Feb. 27, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team competes in its second home meet of the season Saturday afternoon, hosting No. 2 Michigan, No. 8 Iowa, No. 11 Nebraska, Arizona State and the Canadian National Team in the Arnold Challenge at 2 p.m. at the Columbus Convention Center.
Admission to the meet costs $15, 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
The No. 4 Buckeyes posted a program best 443.300 Friday, Feb. 14, defeating No. 8 California, 443.300 – 426.500, in their first home meet of the season at St. John Arena.
Three Buckeyes claimed individual event titles against the Golden Bears. Sophomore Jake Martin claimed the high bar and all-around titles, scoring a career-high 15.800 and career-high 89.000, respectively. Freshman Sean Melton earned first-place finishes on floor exercise with a career-high 15.200, vault with a career-high 15.200 and parallel bars, tying his career-high with a 15.400. Junior co-captain Drew Moling claimed the title on rings, scoring 15.700.
In addition, Ohio State also tallied team event bests on floor exercise and parallel bars, with overall scores of 73.800 and 74.350, respectively.
SCOUTING B1G COMPETITION
No. 2 Michigan
The Wolverines enter competition Saturday ranked second in the country with a three score average of 441.900. Michigan ranks No. 2 on floor exercise (75.633), pommel horse (73.600), rings (74.883) and parallel bars (74.200), while ranking No. 4 on vault (73.917) and No. 6 on high bar (71.883).
No. 8 Iowa
Iowa travels to Columbus as the eighth-ranked team in the country with a three score average of 431.683. The Hawkeyes rank No. 4 on high bar (72.583), No. 5 on floor exercise (73.417), No. 8 on vault (73.033) and parallel bars (71.933), No. 9 on rings (73.133) and No. 13 on pommel horse (69.750).
No. 13 Nebraska
The Cornhuskers are the 11th-ranked team in the country with a three score average of 421.683. Nebraska ranks No. 10 on rings (72.767) and parallel bars (70.933), No. 12 on floor exercise (71.217), pommel horse (70.233) and high bar (69.950) and No. 13 on vault (71.217).
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
The Buckeyes move up to No. 3 in the GymInfo poll with a three score average of 440.050. Ohio State ranks within the Top 10 of all six events, ranking No. 1 on high bar (73.950), No. 3 on pommel horse (73.167), No. 4 on parallel bars (73.300), No. 5 on vault (73.917), No. 6 on rings (73.800) and No. 10 on floor exercise (72.283).
FIVE UP, FIVE COUNT
Through the last day of February, six gymnasts were allowed to perform on each event with the top five scores counting toward the team score. As of Saturday, March 1, only five gymnasts are allowed to perform on each event with all five scores counting toward the overall team score.
2014 WINTER CUP
Four members of the No. 3 Ohio State men’s gymnastics competed at the 2014 Winter Cup Challenge Feb. 20-22 in Las Vegas, Nev., as redshirt senior Michael Newburger, Martin and freshmen Jake Dastrup and Melton were in attendance.
Melton finished the meet third overall in the all-around, notching three Top 5 finishes en route to a two-day score of 173.000. He placed third overall on high bar (29.650), fourth overall on vault (30.050) and fifth overall on floor exercise (30.000), also finishing the meet 10th on pommel horse (26.800), 14th on parallel bars (28.100) and 15th on rings (28.400).
Martin finished the meet eighth overall in the all-around after tallying three Top 10 finishes. Martin earned a fifth-place finish on high bar with a 29.300, an eighth-place finish on parallel bars with a 28.650 and a ninth-place finish on floor exercise with a 29.750 en route to earning an overall two-day score of 170.700.
Newburger placed seventh overall on pommel horse with a two-day score of 27.200, while Dastrup narrowly missed an opportunity to advance to the second day of competition, finishing 49th overall after competing on parallel bars, floor exercise, pommel horse and vault.
Melton was named to the U.S. Senior Men’s National Team at the conclusion of the 2014 Winter Cup. The freshman makes his second appearance on the team, as he was also a member of the U.S. Senior National Team in 2013. Melton joins former Buckeye Brandon Wynn in representing the Ohio State program.
In addition, Dastrup and classmate Andrew Rickly represent Ohio State as current members of the U.S. Junior Men’s National Team.
BIG TEN HONORS
The Buckeyes have collected two Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors and two Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors since Feb. 17, and have earned six Big Ten Gymnast and Freshman of the Week awards throughout the 2014 season.
Martin was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week and Melton was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week Feb. 17 for their performances against No. 8 California at St. John Arena Feb. 14. Martin won two individual event titles (high bar and all-around), set four career-high scores and earned five Top 5 finishes overall in the Buckeyes’ defeat of the Golden Bears, while Melton won three individual event titles (floor exercise, vault and parallel bars), set four career-high scores and also claimed five Top 5 finishes.
Melton swept the Big Ten weekly honors Feb. 24, earning both Big Ten Gymnast and Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for his performance at the 2014 Winter Cup.
CGA GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
Ohio State has notched three CGA Division I Gymnast of the Week awards throughout 2014.
Martin was named the CGA Division I Gymnast of the Week Feb. 20 for his performance against No. 8 California, while Melton earned CGA Division I Gymnast of the Week honors Feb. 27 for his efforts at the 2014 Winter Cup.
POMMEL HORSE SPECIALIST
Newburger has collected two event titles on pommel horse this season, bringing his career total to seven. 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 is the only gymnast in the past three years to score a 16.000 or above on pommel horse in NCAA competition, and currently ranks No. 1 on the event for the sixth consecutive week with a three score average of 15.667.
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 continue competition on the west coast, traveling to Palo Alto, Calif., to face No. 4 Stanford Saturday, March 8. The meet is scheduled to take place at Burnham Pavilion at 7 p.m. ET.