No. 5 Ohio State Places Second at Metroplex Challenge
Danny Steiner

Jan. 26, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 5 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team placed second at the inaugural Metroplex Challenge Friday night at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The Buckeyes tallied a team score of 429.400 to finish in second place behind No. 4 Oklahoma but ahead of No. 6 Illinois and No. 8 Iowa who finished third and fourth, respectively.

“We only hit 64 percent of our routines,” Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “We are still not where we want to be, but that’s okay. We’ll go back to the gym and work hard to prepare for our next meet at Penn State.”

Ohio State won event titles on floor exercise (74.800) and vault (73.200), while Oklahoma won event titles on pommel horse (72.850), parallel bars (72.850) and high bar (73.000) and defending national champion Illinois claimed first place on rings (72.250).

In addition to their two first place finishes, the Buckeyes placed second overall on pommel horse and parallel bars, having scored 71.800 and 70.300, respectively.

The Buckeyes also won two individual event titles, as sophomore Danny Steiner claimed the floor exercise title with a career-high 15.750 and senior John Laing claimed the pommel horse title with a 15.20.

Behind Laing, redshirt junior Michael Newburger placed second on pommel horse with a 15.00. Sophomore Drew Moling placed second on vault with a 14.85 and true freshman Jake Martin finished third on high bar having scored a 14.75.

Oklahoma earned the top individual scores on vault and parallel bars, as Presten Ellsworth tallied a 15.100 and Danny Berardini posted a 15.250, respectively. Iowa’s Anton Gryshayev scored a 15.800 to win the individual event title on rings and Illinois’ Jordan Valdez earned a 15.050 to win on high bar.

Full results will be posted as soon as they are available.

The Buckeyes next compete in their first co-ed dual meet of the season at No. 1 Penn State at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 in State College, Pa.