COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team opened the 2022 season at the Windy City Invitational on Saturday night. The Buckeyes finished second among all teams, including two Division I opponents in Michigan and Illinois and club programs from UIC, Iowa, Minnesota and Northern Illinois, with a team score of 387.70.
Senior Jesse Tyndall set a career-high on the high bar with a competition-leading score of 14.550, while graduate Andrew Brower set a career-high on pommel horse (13.650). Tyndall also finished third overall on the parallel bars (13.650) and junior Kazuki Hayashi was fourth in the all-around competition (74.800).
How it Happened
The Buckeyes began their meet on rings, amassing a team score of 62.800. All-arounder junior Donovan Hewitt had the team’s highest score (13.500) and Tyndall posted the second highest (13.100). Sophomore Tyler Rockwood (12.250), senior Angel Leon (12.000) and sophomore Kameron Nelson (11.950) also competed on rings.
The team’s highest event total came on the vault, combining for 69.200 as all five scored at least 13.300. Hewitt again posted the team’s leading score (14.500), while Jakob Murray also achieved at least a 14.000 with 14.100. Hayashi (13.900), Justin Ah Chow (13.400) and Nelson (13.300) also had solid vaults.
The Buckeyes’ team score on parallel bar was 64.300. Leading the way was Tyndall (13.650), finishing third overall. Brower was not far behind with a score of 13.350. Hayashi (12.850), Hewitt (12.400) and red-shirt sophomore Christian Bartolini (12.050) rounded out the team’s lineup.
Ohio State’s second-highest total of the meet came on high bar, 64.400. Tyndall had the best score in the competition and also a career-best of 14.550. Hayashi and Hewitt each earned a 12.950. Ah Chow posted a 12.650 and Bartolini an 11.300.
Ohio State totaled 62.650 on floor. Nelson led the team with a 13.650, with Tyndall right behind him (13.500) and Hayashi also over 13 with a 13.250. Ah Chow (11.450) and Murray (10.800) rounded out OSU’s showing.
The team combined for a 64.350 score on pommel horse, once again posting three scores over 13. Brower led the squad with his new career-best score of 13.650 and senior Trevor Cummings was just a tenth off that with 13.550. Ah Chow scored 13.150, with seniors Curtis Chang (12.900) and Luke Smigliani (11.100) wrapping up the team’s competition.
Hayashi and Hewitt competed in the all-around for Ohio State. Hayashi finished fourth overall with a score of 74.800. Hewitt finished with a 71.500. This was the first collegiate all-around competition for both Hayashi and Hewitt.
What They Said
Head Coach Rustam Sharipov: “After the rough start on our first event, rings, and losing Angel to injury, the team never lost their focus. They did a great job adjusting and filling in the gaps where Angel was in the lineup. We finished very strong on our last event (pommel horse) to close out the meet in second place. I’m very proud of the team, however we have lots of room for improvements and will get back in the gym to clean up our mistakes. We hope to see everyone next weekend at our home opener vs. New York Alliance.”
The Buckeyes host the New York Alliance next Saturday in the first home meet of the season. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.