No. 3 Buckeyes Host Big Ten Championships
Alex Johnson
March 31, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The third-ranked Ohio State men's gymnastics team hosts the 2016 Big Ten Gymnastics Championships this Friday and Saturday, April 1-2, at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes, the top-ranked team in the conference, will compete for their first B1G team title since 2007.

Team and all-around finals are scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. ET, with events finals set for Saturday, also at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available for purchase at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, Ticketmaster.com, by calling the Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-GOBUCKS, or at St. John Arena day-of only.

Parking is available in the north and south St. John Arena lots beginning at 4 p.m.

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BTN will air live coverage of the 2016 Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Championships with Bernie Guenther (play-by-play) and John Roethlisberger (analysis) on the call. Check your local listings for channel info, or follow along online or on your phone with BTN2Go.

BUCKEYE HISTORY AT B1Gs
Ohio State has won a total of 12 Big Ten team championships, the last coming in 2007. Buckeye athletes have earned a total of 75 Big Ten event titles.

Former Buckeye Blaine Wilson owns the most individual titles with 11. Five Buckeye gymnasts have earned Big Ten Gymnast of the Year honors and seven Buckeye gymnasts have earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year accolades, including Sean Melton in 2014. Three coaches have received Big Ten Coach of the Year honors.

Last season, OSU was fifth as a team, with Alex Johnson earning a gold medal on high bar.

MELTON SWEEPS WEEKLY AWARDS
Melton was named Gymnast of the Week by both the Big Ten Conference and College Gymnastics Association last week following his impressive performance against William & Mary and Temple March 20.

A redshirt sophomore from Orlando, Fla., Melton won rings (personal-best 16.050), parallel bars (15.650) and high bar (15.200) against the Tribe and Owls, helping the Buckeyes to a first-place team finish. Melton's career-best performance on rings ranks No. 1 in the NCAA this season and No. 2 on the all-time performers list at Ohio State. He won parallel bars and high bar for the third meet in a row.

Freshman Alec Yoder joined Melton as a Big Ten honoree, collecting co-Freshman of the Week honors. A native of Indianapolis, Yoder was a winner on pommel horse (14.900) and added Top-5 finishes on high bar (third, personal-best 15.150) and rings (fourth, 14.950).

RECORD SETTERS
The 2016 Buckeyes are rewriting the record books in their march to the postseason. So far this season, the Scarlet and Gray have set new team records in:
 - All-Around, 447.700 at the Arnold Challenge
 - Rings, 76.050 vs Oklahoma & Air Force
 - High Bar, 75.750 vs. Oklahoma & Air Force
 - Vault, 75.450 at Michigan
 - Parallel Bars, 75.150 at the Arnold Challenge

In addition, Melton set a new school individual record in the all-around, scoring a 91.600 against Oklahoma and Air Force, the top score in the nation this season.

LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State defeated No. 14 William & Mary and No. 17 Temple in its regular-season finale March 20 at Kaplan Arena in Williamsburg, Va. The Buckeyes scored 437.050 as a team in the tri-meet victory.

Ohio State won all six events on the day, securing individual titles on each apparatus. The team highlight came on high bar, where the Buckeyes used three scores over 15.000 to total 75.500, the third-best performance in school history.

BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
TEAM
Ohio State is ranked No. 3 in the College Gymnastics Association (CGA) National Rankings.

The Buckeyes are one of seven Big Ten schools ranked within the Top 10 as Minnesota (No. 4), Illinois (No. 5), Iowa (No. 6), Nebraska (No. 8), Penn State (No. 9) and Michigan (No. 10) also received votes.

OSU owns the No. 3 average all-around score in the nation this season, a four-score average of 439.767. The Buckeyes are ranked second on both rings (75.083 average) and high bar (73.617), and rank eighth or better on the remaining four events: parallel bars (fourth, 73.267), pommel horse (fifth, 72.183), vault (seventh, 73.700) and floor exercise (eighth, 73.183).

INDIVIDUAL
(TOP 10 NATIONALLY/4-SCORE AVERAGE)
Sean Melton -- No. 1, rings; No. 2, parallel bars; No. 5, high bar; No. 6, all-around
Alec Yoder - No. 3, pommel horse; No. 9, rings; No. 9, high bar
Andrew Rickly - No. 3, high bar
Cody Teaney - No. 10 (tie), rings

NCAA TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
All-session and single-session tickets for 2016 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships are now on sale. The Ohio State University and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission will serve as hosts for the national championship at St. John Arena April 15-16.

All-session adult tickets are $20, while youth and student admission is $12. Single-session adult tickets are $12 each, with youth and student prices set at $8.

Tickets are available for purchase online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, Ticketmaster.com, NCAA.com/tickets, and by phone at 1-800-GOBUCKS. In-person purchase is available during business hours at the Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office, located at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, and day-of only at St. John Arena.

UP NEXT
Ohio State hosts the 2016 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships at St. John Arena April 15-16.