Feb. 25, 2012
Watch: Meet Highlights vs. Penn State
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 7 Ohio State men's gymnastics team fell to No. 2 Penn State, 355.500-347.200, despite posting three event season highs in a dual competition Saturday evening at St. John Arena.
"The guys hit 77 percent and I was happy with their performance," head coach Rustam Sharipov said. "We won three individual events on floor, pommel horse and high bar. I think this is a good rebound from last weekend at Michigan. After our competition tonight, I believe we can close out a meet with a better performance on high bar."
Ohio State started on floor where they posted a 58.100. Freshman Danny Steiner led the way tying his season high of 15.30 to place first in the competition. Sophomore Misha Koudinov tallied a 14.80 to place third overall. Junior co-captain Blaize Monks scored a 14.150. Freshman Andrew Teal earned a season high of 13.650. After the first rotation, Ohio State trailed 58.10-59.50.
In the second rotation, the Buckeyes moved to pommel horse where they posted a team event season high of 58.80. Four of the six competitors earned a new career high on the event. Redshirt sophomore Michael Newburger had the high score of the meet with a career-high 15.350. Senior co-captain captain Ty Echard placed fifth overall with a 14.70. Freshman Alex Nork (14.50), sophomore Brandän Jones (14.250) and redshirt sophomore Neil Zyburt (13.60) all notched career highs. The Buckeyes closed the gap after two rotations only trailing 118.00-116.900.
Ohio State moved onto rings for the third rotation where they scored a 58.00 - another season high for the team. Senior Philip Onorato led the way with a 14.750, which was good enough for fourth place overall. Not far behind was freshman Drew Moling with a 14.700. Rounding out the top three for the Buckeyes was Koudinov with a career-high 14.450. Also tallying a season high on the event was Nork with a 13.900.
The Scarlet and Gray traveled to vault in the fourth rotation where freshman Larry Mayer led the team and placed fifth overall with a 14.900. Steiner earned a 14.600 for second on the team. Teal and Jones both earned career highs on the event scoring 14.550 and 14.350 respectively. After the fourth rotation Ohio State trailed Penn State 239.050-233.300.
Moving onto parallel bars, the Buckeyes tallied their third event season high of the night with a 57.350. Leading the way was Koudinov who scored a career-high 15.000 to earn second place in the meet. Steiner notched a season high of 14.250 to tie for fourth overall. Nork tallied a 14.150 to round out the Top 3 for Ohio State.
In the final rotation, the Scarlet and Gray earned a 56.450. Monks won the event with a career high of 15.600. Echard, Nork and Moling all earned a 13.650 to tie for seventh overall.
The Buckeyes are back in Big Ten action next weekend at 7 p.m. March 2 at Illinois in Champaign, Ill.
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