Feb. 28, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The eighth-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team tallied a season-best score of 432.200 against No.5 Michigan on Senior Day Saturday at St. John Arena. The Wolverines won the meet with a team score of 437.050.
Competing once again without the services of All-Americans Sean Melton and Jake Martin, Ohio State won three of six events as a team and collected three event titles as senior Drew Moling won rings, senior Alex Nork won high bar and senior Larry Mayer won vault. The Buckeyes also produced season-high scores onthree events: rings (73.450), floor exercise (72.250) and pommel horse (71.250).
Ohio State built a 72.250-70.600 lead after the first rotation as the Buckeyes opened on floor and the Wolverines on vault. Scarlet and Gray-clad athletes finished 4-5-6 overall on floor, led by redshirt sophomore Emeric Quade, who produced a personal-best score of 14.950. Senior Danny Steiner turned in a 14.900, while redshirt junior Andrew Teal issued a personal-best 14.800.
The Wolverines would take a 146.150-143.500 lead after the second rotation thanks to a massive 75.550 team aggregate on floor. Ohio State’s run on pommel horse was highlighted by a runner-up and personal-best score of 14.800 by sophomore Logan Melander. Nork was fourth with a routine that produced a 14.650. Freshman Cody Teaney placed fifth with a personal-best 14.500.
Michigan maintained a 219.750-216.950 advantage after the third rotation, which featured OSU on rings and UM on vault. Moling took the title on rings with a season-best 15.550, the sixth-highest score in the nation this season. Teaney was fourth with a 14.850, just shy of a personal best, while junior Alex Johnson placed fifth (14.550).
The contest remained tight after four events, with Michigan up 292.200-289.050. Mayer’s winning score of 15.150 on vault was nearly matched by Teal’s personal-best and third-place score of 15.000. Fifth place went to freshman Seth Delbridge, who earned a personal-best score of 14.700.
UM pulled away on the fifth rotation as the Buckeyes struggled on parallel bars, falling behind 365.150-358.750 after producing a 69.700 team total. Moling was third overall on the parallel bars with a 14.600, followed by freshman Alexander Wilson (fifth, 14.200) and sophomore Andrew Rickly (sixth, 13.750).
Ohio State closed the meet on a high note on the high bar, finishing 1-2. Nork had a season-best routine to earn first place and a 15.300 from the judges, while Rickly equaled his season-best total of 15.000. Johnson placed fifth with a 14.650.
The team recognized seven seniors at the conclusion of the meet: Moling, Nork, Mayer, Steiner and Cory Barnes, along with former athletes Jeff Treleaven and Matthew Barr. A total of 2,101 fans were in attendance Saturday, just shy of a gymnastics attendance record at OSU.
1. Michigan – 437.050
2. Ohio State – 432.200
Ohio State remains in Columbus for the Arnold Challenge next Saturday, March 7, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Meet time is 2 p.m. ET.