March 15, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team posted a program-record 446.15 team score to earn an upset win over No. 1 Oklahoma in a tri-meet on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at St. John Arena. The Sooners posted a 444.30 to place second while Temple scored a 402.85 to finish third.
“I’m really happy with the outcome of the meet, not just because we won, but because the team gained even more confidence in being on the floor with a top-ranked team,” Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “We still had a few mistakes here and there but we will learn from them as we move forward to compete at the Big Ten Championships.”
The Buckeyes claimed every individual event title against Oklahoma and Temple. Sophomore Jake Martin posted three first-place finishes, winning the all-around title with a career-high 89.450 while also posting a win on vault with a career-high 15.500, and a win on high bar with a 14.450. Freshman Jake Dastrup won both floor exercise and pommel horse, earning a career-high 15.400 on both events. Lastly, junior co-captain Drew Moling posted a career-high 15.900 to win on rings while freshman Sean Melton won parallel bars with a career-high 16.050.
Melton set new NCAA and Ohio State records on parallel bars with his career-high score. The previous NCAA record on the event (15.95) was set by 2012 Olympian Sam Mikulak (Michigan) in 2013.
Ohio State also posted team wins on four events, claiming first place on floor exercise (75.400), pommel horse (75.850), parallel bars (74.450) and high bar (72.750). The team scores on floor exercise, pommel horse and parallel bars set new program records.
The Scarlet and Gray opened the meet on floor exercise, where they were led by Dastrup. Behind Dastrup, Martin scored a career-high 15.300 and Melton tied his career-high by scoring a 15.200 to finish in second and fourth place overall, respectively.
The Buckeyes moved to pommel horse, where Dastrup claimed his second individual event title of the afternoon to pace the team. Behind Dastrup, Martin and redshirt senior co-captain Michael Newburger each scored a 15.250 to round out the top three scorers. Senior Misha Koudinov scored a career-high 15.000 to finish fourth.
Ohio State traveled to rings for the third rotation, where Moling claimed his fourth individual event title of the season. Sophomore Alex Johnson tallied a career-high 14.950 to finish in third place while Koudinov posted a 14.90 to round out the top Buckeye scorers in fourth place.
Martin paved the way for the Buckeyes on vault in the fourth rotation with his individual event title. Redshirt junior Jeff Treleaven notched a 15.150 to finish in third place.
The Buckeyes competed on parallel bars in the fifth rotation. Behind Melton, Koudinov scored a 14.850 to finish third.
Ohio State closed the meet on high bar. Behind Martin, Johnson scored a 15.25 to finish in second place overall while Melton scored a career-high 15.000 to place sixth overall and secure the win for the Scarlet and Gray.
The Buckeyes have a bye week before opening the postseason at the 2014 Big Ten Championships March 28-29 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb. The team and all-around competition will be held Friday while the individual event championships will take place Saturday. Competition is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET Friday and 5 p.m. ET Saturday.