ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The No. 8 Ohio State University men’s gymnastics team notched a season-high, but it was not enough to overcome the No. 4 University of Michigan Wolverines as the Buckeyes fell 413.900-402.700 on Saturday in Cliff Keen Arena.
Alec Yoder dominated in his specialty, the pommel horse, notching a 14.900, the second-highest score recorded nationally this season. Sean Neighbarger put on a show as well, finishing second on the vault with a 14.700 and tying for second on the floor with a 14.300. The floor score is a season-high for Neighbarger, while the vault score ties his season-high.
“Really proud of how the team started,” head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “It’s hard to start on the pommel, but we hit on all five. On the second event we had the chance to separate ourselves, but we made some rookie mistakes. Rings was fine and vault went good. After four events we were still in it, but we had some misses on high bar. We counted only five misses total today, which was great for us. We’re moving forward. The guys worked hard this week and it’s paying off. We still have a lot of work ahead of us before the Arnold. Some guys will be at the Winter Cup, the rest of us will keep working at home.”
Some of the Buckeyes will compete at the Winter Cup in two weeks, while the team as a whole does not compete again until the Arnold Challenge on March 3. The Arnold, as always, takes place in Columbus.