COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team returned home for the second time in the Covelli Center’s inaugural season, falling in a heartbreaker to rival Michigan, 409.600-408.500.
The Buckeyes took the first spot in team scores on floor (70.800) and vault (71.650). Sophomore Jesse Tyndall scored a 15.000 on floor, placing first and becoming the fourth gymnast this season nationally to do so. Kazuki Hayashi earned the second-place spot on floor (14.250) while Sean Neighbarger placed fourth (14.000). Rihards Trams set a personal best and earned the top spot for the Buckeyes on pommel horse (13.850). Angel Leon (14.000), Donovan Hewitt (13.750) and Michael Chan (13.600) took the second, third and fourth-place spots on rings with each Buckeye setting a career-high. Justin Ah Chow placed second on vault with a personal best (14.450) while Kazuki Hayashi, Angel Leon, and Sean Neighbarger scored 14.350 in a three-way tie for third. On parallel bars, Sean Neighbarger placed second (13.500) while Kazuki Hayashi and Angel Leon tied for fourth with a score of 13.300. Angel Leon competed on high bar with a score of 14.000, placing third. The Buckeyes improved their overall team score from last week’s meet by 3.5 points.
Buckeye Personal Bests
The final results can be found here.
“I’m very proud of the team and I think the work we have been doing during the week is starting to pay off,” Rustam Sharipov, Ohio State head coach, said. “At the end of the day, on the last two events we lost our focus and I think that is what we need to work on. Other than that, I am very proud of the team and I believe we are moving in the right direction. Now, back to grinding and getting ready for next week’s meet.”
The Buckeyes hit the road Feb. 8 as they compete in their second meet on the road this season against Arizona State, Stanford, and California. The action is set to get underway at 2 p.m. ET.