No. 4 Ohio State Hosts No. 8 California at St. John Arena Friday
Feb. 12, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team competes in its first home event of the season Friday evening, hosting No. 8 California in a dual meet at St. John Arena at 7 p.m.
Admission to the meet is free, and live results can be found on the men’s gymnastics schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Fans can also follow the team on Twitter (@OhioState_MGYM) for live updates.
LAST TIME OUT
No. 4 Ohio State posted a program best 440.800 against defending national champion No. 2 Michigan. The Buckeyes fell to the Wolverines, 444.550 - 440.800 at Cliff Keen Arena.
The Buckeyes claimed four individual event titles against the Wolverines, as sophomore Jake Martin claimed first place on pommel horse with a career-high 15.60 and tied for first place on vault with a career-high 15.30, junior Drew Moling claimed first place on rings with a career-high 15.75 and sophomore Alex Johnson claimed first place on high bar with a career-high 15.40.
In addition, Ohio State earned team best scores on floor exercise (72.55), rings (74.65), parallel bars (73.65) and high bar (75.10). The team score on high bar is the highest score in the nation this year.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN BEARS
California enters competition Friday ranked eighth in the country with a three score average of 427.700. The Golden Bears have competed in four meets this season, finishing second to Stanford Jan. 11 and Jan. 18 with team scores of 425.650 and 426.350, respectively, while also placing second to No. 2 Michigan at the Stanford Open Jan. 25 with a score of 430.300 and defeating Arizona State Feb. 8 with a score of 426.450.
As a team, California ranks fifth on floor exercise (72.883), sixth on vault (73.483) and high bar (71.150), eighth on pommel horse (70.517), 10th on rings (72.400) and 11th on parallel bars (70.367).
Individually, California is led by redshirt senior Donothan Bailey and sophomore Kevin Wolting. Bailey currently ranks No. 2 in the all-around (88.627) and on high bar (15.100), also ranking within the Top 5 on pommel horse at No. 4 (15.083). Wolting ranks No. 4 in the all-around (85.383) and also ranks within the Top 15 on floor exercise (14.950), vault (14.817) and high bar (14.550).
LAST TIME AGAINST CAL
The Buckeyes last faced Cal in the second qualifying session at the 2013 NCAA Championships. The Golden Bears placed fourth (426.550) at the competition, one place ahead of the Buckeyes who finished fifth (421.950).
The teams last met in a dual meet March 6, 2010 at St. John Arena. Then, the No. 5 Ohio State men's gymnastics team downed No. 8 California, 351.800-346.00, as six different Buckeyes recorded first-place finishes on five of six events (floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, vault and high bar).
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
As a team, the Buckeyes rank second on high bar (72.517), third on pommel horse (72.700), fourth on parallel bars (72.283), seventh on vault (72.150), ninth on rings (72.550) and 11th on floor exercise (70.900).
Six Buckeyes are in the individual rankings. Redshirt senior Michael Newburger ranks No. 1 (15.400) and freshman Jake Dastrup ranks No. 18 (14.567) on pommel horse. Moling holds a No. 7 ranking on rings (15.333) while senior Misha Koudinov ranks No. 16 on parallel bars (14.767). Johnson and Done round out the individual rankings, at No. 13 (14.517) and No. 15 (14.500) on high bar, respectively.
NEW PROGRAM RECORDS
Ohio State earned program records on four events at Michigan, scoring team records on floor exercise (72.55), rings (74.65), parallel bars (73.65) and high bar (75.10). The team score on high bar is the highest score in the nation this year on that event. Along with high bar, the Buckeyes also own the top team score this year on vault (75.10).
BIG TEN GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
Martin was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week (Feb. 3) for his performances against No. 2 Michigan. The sophomore won two individual event titles and claimed a second-place overall finish on high bar to lead the No. 4 Buckeyes to their program best team score. Martin posted a career-high 15.600 to earn a first-place finish on pommel horse, a career-high 15.300 to tie for first place on vault and a season-high 15.100 to place second overall on high bar. He also notched a season-high 14.600 on rings to finish in the Top 10 on that event.
POMMEL HORSE SPECIALIST
With his individual event title on pommel horse against No. 8 Illinois, Newburger has collected two consecutive event titles this season. The Austin, Texas, native earned his first title at the Windy City Invitational with an NCAA record 16.250 score before claiming his second title against the Illini with a 16.200 score. The defending national champion on pommel horse, Newburger currently ranks No. 1 on the event with a three score average of 15.400.
NCAA RECORD HOLDERS
Two Buckeyes set or tied NCAA records at the 2014 Windy City Invitational. Newburger scored a career-high and Ohio State record 16.250 on pommel horse to earn the all-time best record on the event while junior Larry Mayer tied the all-time best record on vault with his career-high and Ohio State record score of 15.800.
The previous NCAA record on pommel horse (16.00) was set by Daniel Ribeiro (Illinois) in 2009, while Mayer is now tied for the NCAA record on vault with Jake Dalton (Oklahoma), who originally set the current record in 2011.
The Buckeyes have a break from team competition as select members of the team will compete at the Winter Cup Feb. 20-22 in Las Vegas, Nev. The team returns to action Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. with the Arnold Challenge at the Columbus Convention Center.