January 26, 2019

No. 8 Buckeyes Fall To No. 1 Sooners in Norman


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NORMAN, Okla. — The No. 8 Ohio State University men’s gymnastics team knew it was in for a battle and that’s exactly what it got against the No. 1 University of Oklahoma Sooners, falling to the defending national champions 423.95 to 395.40 on Saturday night.

Alec Yoder notched the lone event win of the night for the Buckeyes with a 14.750 on the pommel. Ohio State opened the evening on the pommel horse, and freshman Curtis Chang made his first appearance for OSU in the event.

“This was a rough meet this weekend,” head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “We are still in a process a young team adjusting to college meets. They are still learning and getting ready for another challenge next weekend against That Team Up North.”

A total of 15 Buckeyes competed tonight, with Chang and Jesse Tyndall making their first competition appearances for the Bucks. Tyndall notched a team-high 13.200 on the high bar, his only event of the evening. Max Andryuhschenko was the lone Buckeye competing in the all-around tonight, he finished with a 76.900 score. Sean Neighbarger also shined on the vault with a 14.700, tied for the second highest score in the event.

Next weekend the Buckeyes get Big Ten competition started with a trip to Michigan. Things get underway in Ann Arbor at 4 p.m. on Saturday.