No. 5 Ohio State Falls to No. 2 Oklahoma
March 23, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 5 Ohio State men's gymnastics team fell to No. 2 Oklahoma, 441.250-426.750, Saturday night at McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla.
"We faced adversity before the start of the meet," Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said. "We had to make some last minute adjustments to the lineups. We made some mistakes, but I'm pleased with how the guys stepped up and performed. Now it's time to regroup and get ready for the postseason."
Ohio State posted a 74.35 on vault to win the event title. Redshirt sophomore Jeff Treleaven claimed his third consecutive individual event title on vault with a career-high 15.45.
Four other Buckeyes claimed top three finishes as redshirt junior Michael Newburger notched a 14.90 to place second on pommel horse, sophomore Larry Mayer scored a 15.10 to place second on vault, junior Misha Koudinov posted a season-high 15.00 to finish second on parallel bars and senior Blaize Monks notched a 14.95 to finish third on high bar.
The Buckeyes opened the meet on pommel horse, scoring a 67.800. Newburger paved the way for Ohio State with his second-place finish while junior Brandän Jones posted a 14.10 to finish in fifth place.
Ohio State moved to floor exercise for the second rotation, posting a team score of 72.400. Sophomore Danny Steiner scored a 15.00 to lead the Scarlet and Gray and finish fifth overall.
Treleaven and Mayer led the Buckeyes in the third rotation on vault, followed by Steiner who notched a 14.70 to finish seventh.
The Buckeyes competed on rings in the fourth rotation, and were led by sophomore Drew Moling who tallied a 15.00 to finish in fourth place.
Ohio State moved to parallel bars and high bar for the final two rotations. Koudinov paced the Buckeyes on parallel bars with his second place overall finish while Monks led the Buckeyes on high bar with his third place finish.
The Buckeyes have a bye week before opening the postseason at the Big Ten Championships April 5-6 in the Sports Pavilion at the University of Minnesota. The team and all-around competition will be held on Friday while the individual championships will take place on Saturday. Competition is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET both days.