Aug. 17, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three Buckeyes – one former, one current and one future – finished in the Top 20 at 2015 P&G Championships Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.
Former Buckeye Brandon Wynn posted the top finish among Buckeyes at the U.S. national championship, claiming 13th in the all-around competition with a two-day score of 173.200. A specialist on rings, Wynn secured a spot on the Team USA roster for the upcoming world championships after earning a silver medal in the event with a two-day total score of 31.500. Wynn is three-time national champion in the event.
“We’re very happy and proud to have Brandon make the national team once again,” head coach Rustam Sharipov said after the competition. “This was a tough P&G meet, but I’m proud of the way our guys continued to fight and compete. Sean, Alec and Tristan all had highlights and did a good job of fighting through adversity.”
Rising junior Sean Melton finished 16th in the all-around with a two-day point total of 171.800. Melton’s top finish came on rings, where he tied for eighth with a score of 30.250, including a personal-best mark of 15.400 on Friday. Melton finished 11th in the all-around at the 2014 P&G Championships.
Alec Yoder, a crowd favorite competing in his hometown of Indianapolis, was 20th in the all-around with a cumulative score of 170.100. Yoder led the pommel horse competition after the first day with an impressive score of 15.600 but endured a nasty fall on his dismount Sunday. Yoder still managed to finish fifth in the event with an overall score of 29.550. Set to join the Buckeyes this fall, Yoder finished eighth in the all-around at Winter Cup 2015 and was the 2014 U.S. Junior Olympics national champion. He also placed third in the all-around at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
Tristan Burke was 28th in the all-around with a score of 166.800, highlighted by a ninth-place performance on vault (29.800). An incoming freshman, Burke was fifth in the junior competition on Friday after winning the junior title at the 2014 P&G Championships.