2015 Season Highlights


April 21, 2015

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

· Captains Drew Moling and Alex Johnson earned All-America honors for the Buckeyes. Moling tied for fourth on rings, equaling his season-best score of 15.600, while Johnson placed eighth overall on high bar with a score of 14.550. It was the first All-America award for Moling, a native of Canal Winchester, Ohio, and second for Johnson, from Marysville, Ohio.
 
· Eight Buckeyes competed at the NCAA Team Finals, including three freshmen (Alexander Wilson, Meyer Williams and Seth Delbridge). Johnson posted the top overall score on high bar at the team final, sticking his landing for a 15.150.

· Ohio State placed fifth overall in the second session of the 2015 NCAA Qualifier with a team score of 427.900. Moling finished second in the all-around with a personal-best score of 86.850 to lead the Buckeyes. As a team, Ohio State totaled a season best on floor exercise (72.750) and the second-highest score on parallel bars (71.850).

All-Americans
Rings
Drew Moling -- 15.600 (T-4th)

High Bar
Alex Johnson -- 14.550 (8th)

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

· Johnson won the Big Ten title on high bar - his first as a Buckeye - with a season-best score of 15.325. OSU placed four athletes in the Top 5 of the high bar finals. Sophomore Andrew Rickly joined Johnson as a high bar medalist, claiming bronze with a score of 14.725.

· Johnson and Moling earned First Team All-Big Ten accolades for the Scarlet and Gray.  Moling finished fourth in the all-around competition, fourth on high bar and fifth on parallel bars.

· Ohio State finished fifth at the team championship with a score of 429.350. OSU posted the top score on high bar (73.650) and turned in a season-best score of 73.850 on vault.

First Team All-Big Ten
Alex Johnson
Drew Moling

Second Team All-Big Ten
Andrew Rickly

Sportsmanship Award Honoree
Drew Moling

ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

· Ricky, redshirt sophomore Emeric Quade, sophomore Jake Dastup and junior Jake Martin earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades. The four were also named OSU Scholar-Athletes along with Williams, freshman Evan Bluemel, freshman Josh Hurwitz, freshman Cody Teaney and junior Evan Eigner.
 
· Ohio State hosted the second annual Arnold Challenge March 7 at the Columbus Convention Center, posting a season-high score of 436.250 to defeat the Ukrainian and Canadian National Teams.

· Moling was named Big Ten Co-Gymnast of the Week after the Arnold Challenge, where he won high bar and rings while earning runner-up finishes on vault and parallel bars.

· 2,101 fans were in attendance at St. John Arena for the Buckeyes' dual meet with Michigan, just shy of a gymnastics attendance record at Ohio State.

· Three Buckeyes - Moling, Johnson and Wilson - competed at the Winter Cup Challenge in February. Incoming freshman Alec Yoder was named to the U.S. Senior National Team after an eighth-place finish in the all-around.

· The Buckeyes were voted the preseason favorite in the Big Ten and No. 3 in the nation prior to losing All-Americans Melton and Martin for the season, along with Dastrup.

· Melton enjoyed a busy summer of international and national team competition. Melton won a team gold medal with Team USA and a bronze medal in the all-around at the Senior Pan American championships in Toronto. He was named to the U.S. Senior National Team following an 11th-place finish in the all-around at the P&G championships in August. In addition, he collected four medals at the Pan American Olympic Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico.

· Moling and Johnson joined Melton as Buckeye representatives at the senior level at P&G. Wilson finished seventh in the  junior division all-around.