No. 5 Ohio State Travels to No. 2 Oklahoma Saturday
Head Coach Rustam Sharipov
March 21, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 5 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team travels to No. 2 Oklahoma for its final dual meet of the regular season Saturday night. The meet will take place at McCasland Field House at 8 p.m. ET and will be televised live on Sooner Sports TV on FS Southwest + and FCS Central.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
The Buckeyes move down one spot to No. 5 in the most recent GymInfo poll with a four score average of 433.233.
After the sixth week of team competition, Ohio State continues to rank within the top 10 of all six events. The Buckeyes currently rank third on floor exercise (74.450) and pommel horse (72.600), fourth on high bar (71.867), fifth on vault (73.317), ninth on rings (72.250) and 10th on parallel bars (70.567).
No. 4 Danny Steiner - 15.300
No. 8 Jeff Treleaven - 15.150
No. 2 Michael Newburger - 15.267
No. 13 John Laing - 14.767
No. 15 Drew Moling - 15.050
No. 6 Jeff Treleaven - 14.983
No. 18 Drew Moling - 14.783
No. 20 Kris Done - 14.350
LAST TIME OUT
The No. 4 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team posted its best team score of the season March 9, defeating No. 15 UIC, 439.200-409.050, on Senior Day at St. John Arena.
In addition to posting their best team score for the sixth consecutive meet this season, the Buckeyes also tallied team bests on rings (74.050) and parallel bars (72.250).
Six Ohio State gymnasts won individual event titles against UIC, as sophomore Danny Steiner won floor exercise with a 15.70, redshirt junior Michael Newburger won pommel horse with a 15.00, sophomore Drew Moling placed first on rings with a 15.50, redshirt sophomore Jeff Treleaven won vault with a 14.95, and freshmen Jake Martin and Alex Johnson took first on parallel bars and high bar with a 14.85 and 15.05, respectively.
SCOUTING THE SOONERS
Oklahoma (14-1, 3-1) currently ranks No. 2 in the latest GymInfo poll with a four score average of 439.450.
The Sooners also rank within the top 10 of all six events, ranking first on floor exercise (74.867), second on pommel horse (72.783) and high bar (72.667), third on parallel bars (72.683), fourth on rings (74.767) and sixth on vault (72.983).
Individually, sophomore Alec Robin paves the way for Oklahoma in the all-around, ranking No. 6 (84.117) in the nation. Robin also ranks No. 5 on floor exercise (15.233) and No. 11 on high bar (14.583).
On pommel horse, sophomore Michael Reid ranks No. 6 (14.917), while senior Michael Squires ranks No. 6 on rings (15.383). On high bar, redshirt sophomore Stanton Rehkemper ranks No. 5 (14.767).
In team competition, Oklahoma most recently upset then-No. 2 Michigan, 432.100-431.250, at Michigan March 9. Stanford is the only team that has defeated the Sooners this season.
LAST SEASON AGAINST OKLAHOMA
In its regular season home opener, the No. 2 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team fell to No. 3 Oklahoma 353.150-347.750 Jan. 21 at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes posted season highs on floor exercise (60.300), rings (57.750), parallel bars (56.400) and high bar (58.000) in the meet vs. the Sooners.
The Scarlet and Gray began the meet on floor exercise, posting a season-high 60.300 team score. Misha Koudinov led the Buckeyes after collecting a career-high 15.60.
On pommel horse, senior co-captain and two-time All-American Ty Echard posted a team-high 15.05 for first overall in the competition while Larry Mayer soared his way to a 15.00 on vault to tie for first place overall in the competition with 2012 Olympian Jake Dalton.
The Buckeyes’ meet at Oklahoma marks the first time head coach Rustam Sharipov will return to the school he previously coached for. Sharipov was an assistant coach for the Sooners from 2005-11, earning Co-Assistant Coach of the Year honors twice while helping guide the team to two national titles.
“I respect Oklahoma,” Sharipov said. “I know they have a strong program and I learned a lot from working there. Oklahoma is one of the teams that motivates our team to be better.”
With their current No. 5 ranking, the Buckeyes have now ranked within the Top 5 as a team for all but one week of the 2012-13 season, while also improving upon last year’s No. 6 ranking at this point in the year.
POMMEL HORSE SPECIALIST
Prior to his current No. 2 ranking on pommel horse, Newburger was ranked No. 1 on the event for four consecutive weeks (Feb. 18 - March 11).The Austin, Texas, native has claimed four individual event titles on pommel horse this season, the most recent coming against No. 15 UIC March 9 with a 15.00. The redshirt junior and All-American scored a 15.40 to capture the event title vs. No. 3 Michigan, a career-high 15.50 en route to winning the pommel horse title at the 2013 Winter Cup Challenge, and a 15.40 to earn the individual event title against No. 1 Penn State.
FIVE UP, FIVE COUNT
The rules for participation changed as of March 1. Through the last day of February, six gymnasts were allowed to perform per event with the top five scores counting toward the team score. As of March 1, only five gymnasts are allowed to perform per event with all five scores counting towards the overall team score.
The Buckeyes have a bye week before opening the postseason at the Big Ten Championships April 5-6 in the Sports Pavilion at the University of Minnesota. The team and all-around competition will be held on Friday while the individual championships will take place on Saturday. Competition is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET both days.
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