April 13, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The No. 3 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team earned six All-American honors Saturday night during the NCAA Individual Event Finals at the Crisler Center, closing out the 2014 NCAA Championships with eight All-American honors to mark the first time since the 2005 season that the Buckeyes brought home eight accolades.
In addition, Sean Melton became the first freshman in program history to earn four All-American awards at one championship and the first Buckeye to claim four since Brandon Wynn did so (rings, parallel bars, high bar and all-around) in 2011.
“I’m happy that seven members of the team had an opportunity to represent the team tonight,” Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “It was a rough beginning for us, but the guys picked up their performances and finished strong. I’m glad that we were able to close as All-Americans and come close to a national championship on high bar. We’ll build from this experience and be better next year.”
Melton competed on three events for the Buckeyes Saturday night, starting things off for the team on vault where he scored a 14.925 for a sixth-place finish and his second All-American honor of the three-day meet. The Orlando, Fla., native next moved to high bar, where he earned a 15.225 for a third-place finish and second accolade. Melton finished the meet on parallel bars, where he earned a 15.050 for his second sixth-place finish and fourth and final All-American honor.
Melton earned his first All-America honor after finishing third in the all-around with a score of 88.40 during the NCAA Team Finals Friday night.
Sophomore Jake Martin closed the three-day competition with two All-American accolades. The Oviedo, Fla., native scored an 86.80 to earn a fifth-place finish in the all-around during the NCAA Team Finals Friday night for his first honor before earning a second-place finish on high bar Saturday night after scoring a 15.475 on the event.
Redshirt junior Jeff Treleaven earned his third career All-America accolade on vault after scoring a 14.975 to finish fourth. The Glen Ellyn, Ill., native earned his first career laurel on the event in 2011 after finishing third overall, and his second career laurel on the event after tying for fifth-place in 2013.
Sophomore Alex Johnson rounded out the Buckeye All-Americans with his performance on high bar. The Marysville, Ohio, native notched a 14.950 for a sixth-place finish on the event, earning his first career accolade.
Junior co-captain Drew Moling, redshirt senior co-captain Michael Newburger and freshman Andrew Rickly also represented Ohio State at the individual event finals. Moling scored a 14.725 to finish 10th on rings while Newburger, the 2013 national champion on pommel horse, scored a 13.425 on that event to finish ninth. Rickly scored a 14.475 on high bar to finish 10th.
Michael Newburger – 13.425 (9th)
Drew Moling – 14.725 (10th)
Jeff Treleaven – 14.975 (4th)
Sean Melton – 14.925 (6th)
Sean Melton – 15.050 (6th)
Jake Martin – 15.475 (2nd)
Sean Melton – 15.225 (3rd)
Alex Johnson – 14.950 (6th)
Andrew Rickly – 14.475 (10th)
Sean Melton – 88.40 (3rd)
Jake Martin – 86.80 (5th)