COLUMBUS, Ohio- The No. 5-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team is set to return to Big Ten competition as they compete in the annual Arnold Challenge against No. 9 Iowa and Northern Illinois University this Saturday, March 7. Action is set to get underway at 2 p.m. ET at the Ohio Expo Center. The event will be streamed via Facebook live on Ohio State’s men’s gymnastics page.
Last season, the No. 8 Buckeyes pulled off an upset at the 2019 Arnold Challenge over No. 6 Penn State, notching a new season-high score of 413.150.
Iowa in 2019
Last season, the Scarlet and Gray traveled to Iowa, winning five events. Ohio State notched a season-high on vault but ultimately the team fell short of a victory 400.650 to 396.400.
Last Time Out
Ohio State competed this past weekend at Covelli in its final home meet for the inaugural season, hosting No. 7 Navy.
The Buckeyes took the overall team score victories on pommel horse (66.450), rings (67.800), parallel bars (67.700) and high bar (68.250), and had a gymnast place first in five out of six events. Freshman, Kazuki Hayashi took first place on floor and set a new career-high with a score of 14.400. Two Buckeyes, Rihards Trams and Luke Smigliani, brought stellar performances on pommel, both tying for the first-place spot with a score of 13.800 that doubled as career-bests. Another first place title was claimed on rings by Max Andryushchenko for the Buckeyes with a score of 13.800. Sean Neighbarger contributed to a Scarlet and Gray victory with a tie for third on vault with a score of 14.600, a new season-high. Justin Ah Chow took first on parallel bars (14.100) followed by Angel Leon (13.700), Jesse Tyndall (13.650), and Neighbarger (13.550). Ohio State ended the last rotation strong on high bar with Leon placing first
and setting a new career-high with a score of 14.400, followed by Tyndall (14.150) and Ah Chow (13.650).
Iowa Scouting Report
The Hawkeyes last competed March 1, hosting Big Ten opponent Illinois which ended in a tie (403.050). Senior, Mitch Mandozzi, won the vault event with a score of 14.400. Mandozzi also earned a career-best score on high bar (13.750). Senior Nick Merryman won the parallel bars event with a score of 13.800. Merryman scored his season-best on rings (13.400) and tied his season-best on high bar (13.200). Junior Bennet Huang won the all-around and earned a career-best score of 81.300. Huang also won the high bar event with a career-best score of 13.850.
Iowa has competed against two other Big Ten opponents this season which included a loss to Nebraska (402.950) and a win over Minnesota (400.000)