TEMPE, Ariz.– The No. 5 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team traveled west for the Southwest Cup placing second with a score of 408.150. No. 2 Stanford took the first place spot (420.400) while No. 11 Cal placed third (396.400), No. 12 Arizona State’s gold team placed fourth (388.950) and Arizona State’s Maroon team placed fifth. (363.800).
On floor, the Buckeyes took the top two spots, freshman, Kazuki Hayashi placing first (14.150) and sophomore, Jesse Tyndall placing second (14.000). Pommel horse followed the same order with the Buckeyes taking the first and second spots with sophomore Trevor Cummings (14.250) followed by sophomore Luke Smigliani (14.050, new career-high). Sophomore, Angel Leon set a new personal best on rings with a score of 14.150, placing fourth. Another career-high was set by freshman, Jakob Murray placing sixth on vault (14.500). Sophomore, Jesse Tyndall placed in the top-five on high bar with a score of 13.500, earning him the fifth-place spot. Overall, the team set two new overall score season bests on pommel horse (67.600) and parallel bars (69.700).
“I want to say thank you to everyone who came and watched. There are no words to describe how proud I am of our team. We had some obstacles before the competition began during the warm-up but our guys can handle diversity very well.” said Head Coach, Rustam Sharipov, “We had only three misses and twelve sticks. I think the team can still improve and we are going to go back home with two weeks off and continue to push and finish the second half of the season on a good note. Go Bucks!”
The Buckeyes take two weekends off as they prepare for the final home meet of the season hosting Navy, Feb. 29th. The meet will be held at the Covelli Center and will be set to get underway at 2:00 p.m. ET.