Feb. 23, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 5 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team posted its best team score of the season Saturday afternoon, but was edged by defending national champion No. 7 Illinois, 438.600-438.000, at St. John Arena.

“I am very proud of the team for facing the adversity we’ve had this year,” Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “A lot of the guys stepped up today. We are improving every week and we’re on the right path and that’s what matters.”

The Buckeyes tallied team bests on three events in addition to posting their best overall team score of the season. Ohio State notched team highs on floor exercise (75.350), rings (73.150) and parallel bars (71.300).

Four Buckeyes also won individual event titles against the Illini. Senior John Laing earned his second event title of the season on pommel horse with a career-high 15.55, while sophomore Alex Nork posted a season-high 14.80 to win the title on parallel bars. Redshirt sophomore Jeff Treleaven tied his career high with a 15.30 to place first on vault and freshman Alex Johnson scored a career-high 15.20 to claim first on high bar.

Ohio State started the meet on floor exercise where sophomore Danny Steiner tallied a 15.55 to lead the Buckeyes with a second-place finish. Behind Steiner, Treleaven scored a career-high 15.40 to place third.

The Scarlet and Gray moved to the pommel horse for the second rotation, where they swept the top three places. Behind Laing, junior Brandän Jones earned a career-high 15.00 to place second and redshirt junior Michael Newburger scored a 14.80 to finish third.

Sophomore Drew Moling paced the Buckeyes on rings in the third rotation, notching a 15.40 to place second.

The Buckeyes moved to vault for the fourth rotation, once again sweeping the top three places. Behind Treleaven, Moling scored a 15.00 to earn second place while sophomore Andrew Teal posted a 14.80 to finish in third place.

Ohio State competed on parallel bars and high bar for the fifth and sixth rotations. On parallel bars, Johnson tallied a career-high 14.35 to place second behind Nork while scoring a career-high 15.20 on high bar to win his first career individual event title.

The Buckeyes have a brief break in action before hosting UIC Saturday, March 9 in a co-ed dual meet with the women’s gymnastics team at St. John Arena. The meet marks Senior Day for two Ohio State men’s gymnasts, John Laing and Blaize Monks, and is slated to start at 4 p.m.