January 22, 2022

Ohio State Improves Team Score in Home Opener

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RESULTS | PHOTO GALLERY

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team beat New York Alliance in its 2022 home opener on Saturday evening. The Buckeyes totaled 399.150 as a team, compared to NYA’s 278.300.

Ohio State scored better as a team in every single event compared to last weekend’s season opener at the Windy City Invite. Six gymnasts set seven new career-highs with three of those coming on the pommel horse. Donovan Hewitt was the lone gymnast to have two career-best routines, doing so on rings (14.200) and parallel bars (13.750).

How it Happened

Floor

Kameron Nelson led Ohio State on the floor with a season-best 13.850. Also clearing 13.000 on their routines were Dexter Roettker (13.600) and Kazuki Hayashi (13.300). Justin Ah Chow scored a 12.950 while Jesse Tyndall rounded out the team’s showing with a 12.800.

Pommel Horse

Trevor Cummings’ career-best 14.600 on the pommel horse led the Buckeyes. Andrew Brower (14.100) and Curtis Chang (13.450) also had career-best showings, while Ah Chow tied his career-best 13.950. Luke Smigliani concluded OSU’s pommel horse lineup with a 11.650.

Rings

Tyndall scored a team-high and career-high 14.350 on rings. Hewitt also tallied a career-high of 14.200. Nelson scored a 13.300 and Ah Chow a 12.100. Tomohiro Kawada made his Buckeye debut with a 10.750.

Vault

The vault was the best event of the meet for the Buckeyes with four gymnasts surpassing 14.000. Roettker had a team-best 14.600. Nelson scored a career-high 14.350. Hewitt earned a 14.200 and Hayashi a season-best 14.050. Ah Chow rounded out the Ohio State lineup with a 13.150.

Parallel Bars

Brower led Ohio State on the parallel bars with a season-high 13.950. Hewitt followed with a career-best 13.750. Kazuki’s 13.400 was a season-best for him. Ah Chow (12.750) and Jakob Murray (12.500) also competed on parallel bars.

High Bar

Tyndall had the highest score on high bar (13.850) for the second-straight meet. Hewitt earned a 12.950. Ah Chow and Hayashi both scored a 12.850, a season-best for Ah Chow. Jadon Roberson made his Buckeye debut with a 12.000.

All-Around

Justin Ah Chow was the Buckeyes’ lone all-around competitor this meet, totaling 77.750.

What They Said

Head Coach Rustam Sharipov: “I’m very proud of the team this past week with our preparation and the results spoke for themselves tonight. There are still a lot of areas we can improve on and we’ll get back in the gym and work on those improvements in the next two weeks of practice before we start our Big Ten regular season at Illinois.”

Up Next

The Buckeyes have a bye week before traveling to Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 5 for a 3 p.m. dual meet.

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