No. 4 Buckeyes Head West to Face No. 2 Stanford, No. 10 Cal and ASU
March 6, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 4 Ohio State men's gymnastics team heads to the west coast to compete against No. 2 Stanford, No. 10 California and Arizona State Saturday evening at Burnham Pavilion in Palo Alto, Calif. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET.
LAST TIME OUT
The No. 3 Ohio State men's gymnastics team placed third at the Arnold Challenge, posting an overall team score of 429.500 to round out the top three teams at the inaugural invitational held at the Columbus Convention Center.
Six different Buckeyes posted Top 5 finishes at the competition. Sophomore Alex Johnson represented Ohio State on floor exercise, finishing third overall after posting a career-high 15.20, while freshman Sean Melton and sophomore Jake Martin finished second and fifth on pommel horse with a career-high score of 15.05 and 14.80, respectively. On vault, junior Larry Mayer posted a 15.00 to finish second, while redshirt junior Jeff Treleaven scored a season-high 14.90 to finish third. Johnson also paced the Buckeyes on high bar, scoring a career-high 15.45 to place second overall while junior Alex Nork finished fourth with a 15.35.
The Cardinal enters competition Saturday ranked No. 2 in the nation with a three score average of 442.017.
As a team, Stanford ranks No. 1 on vault (74.300), No. 2 on rings (75.083), No. 3 on parallel bars (73.800) and high bar (73.267) and No. 4 on floor exercise (74.200) and pommel horse (72.983).
Individually, Stanford holds a No. 1 ranking in the all-around and on parallel bars as freshman Akash Modi currently holds three score averages of 89.933 and 15.633 on those events, respectively. Modi also holds a fourth-place ranking on floor exercise with an average score of 15.383 and a sixth-place ranking on pommel horse with an average score of 15.117.
In addition, sophomore Dennis Zaremski ranks No. 3 on parallel bars (15.333) and No. 4 on rings (15.850) while senior Chris Turner ranks No. 5 on pommel horse (15.183) and freshman Taylor Seaton ranks No. 5 on vault (15.167).
The Golden Bears compete Saturday ranked No. 10 in the nation with a three score average of 428.667.
As a team, Cal ranks No. 3 on vault (73.950), No. 5 on high bar (72.483), No. 9 on floor exercise (72.883), No. 10 on parallel bars (71.617), and No. 11 on pommel horse (70.517) and rings (72.550).
Redshirt senior Donothan Bailey leads the Golden Bears in the individual rankings as he currently holds a No. 2 ranking in the all-around with an average score of 88.550, a No. 3 ranking on high bar with an average score of 15.267 and a No. 4 ranking on pommel horse with an average score of 15.200.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
The Buckeyes rank No. 4 in the most recent GymInfo poll with a three score average of 440.050. Ohio State ranks No. 1 on high bar (73.950), No. 3 on pommel horse (73.417), No. 4 on parallel bars (73.300), No. 5 on vault (73.917), No. 7 on rings (73.800) and No. 11 on floor exercise (72.283).
Individually, eight Buckeyes are ranked within the Top 20 on all six events.
Redshirt senior Michael Newburger continues to pace the team on pommel horse, holding the No. 1 spot on the event (15.667). Behind Newburger, Melton holds the No. 14 ranking (14.917) and Martin ranks No. 16 (14.833).
On rings, junior Drew Moling comes in at No. 6 (15.650), while Martin paves the way for the Buckeyes on vault, as he is currently No. 7 on the event (15.150). Following Martin, Melton ranks No. 11 (15.083) and Mayer ranks No. 14 (15.017).
On parallel bars, Melton ranks No. 10 (15.050) while senior Misha Koudinov ranks No. 16 (14.983).
Five Buckeyes hold rankings on high bar. Johnson paves the way at No. 2 (15.333), while Martin ranks No. 4 (15.233), Nork ranks No. 9 (15.133), Koudinov ranks No. 12 (14.967) and Melton ranks No. 14 (14.850).
Lastly, Melton and Martin are both ranked in the all-around, claiming the No. 6 and No. 7 spots with averages of 87.813 and 86.567, respectively.
The Buckeyes have collected four Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors and two Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors this year, earning six out of a possible 16 Big Ten Gymnast and Freshman of the Week awards throughout the 2014 season.
Big Ten Gymnast of the Week (Jan. 20) - Michael Newburger
Big Ten Gymnast of the Week (Feb. 3) - Jake Martin
Big Ten Gymnast of the Week (Feb. 17) - Jake Martin
Big Ten Gymnast of the Week (Feb. 24) - Sean Melton
Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Feb.17) - Sean Melton
Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Feb. 24) - Sean Melton
Three Buckeyes have also earned Division I CGA (College Gymnastics Association) Gymnast of the Week Awards this season.
CGA Gymnast of the Week (Jan. 23) - Michael Newburger
CGA Gymnast of the Week (Feb. 16) - Jake Martin
CGA Gymnast of the Week (Feb. 27) - Sean Melton
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.
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.
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 seventh 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 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 return to St. John Arena Saturday, March 15 at 4 p.m. for their final home meet of the season against No. 1 Oklahoma and Temple. The meet marks Senior Day for Will Jeffreys, Brandän Jones, Misha Koudinov, Michael Newburger and Nick Tagliaferro, who will be honored in a ceremony before the start of the meet.