February 29, 2020

No. 5 Buckeyes Top No. 7 Navy on Senior Day



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COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team returned home for the final meet of the 2020 season, concluding competition in Covelli’s inaugural season.The No. 5 Buckeyes highlighted their senior day with a victory over No. 7 Navy, 408.900-397.200. The team score sets a new 2020 best for Ohio State.

The Buckeyes took the overall team score victories on pommel horse (66.450), rings (67.800), parallel bar (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-highs. 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 Sean Neighbarger (13.550). Ohio State ended the last rotation strong on high bar with Angel Leon placing first and setting a new career-high with a score of 14.400, followed by Jesse Tyndall (14.150) and Justin Ah Chow (13.650).

Buckeye Personal Bests 

  • Kazuki Hayashi (Floor, 14.400)
  • Rihards Trams (Pommel, 13.800)
  • Luke Smigliani (Pommel, 13.800)
  • Angel Leon (High Bar, 14.400)

The final results can be found here.

“I am really proud of the team again, I think we started on a quick note. We wanted to be aggressive this weekend from the beginning to the end. I think the guys did a great job, we had fifteen sticks and most importantly finished the high bar with five sticks.”, said Head Coach, Rustam Sharipov, “We had about two and a half weeks off and it is really hard to have a break and get back into the routine. I am really happy with the results and I think they speak for themselves. We are going to go back and work to improve and get better on. Each individual can improve. Next weekend is our Arnold Challenge against Iowa for the regular-season Big Ten competition. Come out and support us, go Bucks!”

The Buckeyes look ahead to compete next Saturday, March 7, as they compete at the annual Arnold Challenge in Columbus, Ohio to continue Big Ten Competition against Iowa. The meet will be held at the Ohio Expo Center and is set to get underway at 2 p.m. ET.


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