COLUMBUS, Ohio- The No. 5-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team is set to host Big Ten rival, No. 6-ranked Michigan in its second home meet of the season at Covelli Center on Saturday, Feb 1. The Buckeyes moved up two spots in the national rankings after last week’s dual with Penn State from No. 7 to No. 5 and will face a tough Wolverine opponent. The meet is slated for noon on Saturday and will be streamed here on the Big Ten Network.
Last season, the Buckeyes traveled to Cliff Keen Arena to face Michigan and fell short by a margin of 413.900-402.700. Ohio State notched a season-high, but it was not enough to overcome the then-ranked No. 4 Wolverines. Notably, returner Sean Neighbarger finished second on the fault with a 14.700 and tied for second on floor with a 14.300.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes fell short of a victory in their first road meet of the season last Saturday against Penn State. The Nittany Lions edged Ohio State, 405.900-405.000 despite a season-high team score from the Buckeyes.
Sophomores Jesse Tyndall and Angel Leon both earned first-place finishes with Tyndall placing first on floor with a score of 14.450 and Leon placing first on high bar with a score of 14.250. Sophomore Luke Smigliani set a new personal best on pommel horse with a score of 13.750, tying for third. Ohio State freshman Kazuki Hayashi showed out for the Buckeyes with three Top 5 finishes. He placed second on floor (13.900), fourth on high bars (13.350) and fifth on parallel bars (13.650), which earned him his first career Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor. The Buckeyes improved by 7.5 points overall from the home opener vs. Oklahoma and Arizona State and won three individual events along with three team events.
Michigan Scouting Report
Michigan opened up its 2020 season with a victory in the 50th Windy City Invitational, winning the meet with a 400.000 team score ahead of five other teams.
Junior Cameron Bock placed second in the all-around competition with a score of 83.150 while the Wolverines won four events as a team in pommel horse, vault, parallel bars, and high bar. Brock won both pommel horse and vault while also placing second on floor and parallel bars. Junior Jonathan Liu also won his first event title with a 13.75 on high bar. Notably, five Wolverine freshmen made their debuts on high bar, floor and still rings.
Interview with Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Kazuki Hayashi