Feb. 15, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team scored a program best 443.300 Friday night, defeating No. 8 California, 443.300 – 426.500, in its first home meet of the season at St. John Arena.

“I was very happy with the outcome of the competition,” Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “We still haven’t had our best performances yet and we have room to improve, but we’re headed in the right direction and I’m pleased with the attitude of the team.”

Three Buckeyes claimed individual event titles against the Golden Bears. Sophomore Jake Martin claimed the high bar and all-around titles, scoring a career-high 15.800 and career-high 89.000, respectively. Freshman Sean Melton earned first-place finishes on floor exercise with a career-high 15.200, vault with a career-high 15.200 and parallel bars, tying his career-high with a 15.400. Junior co-captain Drew Moling claimed the title on rings, scoring 15.700.

In addition, Ohio State also tallied team event bests on floor exercise and parallel bars, with overall scores of 73.800 and 74.350, respectively.

The Buckeyes opened the meet on floor exercise, led by Melton who claimed the individual event title with his career-high score. Following Melton, Martin earned a career-high 14.900 en route to tying for a third-place finish with teammate Danny Steiner.

Ohio State moved to pommel horse for the second rotation. Senior Misha Koudinov paved the way for the Buckeyes, scoring a career-high 14.75 to place second overall. Freshman Jake Dastrup tallied a 14.65 to place third and seniors Brandan Jones and Michael Newburger tied for fourth place, each scoring a 14.55.

Moling once again led the Scarlet and Gray on rings, collecting his second consecutive individual event title. Martin placed second overall with a career-high 15.15 while Koudinov rounded out the top three Buckeyes, scoring a 14.80 for a fourth-place overall finish.

Melton collected his second individual event title of the night in the fourth rotation, with his career-high score on vault. Freshman Jake Dastrup tied his career-high score of 14.95 to place third overall, and freshman Logan Melander scored a 14.80 to place sixth overall and round out the top three Ohio State scorers.

The Buckeyes claimed the top four finishes on parallel bars in the fifth rotation. Behind Melton, who claimed the event title, Dastrup placed second with a career-high 15.05, Koudinov placed third with a 14.85 and Martin finished fourth overall with a 14.65.

Ohio State competed on high bar in the sixth and final rotation, where Martin collected his first individual event title of the night with his career-high score. Junior Alex Nork scored a career-high 15.60 to place second overall and sophomore Alex Johnson earned a 15.15 to place fourth.

In all-around competition, Martin claimed the title with his career-high score. Melton placed third overall with a score of 88.550.

The Buckeyes have a break from team competition as select members of the team will compete at the Winter Cup Feb. 20-22 in Las Vegas, Nev. The team returns to action Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. with the Arnold Challenge at the Columbus Convention Center.