January 30, 2021

Ohio State Beats Navy in Virtual Home Opener

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – In its first virtual meet in program history, the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team (1-1) defeated Navy (0-1), 397.200-382.000, on Saturday afternoon inside the Covelli Center.

The Buckeyes led from the very beginning and never looked back. Ohio State won every team event title and individual crown while setting season highs on floor (68.850) and vault (71.600).

Junior Jesse Tyndall was crucial to the Buckeyes’ success, winning three of the four events he competed in. Tyndall took first on floor (14.300), parallel bars (13.500) and horizontal bar (13.300).

“It was great to be back at home competing in Covelli,” said head coach Rustam Sharipov. “I’m impressed every time we step into this state-of-the-art facility. We were lucky enough to have some family and friends at the meet but we miss having the energy and support our fans bring when they pack the arena. As for the meet itself, we did some great things, especially Jesse winning three events. We also had some uncharacteristic mistakes but we have time to get back in the gym and work on making adjustments.”

Ohio State opened the competition on floor, where its gymnasts swept the podium. Tyndall’s 14.300 came in first, followed by Kameron Nelson in second with a 14.250 and Kazuki Hayashi’s 13.800 finishing third.

The team headed to pommel horse and recorded a score of 64.150. Trevor Cummings earned his first individual title of the season thanks to a 13.850. Luke Smigliani took second (12.900) and Navy’s Dan Clark placed third (12.750).

Max Andryushchenko paced the Buckeyes on rings with a 13.250 to claim his first title of the year. Jacob Carlson and Josh Williams from Navy scored a 13.100 and 13.050, respectively, to round out the top spots. Ohio State finished with a score of 64.350.

Next up, the Buckeyes registered a season-high 71.600 on vault. Justin Ah Chow topped all gymnasts thanks to a 14.450. Dexter Roettker was second (14.350) while Sean Neighbarger and Nelson tied for third with a pair of 14.300s.

Tyndall shined yet again, this time on parallel bars with a score of 13.500. It was a tie between Giovanni Gambatese and Travis Keller from Navy for second as both posted a 13.150. The Buckeyes had a 64.350 on the apparatus.

In the final rotation on horizontal bar, Ohio State notched a 63.900, led by Tyndall with a 13.300. Hayashi tied for second with Navy’s Ryan McVay as each scored a 12.900.

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The Buckeyes host Minnesota on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.