No. 4 Ohio State Ties for Second Place at Windy City Invitational
Jan. 18, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 4 Ohio State men's gymnastics team closed out the Windy City Invitational Saturday night at the UIC Physical Education Building in Chicago, Ill., in a tie for second place with No. 5 Illinois. The Buckeyes earned a final overall score of 436.050 to finish the season opening meet tied with the Fighting Illini for the second consecutive season.
No. 1 Michigan claimed first place with a team score of 437.500. No. 9 Minnesota placed fourth (424.800), No. 8 Iowa (417.700) placed fifth and host institution UIC rounded out the competition in sixth place (395.500).
"I am really proud of the guys for their performances tonight," Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said. "We have a young team and they did a tremendous job of handling the adversity we've faced. This is a great way to start the season, and now we'll go back and focus on improving our routines, getting healthy and getting ready for Illinois next week."
Two Buckeyes set or tied NCAA records Saturday night. Redshirt senior Michael Newburger scored a career-high and school record 16.250 on pommel horse to earn the all-time best record on the event while junior Larry Mayer tied the all-time best record on vault with his career-high and school record score of 15.800.
The previous NCAA record on pommel horse (16.00) was set by Daniel Ribeiro (Illinois) in 2009, while Mayer is now tied for the NCAA record on vault with Jake Dalton (Oklahoma), who originally set the current record in 2011.
The team also set Ohio State records on pommel horse and vault, earning overall scores of 74.150 and 75.100, respectively.
In addition to Newburger and Mayer, two other Buckeyes also earned individual event titles. Junior Drew Moling tied his career-high 15.500 to earn first place on rings while senior Misha Koudinov tallied a 15.150 to notch first place on parallel bars.
The Buckeyes opened the meet on rings, where Moling paced the team. He was followed by freshman Sean Melton who tallied a 14.950 to place fifth overall and Koudinov, who also tied his career-high score on rings with a 14.450.
Ohio State moved to vault for the second rotation, where Mayer led the Buckeyes with his record-setting score. Behind Mayer, freshman Logan Melander tied for fourth place overall with a score of 15.150 and freshman Jake Dastrup placed ninth overall with a score of 14.950.
The Buckeyes were led by Koudinov on parallel bars in the third rotation. Freshman Andrew Rickly placed second on the team and eighth overall with a 14.700 and sophomore Alex Johnson earned a 14.350 to round out the top three team scorers.
Koudinov once again led the Buckeyes in the fourth rotation on high bar, notching a career-high 15.000 to pave the way and earn a second-place overall finish. Behind Koudinov, Melton tallied a 14.750 to tie for fifth place, and Moling scored a 14.500 to round out the top three team scorers.
Ohio State moved to floor exercise for the fifth rotation, where Dastrup led the team with a 14.350, placing tenth overall. Johnson and Melander tied for second place on the team, both scoring a 14.300.
The Buckeyes closed the invitational on pommel horse. Behind Newburger, Melton tallied a 15.000 on the event to finish third overall, Dastrup scored a 14.550 to place sixth and Koudinov notched a 14.450 to finish in a tie for eighth.
Ohio State returns to action Sunday, Jan. 26 at Illinois in the first of two Big Ten regular season dual meets. The meet is slated to start at 2 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by BTN on delay.