COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team earned its best team score of the season (407.956) to finish second in the evening session of the NCAA qualifiers in Norman, Okla. The second-place finish punched the Buckeyes’ ticket to tomorrow evening’s NCAA team championships.
The Buckeyes put up the second-best team scores of the season on floor, parallel bars and high bar. Jesse Tyndall had the highest scoring floor routine of the evening with a 14.433 and a stuck landing. Donovan Hewitt won the rings competition by scoring a 14.166, while Tyndall tied for second overall with a 14.100. Dexter Roettker and Kameron Nelson tied for second overall on vault with a 14.600. Jakob Murray earned a career-best 14.100 on floor.
How it Happened
The Buckeyes began the meet with a strong team score of 68.232 on rings. Hewitt led the Buckeyes on rings with a 14.166, followed closely by Tyndall’s 14.100. Tyler Rockwood was just 0.050 shy of his career-best as he scored a 13.700 with a stuck dismount. Luke Smigliani and Nelson each earned a 13.133 with Smigliani sticking his dismount. Smigliani’s score was just 0.017 off his career-best.
Ohio State scored 71.032 as a team to gain the lead after two rotations. Roettker and Nelson each earned a 14.600 to lead Ohio State. Justin Ah Chow posted a 14.333. Kazuki Hayashi began the Buckeyes’ rotation with a 13.833. Hewitt rounded out the OSU showing with a 13.666.
The Buckeyes maintained the lead midway through the meet with the second-highest parallel bars team score of the season (67.465). Justin Ah Chow posted a 14.033 to lead the Buckeyes. Tyndall finished with a 13.733. Murray earned a season-best 13.566, while Andrew Brower was close behind with a 13.500. Domenic Sciulli capped off the Buckeyes’ rotation with a 12.633.
Ohio State continued to lead the session after four rotations and its second-best high bar score of the season (66.965). Tyndall led the Buckeyes with a 13.900. Roettker (13.500) and Hayashi (13.433) both put together strong routines. Sciulli posted his season-best score of 13.166 while Hewitt stuck his dismount to earn a 12.966.
The Buckeyes held the lead after five rotations and the second-highest team floor score of the season (69.232). Tyndall had the highest score of the meet on floor (14.433) and stuck his final pass. Murray earned a career-best 14.100 on floor. Nelson scored a 13.833, while Hayashi earned a 13.600 and Roettker led off the rotation with a 13.266.
Ohio State totaled 64.630 as a team on pommel horse to wrap up the qualifying meet. Ah Chow led the team with a 13.566. Brower posted a 13.366 and Curtis Chang earned a 13.066. Smigliani had a 12.666, while Trevor Cummings concluded the meet with an 11.966.
What They Said
Head Coach Rustam Sharipov: “I’m really proud of the team. I think they deserved how they performed today. They proved that we are who we are. We still have tomorrow and have a lot to prove. We are not done, but it’s a good start. I’m really, really proud of the team. We look forward to having our supporters in the stands tomorrow night.”
The 2022 NCAA Championships take place on Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The Buckeyes will compete against Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Stanford for the team championship.