March 9, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio -The No. 5 Ohio State men's gymnastics team fell against No. 4 Stanford, 355.800-347.400, Friday night in its final home meet of the 2012 campaign.
"I told the guys before the meet tonight that I believe we are the top team in the country on pommel horse and they did a nice job tonight," head coach Rustam Sharipov said. "We hit 78 percent of our routines, but we still need to improve to be able to compete with the top teams in the nation."
Senior captain Ty Echard, a two-time All-American, highlighted Senior Night, notching a program-record 15.9 on pommel horse en route to the team's record-setting 61.050 team total on the event vs. the defending NCAA champions. The event title was his 11th pommel horse crown of his Buckeye career.
Echard and fellow classmates Mike Carney, Elliott Hardy, Mike Behles and Philip Onorato were recognized before the competition as part of Senior Night. T
he Buckeyes began the evening on floor exercise, posting a 59.000 team total on the event. Ohio State was led by freshman Danny Steiner, who notched a 15.25 for third overall - just .05 off his season high set at home vs. Oklahoma Jan. 21. Sophomore Misha Koudinov collected a 15.05 for fifth place, while junior co-captain Blaize Monks scored a 14.85.
After one rotation, the Scarlet and Gray led, 59.000-57.350, vs. the Cardinal.
The Scarlet and Gray then had a night to remember on pommel horse, posting a school record 61.050 with Echard leading the charge with a program-record and meet-best 15.90 - breaking his record by .200 set at Michigan during the 2010 campaign.
The Buckeyes swept the Top 3 scores on pommel horse. After Echard was junior John Laing, who impressed the judges with a career-high 15.4, while redshirt sophomore Michael Newburger collected a 15.2 for second and third place, respectively. Sophomore Brandän Jones rounded out the record-setting performance with a career-high 14.55 on the event.
After two rotations, Ohio State led Stanford, 120.850-118.500.
On rings, the Scarlet and Gray posted a 58.100 team total led by senior Philip Onorato, who scored a season-high 15.25 for second place in the competition. Freshman Drew Moling followed with a 14.95 for third overall, while classmate Alex Nork claimed a 14.0.
Stanford took the lead after the third rotation, 179.400-178.150, vs. the Buckeyes. Ohio State combined for a 56.950 team total on vault during the fourth rotation. Steiner scored the Buckeye's highest score with a 14.55 for fifth place followed by Monks with a 14.35 and Onorato with a 14.30, respectively. Ohio State trailed, 238.500-235.100, heading into the fifth rotation.
On parallel bars, the Scarlet and Gray were guided by Koudinov, who notched a team-best 14.75 to tie for second overall. Monks followed with a 14.05, while senior Mike Carney scored a 13.70 in his final meet in St. John Arena. Ohio State claimed a 56.350 team total.
The Scarlet and Gray rounded out their final home meet of 2012 on horizontal bar with a 55.950 team-total. Moling led the way for Ohio State with a 14.4, including a stick landing, while Nork followed with a 13.85 and Jones with a 13.75, respectively.
Koudinov, a native of Auckland, New Zealand, competed in his first all-around competition as a Buckeye, collecting an 84.250.
The Buckeyes close out the regular season in a tri-meet vs. Minnesota and Oklahoma March 24 in Saint Paul, Minn.