March 7, 2020

No. 5 Buckeyes Defeat No. 9 Hawkeyes at 2020 Arnold Challenge


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team notched a victory at the annual Arnold Challenge Saturday afternoon, defeating Big Ten opponent Iowa and Northern Illinois. The Buckeyes scored a total team score of 407.650 followed by Iowa at 402.800 and Northern Illinois at 325.850.

The Buckeyes came out on top in all six events, which included five first-place solo winners (pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, high bar) and one tie for first (floor). On floor, Jesse Tyndall tied for first (14.200) followed by Kazuki Hayashi falling closely behind with a third-place finish (14.150). Trevor Cummings scored a career-high as a Buckeye and a first-place finish on pommel with a score of 14.500. Freshman Donovan Hewitt had an impressive performance taking the first place spot on both rings (13.800, career-high) and vault (14.450). Andrew Brower earned the title on parallel bars (13.950) while Jesse Tyndall took first on high bar (14.250). Dexter Roettker set a career-high with a second-place finish on vault (14.350), while freshman Justin Ah Chow set his career on high bar in second place.

Buckeye Personal Bests
Trevor Cummings (Pommel, 14.500)
Donovan Hewitt (Rings, 13.800)
Dexter Roettker (Vault, 14.350)
Justin Ah Chow (High Bar, 14.100)
The final results can be found here.

“I think the team did a good job from the beginning until the end. We had some uncharacteristic mistakes on PH, SR, and PB. Overall I am happy where we are right now.” said Head Coach, Rustam Sharipov, “We have a short week to fix the little mistakes and hit the road to Minnesota as we take on the Gophers and Cornhuskers. I’m very proud of this group of kids and honored to coach them each and every day. Thanks for your support and Go Bucks!”

Next Up

The Scarlet and Gray return to competition for a Friday night meet March 13 as they continue Big Ten competition versus Minnesota and Nebraska in a tri-meet. The Buckeyes will hit the road as they travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to compete. The meet is slated for 6 p.m. ET.