January 12, 2023

Ohio State Opens 2023 Season at Windy City Invite


Ohio State at the Windy City Invite

Date: Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023

Venue: Navy Pier Festival Hall A (Chicago, Ill.)

Meet: 8 p.m. ET | Facebook Live

Opponents: Greenville, Illinois, Michigan, NIU (club), UIC (club)

Rosters: Ohio State | Greenville | Illinois | Michigan | NIU


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team opens the season at the Windy City Invite on Saturday, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The Buckeyes will compete against Big Ten foes Illinois and Michigan, the newly founded Greenville team and club programs from Northern Illinois and the University of Illinois – Chicago.

The meet will be streamed live on the Ohio State men’s gymnastics official Facebook page, while final results can be found after the conclusion of the meet on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

  • In December, Ohio State was selected by the Big Ten’s coaches to finish third in the conference this season.
  • Senior captain Donovan Hewitt and junior Kameron Nelson were picked as Big Ten Gymnasts to watch prior to the start of the 2023 season.
  • Following the 2021-22 season, Hewitt was named an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar, a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Athlete, an OSU Scholar Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten. Hewitt earned a spot on the All-Big Ten Second Team by finishing in a tie for third on rings (14.050) at the Big Ten Championships during individual competition.
  • Nelson is the reigning Big Ten Vault Champion after earning a 14.800 to place himself on the All-Big Ten First Team. Following the conclusion of the 2021-22 season, Nelson was named Academic All-Big Ten and an OSU Scholar Athlete. Nelson also competed at the USA Gymnastics Championships this past summer.
  • Last season, Ohio State won the Big Ten regular season championship for the first time since the conference began awarding a regular-season champion in 2019.
  • The 2022 Buckeyes went 4-2 in dual meets, including conference wins against No. 4 Michigan, No. 4 Nebraska and No. 7 Penn State.
  • OSU finished third as a team at the Big Ten Championships and went on to finish fifth at the NCAA Championships, advancing to the finals for the first time since the 2017 season.
  • Ohio State returns 13 gymnasts from the 2022 team and added eight newcomers during the offseason.
  • Hewitt, senior Luke Smigliani and junior Tyler Rockwood will serve as captains this season.

The Buckeyes’ first home meet is against Illinois on Feb. 11, beginning at 1 p.m. ET. Admission and parking are free to all regular-season home men’s gymnastics meets. Ohio State will host the 2023 Big Ten Championships on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1.


Captain Luke Smigliani talks about what it means to him to be captain ahead of the first meet of the season.