April 6, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The No. 5 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team totaled a 426.600 to finish in fourth place at the 2013 Big Ten Championships Friday night in the Sports Pavilion at the University of Minnesota. Michigan won the team title (438.900) followed by Penn State in second place (434.050) and Minnesota in third place (430.350). Illinois finished fifth (424.450), Iowa placed sixth (422.500) and Nebraska placed seventh (416.250).
Five Buckeyes qualified to compete in the individual event finals at 8 p.m. ET Saturday. Sophomore Danny Steiner qualified for floor exercise (tied for eighth place), senior John Laing qualified for pommel horse (third place) and sophomore Larry Mayer qualified for vault (third place). Junior Misha Koudinov and sophomore Drew Moling qualified for parallel bars, finishing in second and ninth place, respectively.
“We started really strong on floor exercise but then we struggled a little bit on pommel horse,” Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “We had a few mistakes on rings and vault following that, and we cannot allow ourselves to have those kinds of mistakes. The team finished really strong on parallel bars and high bar and in general, I think they did a great job. We have time to clean up our routines and make a few adjustments before we compete at the NCAA Championships.”
The Buckeyes opened the meet on floor exercise, where Steiner led the way with a team best 15.05 to tie for eighth overall. Behind Steiner, sophomore Andrew Teal scored a career-high 14.95 while sophomore Will Jeffreys scored a 14.90 to round out the Top 3 Ohio State scorers.
Ohio State had a bye before moving to pommel horse for the third rotation. Laing paved the way for the Buckeyes, scoring a 14.65 to place third overall. Nork placed second for Ohio State with a 14.00 and Koudinov rounded out the Top 3 scorers with a 13.75.
Mayer led the Buckeyes in the fifth rotation on vault where he tallied a career-high 15.40 to finish in third place overall. Behind Mayer, Steiner scored a 14.75 while Teal notched a 14.60 to finish third on the team.
Ohio State competed on parallel bars and high bar for the sixth and seventh rotations. Koudinov scored a career-high 15.45 on parallel bars to place second overall, while Moling tallied a 14.65 to finish in ninth place. Nork earned a 14.55 to finish just outside of the top ten in a tie for 11th place.
On high bar, the Buckeyes were led by Nork who tallied a team best 14.15 to finish in a tie for 10th place. Johnson scored a 14.05 to finish second on the team while Koudinov notched a 13.95 to round out the Top 3 Ohio State scorers.
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