Feb. 20, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s gymnast Jake Martin was named the College Gymnastics Association NCAA Division I Gymnast of the Week, the organization announced Thursday. The national award marks the first CGA weekly honor for the sophomore, who also collected his second Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors earlier this week.
Martin won two individual event titles and earned five Top 5 finishes overall as the No. 4 Buckeyes posted a second consecutive program record team score (443.300) to defeat No. 8 California Friday night at St. John Arena. The Oviedo, Fla., native posted a career-high 15.800 to claim the individual event title on high bar and a career-high 89.000 to win the all-around title against Cal. In addition, Martin placed second on rings with a career-high 15.150, third on floor exercise with a career-high 14.900 and fourth on parallel bars with a season-high 14.650.
Martin, redshirt senior Michael Newburger and freshmen Jake Dastrup and Sean Melton compete at the 2014 Winter Cup Thursday and Saturday at The Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. The Buckeyes return to team competition Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. with the Arnold Challenge at the Columbus Convention Center.