Jan. 20, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 8 Ohio State men's gymnastics team tied for second place with No. 1 Illinois at the 2013 Windy City Invitational Saturday night at the UIC Physical Education Building in Chicago, Ill. The Buckeyes tallied a team score of 427.750 to finish the season opening meet tied with the defending national champions.
No. 2 Michigan claimed first place with a team score of 431.300 followed by No. 1 Illinois and No. 8 Ohio State. No. 7 Minnesota placed fourth (425.750), No. 10 Iowa placed fifth (422.350) and No. 15 UIC rounded out the competition in sixth place (401.600).
"I am very proud of the team," Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said. "We only hit 69 percent of our routines, but we are just beginning a long season and the most important part is how we finish it."
The Buckeyes opened the meet on parallel bars, totaling an overall score of 70.100. Junior All-American Misha Koudinov paved the way for Ohio State, tallying a team-high 14.450 to finish in seventh place. In his first collegiate meet, true freshman Jake Martin narrowly missed placing in the top ten, scoring a 14.250 to tie for 11th place.
Ohio State moved to high bar for the second rotation, earning a team score of 70.950. Martin claimed first place for the Buckeyes with a season-best 15.250. He was followed by senior Blaize Monks, who scored a 14.250 to tie for eighth-place.
Redshirt sophomore Jeff Treleaven led the Scarlet and Gray in the third rotation on floor exercise, scoring a 15.000 to place seventh. Monks once again tied for an eighth-place finish, tallying a 14.800 to help the Buckeyes earn an overall team score of 73.700.
Martin continued his momentum in the fourth rotation on pommel horse, leading the team to its 70.850 overall score after posting a 15.150 to finish second. He was followed by redshirt junior and All-American Michael Newburger, who posted a 14.700 to finish eighth, and senior John Laing who scored a 14.400 to finish just outside of the top ten in 11th place.
Sophomore Drew Moling led Ohio State in the fifth rotation on rings, scoring a 14.800 to tie for third place. He was followed by Koudinov, who finished with a 13.900.
The Buckeyes ended the meet strongly on vault. Treleaven, an All-American on the event, scored a 15.150 to finish in second place. He was followed by sophomore Larry Mayer, who posted a 15.000 to place third.
Ohio State returns to action at the Metroplex Challenge in Dallas, Texas at 7 p.m. Jan. 25.