March 11, 2023

Ohio State Falls Short Against No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 4 Penn State



COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team (10-5, 1-2 B1G) fell to No. 1 Oklahoma (14-1, 3-1 MPSF) and No. 4 Penn State (4-3, 2-2 B1G) on senior day on Saturday inside Covelli. The Buckeyes finished with a team score of 397.600, while Oklahoma won the meet with an even 410.000 and Penn State earned a 404.450.

Parker Thackston won the pommel horse title with a career-best 14.200. Kameron Nelson (13.600) and Tomohiro Kawada (13.450) both stuck their dismounts on rings, while Tyler Rockwood stuck his parallel bars dismount (13.800). On high bar, Jacob Harmon stuck his dismount for a career-best 13.450 and Kazuki Hayashi and Donovan Hewitt also stuck their dismounts.

How it Happened

Pommel Horse

Ohio State began the meet with a 66.700 on pommel horse, the best team pommel horse set of the competition. Thackston’s career-best 14.200 led the Buckeyes with Kristian Grahovski close behind (13.950). Luke Smigliani earned a 13.250 and Jesse Pakele had a 13.200. Logan McGlynn rounded out the Buckeyes’ rotation with a 12.100.


The Buckeyes earned a 66.600 as a team on rings. Nelson (13.600, tied for second overall) and Kawada (13.450) each stuck their dismount to lead the Buckeyes. Arthur Ashton followed with a 13.300, just 0.050 off his career-best. Hewitt earned a 13.250 and Grahovski wrapped up OSU’s rotation with an even 13.000.


Ohio State earned an even 67.000 on floor as the Buckeyes were second at the midway point of the meet. Pakele led OSU with a career-high 13.900. Kazuki Hayashi scored a 13.650, while Harmon earned a 13.500. Nelson had a 13.350 and Caden Spencer finished off with a 12.600.

Parallel Bars

The Buckeyes earned 66.150 as a team on parallel bars. Rockwood led OSU with a 13.800 and a stuck dismount. Spencer (13.750) and Jakob Murray (13.650) closely followed. Nelson and Hayashi rounded out the Buckeyes’ rotation with a 12.550 and a 12.400, respectively.

High Bar

Ohio State had a team score of 62.850 on high bar. Harmon led the way with a personal-best 13.450 and the stick to finish third overall. Grahovski earned an even 13.000 and Spencer had a 12.300. Hayashi (12.250) and Hewitt (11.850) also stuck their dismounts.


The Buckeyes wrapped up the meet with a 68.300 on vault. Spencer led the team with a 14.300, while Hayashi had a 14.250, Harmon earned a 14.150 and Nelson had an even 14.000. Hewitt wrapped up the Buckeyes’ lineup with an 11.600.

What They Said

Head Coach Rustam Sharipov: “I’m grateful for our seniors and their leadership. Today was disappointing, but we’re looking ahead to next week at Nebraska and accomplishing our main goals in the postseason.”

Up Next

Ohio State travels to Nebraska on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET as the two teams compete in a tri-meet with Greenville. The meet will be broadcast live on B1G+.