Feb. 2, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio  – In its first dual meet of the season, the No. 5 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team fell to No. 1 Penn State, 444.300-432.300, Saturday night at Rec Hall in University Park, Pa.

“I am proud of the team and pleased with our performance,” head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “We had a great meet and hit 79 percent of our routines which is the highest percentage we’ve hit this season. Now we have a week off to recuperate and get ready for our first home meet.”

The Buckeyes posted their highest overall team score of the season against the Nittany Lions, while also tying or setting a new season-best team score in three of six events. Ohio State posted a season-best team score on pommel horse and high bar, tallying scores of 73.000 and 73.250, respectively. The Buckeyes also tied their season-best team score on rings with a 71.800.

True freshman Jake Martin competed in the all-around for Ohio State for the first time this season, tallying a score of 88.000 to narrowly finish second behind Penn State’s Trevor Howard, who claimed first place with a total score of 88.250.

Ohio State opened the dual meet on pommel horse. Redshirt junior Michael Newburger claimed the individual event title for the Buckeyes with a career-high 15.400. Behind Newburger, Martin scored a 14.950 to place third.

The Buckeyes moved to floor exercise for the second rotation, notching an overall team score of 72.750. Redshirt sophomore Jeff Treleaven paced the Buckeyes with a 14.750 to place fourth.

Sophomore Drew Moling and Martin led the Buckeyes on vault during the third rotation, each scoring a career-high 15.050 to tie for second place on the event and lead the Buckeyes to an overall team score of 72.55. Sophomore Troy Richert notched a career-high 14.950 to finish just behind his teammates in fourth place.

Ohio State moved to the rings for the fourth rotation, where Moling notched a 14.900 to lead the team with a fourth-place finish.

On high bar, Martin scored a career-high 15.500 to earn the individual event title for the second time this season. He was followed by junior Kris Done, who posted a season-best 15.100 to finish in second place.

The Buckeyes concluded the meet on parallel bars, totaling an overall score of 68.95. Moling led the team on the event, placing third with a career-high 14.600.

Ohio State returns to action Feb. 16, hosting Michigan at St. John Arena in its first home dual meet of the season. The meet is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m., and will be broadcast on BTN.