March 9, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team posted its best team score of the season Saturday afternoon, defeating No. 15 UIC, 439.200-409.050, at St. John Arena.
“The team worked really hard the past week and a half and it paid off,” Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “We ended up hitting 90 percent of our routines which was above our goal of 85 percent. We still have room for improvement, and we’re looking forward to going to Oklahoma and having a close competition there.”
In addition to posting their best team score for the sixth consecutive meet this season, the Buckeyes also tallied team bests on rings (74.050) and parallel bars (72.250).
Six Ohio State gymnasts won individual event titles against UIC, as sophomore Danny Steiner won floor exercise with a 15.70, redshirt junior Michael Newburger won pommel horse with a 15.00, sophomore Drew Moling placed first on rings with a 15.50, redshirt sophomore Jeff Treleaven won vault with a 14.95, and freshmen Jake Martin and Alex Johnson took first on parallel bars and high bar with a 14.85 and 15.05, respectively.
The Buckeyes started the meet on floor exercise, where Steiner won his second event title of the season to lead the team to an overall score of 73.65. He was followed by junior William Jeffreys, who tallied a 15.00 to place third.
The Scarlet and Gray moved to pommel horse for the second rotation, where Newburger earned his fourth individual event title of the season. Behind Newburger, junior Brandän Jones scored a 14.70 to place third.
Four Buckeyes earned career best scores on rings during the third rotation, led by Moling who earned his second individual event title of the season with a career-high 15.50. Redshirt sophomore Nick Tagliaferro placed second with a career-high 15.10, while Jeffreys and sophomore Alex Nork notched a career-high 14.70 and 14.50, respectively.
Ohio State moved to vault for the fourth rotation. Behind Treleaven, Steiner scored a 14.90 to tie his career best score and earn second place, while sophomore Larry Mayer posted a 14.70 to round out the top three.
Martin claimed his third individual event title of the season on parallel bars, leading the team to its season best 72.25. Behind Martin, Moling tallied a career-high 14.80 to take second place, while Steiner earned a career-high 14.45 to place third.
Johnson earned his second consecutive event title on high bar for the Buckeyes during the final rotation, scoring a 15.05 to notch first place. Junior co-captain Misha Koudinov tallied a career-high 14.65 to finish in third place, while Jones notched a career-high 14.55 to finish in fourth place.
The Buckeyes have a bye week before returning to action with a 7 p.m. ET meet at No. 3 Oklahoma March 23.