Feb. 16, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 5 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team tallied its best team score of the season Saturday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough to overcome No. 3 Michigan as the Buckeyes fell to the Wolverines, 446.150 – 435.650, at St. John Arena.

“We started the meet strong and I’m very pleased with the first half of competition,” Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “I’m proud of how the guys competed as we hit 75 percent of our routines which is not far from our goal. We are still in the process of improving and we are progressing which is all that matters.”

In addition to posting their best team score of the season, the Buckeyes notched team highs on four of six events. Ohio State posted team bests on floor exercise (74.850), pommel horse (73.050), rings (72.850) and vault (74.650).

Redshirt junior Michael Newburger claimed his third event title of the season on pommel horse, scoring a 15.40 to claim first place. Sophomore Larry Mayer earned his first individual event title of the season on vault, scoring a career-high 15.35, while sophomore Drew Moling tied for first on high bar with a career-high 15.05.

Ohio State began the meet on floor exercise, where junior Will Jeffreys scored a career-high 15.250 to lead the team and place third overall. Redshirt sophomore Jeff Treleaven posted a 15.15 to finish in fourth place.

The Buckeyes moved to pommel horse for the second rotation. Newburger paved the way, claiming his third individual event title of the season. Behind Newburger, junior co-captain Kris Done tallied a career-high 14.70 to finish in second place.

On rings, Moling scored a career-high 15.45 to place second on the event overall, leading the team to its overall score of 72.850.

Ohio State moved to vault for the fourth rotation. Mayer led the Buckeyes, claiming his first event title of the season, while Treleaven placed second having scored a season-high 15.05. Sophomore Danny Steiner placed fourth with a career-high 14.90.

The Buckeyes competed on parallel bars and high bar for the fifth and sixth rotations. On parallel bars, Moling scored a career-high 14.75 to finish second overall before claiming his first individual event title this season on high bar. Behind Moling on high bar, junior co-captain Misha Koudinov tallied a career-high 14.50 to place fourth.

Ohio State returns to action at St. John Arena Feb. 23, hosting defending national champion No. 7 Illinois in a co-ed dual meet with the women’s gymnastics team. The meet is set to begin at 4 p.m.