Norman, Okla. – The fourth-ranked Buckeyes dropped a dual meet on Saturday evening inside the McCasland Field House to No. 1 Oklahoma, 434.550-417.600. Ohio State had several bright spots including event titles from Sean Melton (rings), Alec Yoder (pommel horse) and Jake Martin (all-around).
“We started the night off very strong on the pommel horse,” speaking about Ohio State’s opening score of 72.100 head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “After that, we lost some momentum on our second event with our landings. At the end of the meet, I was pleased with the positive attitude the team showed while experiencing some adversity.
“Our plan is to get back in the gym and get in better shape for our final push as the regular season winds down."
Yoder posted the best pommel horse routine of his Buckeye career in the first event of the meet to win the event title. He scored an incredible 15.400 on his way to setting the bar for the highest score this season in the NCAA and the No. 2 routine by a Buckeye since 2008. The title is his third of the season on the pommel.
Ohio State had its best performance of the season on the rings with a team score of 71.300. The Scarlet and Gray were led by Sean Melton, who won the event title with a season-best readout of 14.950, which ranks seventh in the nation. Tristan Burke (14.650/season best), Ryan Lemezis (14.100), Martin (13.800) and Chris Coombs (13.750) pitched in to the team total as well.
Martin had his best all-around performance of the season with a tally of 85.300. The redshirt senior had a season best on the pommel horse (14.800) and paced the Buckeyes on the high bar (14.500) and parallel bars (14.300). His total of 85.300 is the sixth highest in the NCAA this year.
The Buckeyes, as a team, scored 66.500 on the floor, 72.100 on the pommel, 71.000 on the vault, 68.000 on the high bar and 68.350 on the parallel bars.
Joey Bonanno had the best floor routine of his young career with a 14.250 to place fifth in the event, and Tristan Burke had the best vault of his season with a readout of 14.450 to place fifth as the top Buckeye finisher.
The Buckeyes will make the trip to Champaign, Ill., on March 24 for a dual meet against the Fighting Illini at 8 p.m. ET.