April 10, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The No. 3 Ohio State men's gymnastics team earned an overall team score of 437.950 to post a second-place finish in the second session of NCAA Qualifiers Thursday night at the Crisler Center. With their second-place finish, the Buckeyes advance to the NCAA Team Finals Friday night at 7 p.m. ET for the first time since the 2010 season.
Ohio State will be joined in the team and all-around finals by Oklahoma (440.000), Stanford (433.550) and Illinois (432.850) who were the top three qualifying teams in the first qualifying session as well as Michigan (444.10) and Penn State (433.10) who finished first and third, respectively, in the second qualifying session.
"Our first goal is accomplished," Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said. "We made it to the team finals. We had some uncharacteristic mistakes and we will address those issues. We're ready for the second day of competition and we're going to give it everything we have. If we do our job and if we do what we're capable of doing, we'll finish strong."
The Buckeyes opened the meet on high bar, where sophomore Alex Johnson scored a 15.05 to lead the team and place second overall. Behind Johnson, sophomore Jake Martin scored a 14.60 to tie for eighth overall and junior Alex Nork posted a 14.35 to round out the top three scorers with a 13th-place overall finish.
Ohio State next competed on floor exercise, where junior Danny Steiner scored a season-high 15.40 for a second-place overall finish. Redshirt junior Jeff Treleaven scored a season-high 15.30 for a fourth-place finish and freshman Sean Melton tied his career-high score of 15.20 to place fifth.
The Scarlet and Gray competed on pommel horse in the third rotation. Redshirt senior Michael Newburger posted a 15.10 to finish fourth overall. Melton tallied a 14.75 to finish ninth and freshman Jake Dastrup and Martin each earned a 14.500 to tie for 12th.
The Buckeyes moved to rings for the fourth rotation. Junior Drew Moling earned a 14.80 to tie for seventh place while junior Will Jeffreys tied his career-high score of 14.70 to finish tied for ninth. Melton notched a 14.45 to round out the top three Buckeyes and earn a 15th-place overall finish.
In the fifth rotation on vault, Treleaven and Martin each scored a 15.10 to tie for fourth overall. Junior Larry Mayer scored a 14.80 for a 13th-place finish.
Ohio State ended the competition on parallel bars, where Melton earned a score of 15.90 to place first overall on the event. Behind Melton, senior Misha Koudinov scored a season-high 15.35 to place third overall and Dastrup earned a 14.90 to finish just outside of the Top 10 in 11th.
The NCAA Team and All-Around Finals take place Friday at 7 p.m. ET at the Crisler Center.