Las Vegas – Sean Melton closed out the Winter Cup Challenge on Saturday evening at the Westgate Casino & Resort with solid performances on the rings, floor, parallel bars and high bar. Of the 42 athletes who advanced to the finals, Melton placed no less than sixth place in each of his events.
Melton’s best finish of the meet was on the parallel bars. The redshirt junior matched his preliminary score of 14.000 on Thursday night with the exact same readout Saturday evening for a two-day total of 28.000 to place third.
On the rings, his two-day tally of 29.250 settled him in fourth-place position. He closed out the meet with a with a fifth-place finish on the high bar (26.950) and a sixth-place showing on the floor (28.150).
Alec Yoder registered a commendable sixth-place finish on the pommel horse with a combined score of 28.700 (14.900 and 13.800). Yoder also place 16th on the parallel bars with a score of 26.300.
Former Buckeye Drew Moling closed out his career with a sixth-place showing on the rings. Moling was one of only eight athletes to eclipse the 28-point barrier and finished with a tally of 28.400.
Yul Moldauer (Oklahoma), Akash Modi (Stanford), Allan Bower (Oklahoma) and Donnell Whittenburg (U.S.O.T.C. Gymnastics) finished first through fourth in the all-around and automatically qualified for the 2017 national team. The Men’s Program Committee will select up to 11 additional gymnasts from the Winter Cup Challenge to complete the U.S. Senior National Team, which will be announced at a later date.
Ohio State will take next weekend off before hosting the Arnold Challenge on March 4 (2 p.m.) at the Ohio Expo Center.