March 16, 2019

No. 7 Buckeyes Win Five Events at No. 9 Iowa


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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The No. 7 Ohio State University men’s gymnastics team went to battle against the No. 9 University of Iowa Hawkeyes, taking five events but falling short of the team victory as the Buckeyes fell to the Hawkeyes, 400.650-to-396.400 on Saturday.

Alec Yoder continued to prove why he’s the premier pommel horse competitor in the nation, taking his sixth title of the season on the pommel with a 14.550.

Yoder wasn’t finished though, as he notched a 14.500 on the vault, tying co-captain Joey Bonanno for first place on the afternoon.

Over on the rings Max Andryushchenko took his second title of the year with a 13.750. Alex Wilson brought the heat on the parallel bars, notching a 13.850, tied for first on the day.

Last, but certainly not least, is Jesse Tyndall taking his first career win on the floor with a 13.950.

“We ran into the same situation we had last weekend where we couldn’t finish how we wanted to,” OSU Head Coach Rustam Sharipov said. “We had some adversity and lineup changes but that’s not an excuse for not finishing. It’s frustrating because I see them put the work in every week at practice, but there’s something wrong and we need to figure it out quickly with the post-season coming up. This was an important meet for us, and I hope it’s a learning experience for the team.”

As a team the Buckeyes set a new season-high with a 72.150 on the vault, while a slew of Buckeyes notched good scores. The top three finishers on the pommel came from OSU, with Trevor Cummings taking second place with a 14.200 score, and David Szarvas finishing third with a 13.850.

Sean Neighbarger showed out on the vault, tying for third with a 14.450. All five Buckeyes tallied at least 14.300 on the vault, with Dexter Roettker earning a 14.400 and Alex Wilson tallying a 14.300.

Bonanno once again impressed with a solid floor routine, notching a 13.850 score and third place on the day

The Buckeyes return to Columbus to wrap up the regular season next Sunday when Illinois comes to town for senior day. The action is set to get underway at 5 p.m. in St. John Arena.