Buckeyes Defeat No. 5 Minnesota and Ukraine National Team
March 4, 2017


Columbus, Ohio -
The fourth-ranked Buckeyes scored 415.250 points and won five event titles on Saturday afternoon at the Arnold Challenge to secure victories over No. 5 Minnesota (413.300) and the Ukraine National Team (398.400) inside the Celeste Center.

"You know, I'm proud of the guys that kept battling even though it didn't go as smooth as we planned," head coach Rustam Sharipov said. "It was our first five up, count five meet and I think we made a few uncharacteristic mistakes, but in the end, we came away with a win.

"We did not meet our hit percentage and we only had five sticks. That will have to improve, and I believe it will. A lot of the mistakes we did make this afternoon are easily fixable, so even though we were not at our best, we know what we need to change."

Ohio State got things started on the floor with four season bests and an event title from Sean Melton. Jake Dastrup (14.150), Joey Bonanno (14.050), Alec Yoder (13.950) and Tristan Burke (13.500) all registered the best performance of their 2017 season. Melton, who was the last Buckeye to go, scored a firm 14.800 to take the event title over Alex Wittenberg of Minnesota. Ohio State's 70.450 was the best of the three teams in competition.



The Scarlet and Gray then progressed onto the pommel horse where they were led by Alec Yoder. The sophomore scored a readout of 14.600 on the pommel to take second place in the event behind Ukraine's Andrii Sienichkin (15.250).

With the help of career-best routines from Ryan Lemezis (14.550) and Chris Coombs (14.400) on the rings, Ohio State scored its highest point total of the season with a tally of 69.450. Lemezis' score of 14.550 was the second event title of the afternoon for Ohio State.

The Buckeyes captured event titles in the final three events of the afternoon. Seth Delbridge (vault -season best - 14.800), Jake Dastrup (parallel bars - season best - 14.800) and Jake Martin (high bar -14.800) all registered the same readouts for gold; it was Dastrup's and Martin's third event titles of the season o n their respective events. Delbridge's vault was his first win of the season and it was the highest score by a Buckeye this season by .300 points.

The Buckeyes will head to Norman, Okla., next Saturday (March 11) to take on the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners for an 8 p.m. ET start.