COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 5 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team won the Buckeyes’ tri-meet on Saturday inside the Covelli Center against No. 10 Army and No. 12 William & Mary. Ohio State finished with 393.950, while Army totaled 374.850 and W&M had 364.550.
Ohio State earned event wins on five events with Luke Smigliani (13.150) winning pommel horse, Jesse Tyndall (14.100) winning rings, Donovan Hewitt winning vault with a 14.800 and Justin Ah Chow winning parallel bars with a 13.800. Tyndall picked up his second event title with a 13.750 on high bar.
How it Happened
Ohio State held the lead after the first rotation with a team score of 62.600. Kazuki Hayashi led the squad with a season-best 13.500. Jakob Murray scored an even 13.000. Ah Chow (12.250), Dexter Roettker (12.100) and Kameron Nelson (11.750) rounded out the Buckeyes lineup.
Andrew Brower and Curtis Chang led the Buckeyes to a 62.250 team score on pommel horse. Smigliani scored a season-best 13.150. Trevor Cummings (12.950) and Logan McGlynn (10.050) rounded out Ohio State’s lineup.
Ohio State scored the second-highest team total of the season (67.450) as Tyler Rockwood tied his career-best 13.500. Tyndall stuck his dismount to score a team-high 14.100. Donovan Hewitt posted an even 14.000. Nelson (13.050) and Smigliani (12.800) also competed for the Buckeyes.
Hewitt scored a career-high 14.800 with a stuck landing to lead the Buckeyes to their highest team score of the season (71.450). Nelson (14.350), Ah Chow (14.250) and Roettker (14.150) all surpassed 14 points, while Hayashi was less than a tenth off with a 13.950.
Ohio State posted a season-best 67.100 as a team on parallel bars. Rockwood recorded a career-high 13.700. Ah Chow and Murray earned season-highs with 13.800 and 13.450, respectively. Tyndall scored a 13.500 with a stuck dismount and Brower wrapped up the Buckeyes’ showing with a 12.650.
The Buckeyes totaled 62.900 as a team on high bar to wrap up the meet. Roettker led off with a season-high 13.100 and a stuck dismount. Tyndall also stuck his dismount to lead the team with a 13.750. Ah Chow (12.300) and Hayashi (10.800) completed the Ohio State lineup.
What They Said
Head Coach Rustam Sharipov: “After a rough, uncharacteristic start on our first couple of events, we were able to get back on track as we strung together a few strong events. We will have a week off to refine and strengthen our weaknesses before we hit the road at Penn State. As always, thank you and we appreciate Buckeye nation’s support!”
The Buckeyes are next in action at No. 7 Penn State on Saturday, March 5. The meet is scheduled for 2 p.m.