Dec. 13, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team opened its 2015 season with the annual Scarlet & Gray Intrasquad Saturday afternoon at Steelwood Athletic Training Facility. The Gray team defeated the Scarlet team, 271.200-263.600, earning its third win in the exhibition contest in the last four seasons. The Top-3 scores per team on each apparatus counted toward the final results.
“I’m very pleased with the performance of both teams today,” Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said after the meet. “We had good hit percentage, our highest at this meet in the last three years. We have more work to do and some things to clean up, but I’m proud of where we stand.”
Four of six events – high bar, floor exercise, vault and pommel horse – were won by junior Jake Martin of Team Gray. Martin, a native of Oviedo, Fla., turned in a high score of 15.80 on high bar.
Senior Drew Moling, captain of Team Scarlet, posted the top score of the meet – a 15.90 – to take first place on rings. Sophomore Sean Melton, representing Scarlet, was victorious on parallel bars with a score of 15.70. He also tied Martin for first on floor with a 15.60.
Scarlet and Gray opened the first two rotations of the meet on floor exercise and pommel horse. Martin and Melton shared first place on floor, while redshirt sophomore Emeric Quade placed third with a score of 15.20. Martin took first on pommel horse with a 15.70, finishing ahead of Melton (14.80), freshman Brandon Jacoby (14.40) and sophomore Andrew Rickly (14.40).
The teams moved to vault and rings for the third and fourth rotations. Martin’s score of 15.40 earned him the win on vault as he edged senior Larry Mayer (15.20) and Moling 15.10). Moling completed his strong rotation with his victory on rings. Melton was the runner-up on rings with a score of 15.70, followed by Martin and freshman Samuel DeWitt with scores of 15.00.
Competition concluded with rotations five and six on parallel bars and high bar. Melton placed first on parallel bars, with Martin taking second (15.30). Rickly and freshman Meyer Williams tied for third with scores of 15.00. Martin closed the meet with his high score of the day and first-place finish on high bar (15.80). Rickly posted a 15.70 to place second, while redshirt junior Donald Yeager used a score of 14.90 to claim third.
The Buckeyes have three weeks off from competition before returning to the gym for the Alumni Exhibition at Steelwood on Saturday, Jan. 10. The regular season begins Jan. 17 at the Windy City Invitational in Chicago.
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