COLUMBUS Ohio– Competing in its season home opener the No. 5 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team fell, 341.350-349.700, to top-ranked Illinois Saturday at St. John Arena.
On floor, junior captain Brandon Wynn led Ohio State with a second-place a 15.050, just trailing Illinois Tyler Mizoguchi’s 15.150. The Buckeyes’ event total was rounded out by senior Shachar Tal who scored a 14.650, sophomore Phil Onorato with a 14.200 and senior captain Justin Myers’ 14.200. The team entered in an event total of 58.100. Although the Buckeyes raised the team total over one point from the Windy City Invitational, they still fell four tenths behind Illinois on the event.
Next up on pommel horse, sophomore Steven Spencer battled against Daniel Ribeiro the reigning NCAA pommel horse champion. Spencer placed second with a 14.450 while Ribeiro scored a 15.450. The Buckeyes struggled on pommel horse, finishing out the event with a team score of 53.850.
In the third rotation the Buckeyes traveled to rings. With only four members competing on the event, Ohio State needed a strong showing from all. Wynn won the event with a 15.850 and sophomore Mike Behles, competing for the first time this season, notched a 14.300 to tie for fourth. The Scarlet and ended rings with a score of 57.100 while Illinois had a 57.800 for the event win.
Moving on to vault, Ohio State boosted its event total to 63.750, 2.600 points above the team’s showing at Windy City. The Buckeyes swept vault, placing first through fourth. Onorato led the pack scoring a 16.050, followed by Wynn with a 16.000, Behles a 15.900 and Myers a 15.800, all marking season bests on the event for the Buckeyes.
Tal led the Buckeyes on parallel bars with a 13.850 placing fourth. Rounding out the team score were Myers, Behles and Wynn. Myers and Behles tied for fifth and Wynn placed seventh. Ohio State finished the event with a 53.500 behind Illinois who scored a 55.750.
Finishing the meet on high bar, the Buckeyes once again had to count all four scores of those competing. Junior Sean Regan led the Buckeyes with a season-best 14.150. Rounding out the team score of 55.050 were Myers, freshman Blaize Monks and Wynn.
Wynn, the only Buckeye competing in the all-around, placed third with an 85.650.
Up next, Ohio State travels to Las Vegas for the USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Challenge Feb 4-6.