March 7, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The eighth-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team used a season-best score of 436.250 to defeat the Ukrainian and Canadian National Teams at the 2015 Arnold Challenge Saturday afternoon at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Ohio State athletes were winners in five of six events at the second annual event held in conjunction with the Arnold Sports Festival. Freshman Meyer Williams won floor exercise, senior Alex Nork won pommel horse, freshman Alexander Wilson won vault and senior captain Drew Moling was victorious on both high bar and rings. As a team the Buckeyes won rings, vault and high bar, totaling season-best scores of 74.150 and 73.700 on rings and vault, respectively.
Moling enjoyed his finest meet of the season for the Buckeyes, adding runner-up finishes on vault and parallel bars to go along with his wins on high bar and rings. He produced personal-best scores on high bar (15.450), vault (15.200) and parallel bars (15.150).
OSU jumped out to the lead after the first rotation with a score of 71.600 on floor exercise. Williams led the way with a personal-best score of 15.300, while redshirt junior Andrew Teal placed third with a season-best score of 14.900.
Ukraine would briefly take a 144.050-142.300 lead after the second rotation as the Buckeyes posted a 70.700 team aggregate on pommel horse. Nork’s win featured a personal-best score of 15.300. Freshman Cody Teaney was fifth for the Buckeyes (14.400), followed by sophomore Logan Melander in seventh (14.050).
Ohio State used its season-high rings score to tie Ukraine at 216.645 after round three. Junior Alex Johnson and freshman Ryan Lemezis tied for fourth place with a score of 14.850 behind Moling and a pair of Ukrainian gymnasts. The score was a personal best for Lemezis and a season best for Johnson.
The Scarlet and Gray would take the lead for good – 290.150-289.900 – at the end of the fourth rotation after its season-best team performance on vault. Wilson used a personal-best mark of 15.250 to take the win ahead of second-place Moling, who also produced a personal best. Teal was fourth with a 14.800.
Ohio State gained separation in the fifth rotation, moving ahead of Ukraine 362.850-358.900 after a team score of 72.700 on parallel bars. Moling’s runner-up finish paced the Buckeyes, while Johnson took fourth with a personal-best 14.600.
The Buckeyes closed the meet on their marquee event, scoring 73.400 on high bar. OSU swept the Top-3 spots, with Moling finishing first, Johnson second with a personal-best 15.200 and Nork third with a 14.900.
1. Ohio State – 436.250
2. Ukrainian National Team – 429.100
3. Canadian National Team – 416.350
Ohio State travels to Norman, Okla., for a dual meet with the No. 1-ranked Sooners on March. 14.