March 8, 2019

No. 7 Buckeyes Take Two Events in Home Opener


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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 7 Ohio State University men’s gymnastics team hit the mats in St. John Arena for the first time in 2019, taking two event titles but falling just short of an overall team win. The Buckeyes finished with 405.550, good for second behind the No. 5 Minnesota Golden Gophers score of 406.300. The No. 8 Nebraska Cornhuskers took third on the evening 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.

“We made a few mistakes early but got in a groove after that,” OSU Head Coach Rustam Sharipov said. “The guys started getting excited and all we needed to do was finish on the high bar, but we fell short. I hope it’s a lesson for the young guys, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. We’ll be back in the gym tomorrow to start looking ahead to Iowa. It’s never easy to win at Iowa, but we just have to do our jobs. We have to keep that focus until the very end, but the team is learning and growing. We didn’t finish the way we should, but I know we can move on and not make those mistakes in the future.”

In a meet that saw four Nissen Emery finalists, the Buckeyes still managed to shine and show progress. Now Ohio State looks to keep that progress going at it hits the road to face the Iowa Hawkeyes next Saturday. The action is set to get underway at 1 p.m. ET.