March 15, 2019

No. 7 Buckeyes Head to No. 9 Iowa

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 7 Ohio State University men’s gymnastics team hits the road for its first road competition in over a month when the Buckeyes face the No. 9 University of Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday. The meet is set for a 1 p.m. ET start and airs live on BTN.

Last Time Out

The Buckeyes hosted their first home meet of the season with a hotly contested tri-meet against Minnesota and Nebraska. Ohio State nearly took the team all-around victory on the day with a 405.550 score, but the Golden Gophers edged past the Buckeyes with a 406.300 on the evening. Nebraska finished with 402.300.

Alec Yoder claimed a pair of titles, scoring a 14.700 on the pommel horse and 14.550 on the parallel bars. Alex Wilson put on a show on the rings, notching a 14.150 to take third place for the evening, and just passing Max Andryushchenko’s 14.100 score. Joey Bonanno and Jesse Tyndall showed out on the floor with both tallying a 14.400 score and tying for third place. Angel Leon continues to impress, scoring 13.400 and taking third place on the high bar, while Sean Neighbarger tied for second with a 14.700 on the vault.

Alec Yoder Interview

National Scores

Ohio State enters the meet with the ninth-highest four score average in the nation with 402.250. The Buckeyes rank in the top 10 in multiple categories, including sixth place in both the pommel horse (66.150) and the parallel bars (67.150), seventh place on the rings (67.250) and vault (70.800) and 10th place on the floor (68.000).

Individually the Bucks are led by Alec Yoder and his 14.750 national qualifying average on the pommel, good for third in the nation. Sean Neighbarger is no slouch himself as he holds the third-highest NQA on the vault with a 14.650.

Iowa holds the eight-highest four score average in the country with 402.367. For individual events the Hawkeyes rank sixth nationally in the high bar (66.433) and the rings (67.250), seventh on pommel (66.017), eighth on the parallel bar (66.667) and ninth on the vault (70.317).

David Szarvas Interview

Scouting the Hawkeyes

The Hawkeyes enter the weekend ranked No. 9 in the country, but notched a huge win over then No.3 Michigan last weekend. Iowa has two of the top 10 ranked all-around gymnasts in the nation in Bennet Huang ranking seventh with a 79.817 average, and Evan Davis clocking in at ninth with a 78.367.