Lincoln, Neb.. – Alec Yoder (pommel horse) and Sean Melton (rings and high bar) captured individual titles on Saturday night as the No. 3 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team fell to No. 1 Nebraska, 411-750-404.150.
“Those two guys (Yoder and Melton) were definitely the bright spot for us tonight,” head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “They provide us with a reliable set of routines that we can always count on. As for the rest of the team, we still have some work to do.
“We’re not where we need to be at, but we will get there in due time. The only thing we can do is to keep working in the gym and focus on ourselves.”
The two titles for Melton were a nice way to get his 2018 started. The senior from Orlando, Fla., absolutely aced his still rings routine for a readout of 15.150 for gold. The 15.150 is the highest score in the nation in 2018. Yoder’s 15.500 on the pommel horse was a career high on the event and is the best score in the nation this year by .250 points. The duo of Melton and Yoder went on to earn a one-two finish on Ohio State’s fifth event of the evening with scores of 14.100 and 13.250, respectively.
The rest of the Buckeyes combined to put together seven routines that resulted in personal bests. Joey Smith (high bar) and Jacob Gricar (floor) both made their first-career appearances for the Scarlet and Gray on Saturday night. The Buckeyes team score of 68.600 is the second highest of the season in the NCAA.
Ohio State has a two week break before it takes on Michigan on Feb. 3 in Ann Arbor.