Columbus, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team will return from a two-week hiatus on Saturday as it hosts No. 5 Minnesota and the Ukrainian National Team at 1:30 p.m. at the Ohio Expo Center.
The tri-meet is a small portion of the Arnold Sports Festival, which has been hosted in Columbus since 1989. Fans are able to purchase $15 tickets online or pay $20 at the door. Children who are 14 and under that are accompanied by an adult will be admitted for free.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State enters the fifth team meet of the season with an average of 414.238 points per competition, which is the fourth highest in the nation. The Buckeyes particularly excel on the pommel horse; their pommel horse average of 69.575 ranks No. 1 in the NCAA.
Individuals Top 10 Nationally
Jake Martin - No. 3 (high bar), No. 4 (all-around)
Jake Dastrup - No. 3 (parallel bars)
Sean Melton – No. 4 (floor), No. 4 (parallel bars), No. 6 (rings)
Alec Yoder - No. 4, (pommel horse)
Andrew Rickly - No. 8, (parallel bars)
Tristan Burke - No. 9, (rings)
SCOUTING THE GOPHERS
Minnesota enters this weekend with a record of 5-6 (3-4 Big Ten). The Gophers placed third last weekend at a quad meet with No. 2 Stanford, Japan and Canada.
Minnesota’s three-score team average of 412.883 ranks sixth in the nation. The Gophers specifically excel on the vault with the second-best three-score average in the nation with a readout of 72.417. Yaroslav Pochinka has the No. 1 vault average in the nation (15.000).
Ukraine will have a team of seven athletes attend the meet. Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov is originally from Ukraine and he won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta on the parallel bars representing his country.
FIVE UP, FIVE COUNT
This will be the first meet of the season that the Buckeyes compete in with a five up, score five format. Throughout the first four meets of the season, the format has been a six up, score five. From now until the end of the season, all meets Ohio State competes at will be of the five up, score five variety.
BIG TEN ACCOLADES
The Big Ten has passed out Gymnast of the Week honors seven times this season. Of those seven times, the recipient of the award has been a Buckeye five times. Sean Melton and Jake Martin have both received the award twice this year and Jake Dastrup earned the accolade for the first time in his career on Jan. 23.