No. 2 Ohio State Falls to No. 3 Oklahoma, 353.150-347.750
Drew Moling

Jan. 21, 2012

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio - In its regular season home opener, the No. 2 Ohio State men's gymnastics team fell to No. 3 Oklahoma 353.150-347.750 Saturday afternoon at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes posted season highs on floor exercise (60.300), rings (57.750), parallel bars (56.400) and high bar (58.000) in the meet vs. the Sooners.

    "We didn't compete with our full squad today, but I thought we improved compared to last week," head coach Rustam Sharipov said. "We had a great crowd today and we really appreciate the support from our fans. Our goal is to continue to improve in the gym this next week."

    The Scarlet and Gray began the meet on floor exercise, posting a season-high 60.300 team score. Misha Koudinov led the Buckeyes after collecting a career-high 15.6, while junior co-captain Blaize Monks and freshman Danny Steiner notched 15.2 and 15.0, respectively.

    Oklahoma scored a 61.600 team score guided by Jacob Dalton, who was rewarded with a meet-high 16.25 on floor exercise. Dalton won the all-around competition with an 89.000.

    On pommel horse, senior co-captain and two-time All-American Ty Echard posted a team-high 15.05 for first overall in the competition. As a team, the Scarlet and Gray notched a 56.850, while the Sooners scored a 57.250.

    Next on rings, freshman Drew Moling highlighted the event for the Buckeyes with a 15.1. Senior Philip Onorato followed Moling with a 14.7 to help Ohio State post a season-high 57.750 team mark.

    Freshman Larry Mayer soared his way to a 15.0 to tie for first place overall in the competition with Oklahoma's Dalton. Overall, the Scarlet and Gray combined for 58.450, while the Sooners notched a 59.150.

    Following the fourth rotation, the Buckeyes trailed Oklahoma 237.300-233.350 heading into parallel bars.

    On the fifth event of the afternoon, Ohio State was guided by two underclassmen on parallel bars. Freshman Alex Nork notched a team-high 14.75, while Koudinov collected a 14.8 to give the Buckeyes a 56.400 team score.

    The Scarlet and Gray concluded their first home meet with one of their strongest events of the competition on high bar. Monks led the squad with an impressive 15.05, while Moling received a big round of applause with his score of 14.8. Overall, the team notched a season-high 58.000.

    The Buckeyes will now have a week off to prepare for the 2012 Winter Cup Feb. 2-4 in Las Vegas, Nev.