Incoming Buckeyes Shine At Junior Olympic Nationals
May 17, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Three incoming freshmen on the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team competed strong at the 2018 Junior Olympic Nationals, held at the Cox Business Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., taking away two event titles and three runner-up finishes.

Luke Smigliani saw action in the Junior Olympic division, claiming second in the all-around with an overall score of 155.900. Angel Leon and Dexter Roetkker competed in the Junior Elite divison, both finishing with remarkable showings. Leon recorded a sixth-place finish in the all-around with a score of 134.850, while Roetkker finished in 16th, garnering a score of 129.050.

Smigliani, a native of Hanover, Mass., was runner-up in a field of 39 competitors and claimed the pommel horse title with a two-day score of 26.650. Smigliani continued to impress with a third-place mark of 27.150 on the rings, a fourth-place score of 23.350 on the parallel bars and a fifth-place finish on the floor at 26.500.

Leon, from Tucson, Ariz., was the rings champion, registering a two-day score of 24.200. Leon also finished as the runner-up on high bar, totaling a two-day score of 23.100, and tallied a score of 22.950 on floor to claim fourth. His performance qualified for the USA P&G Championships in Boston, Mass., on Aug. 16-18 at the TD Garden.

Roettker, a native of Jackson, Ohio, was the runner-up on vault by tallying a two-day score of 24.250, and claimed seventh on the rings, registering a 23.100. Roettker’s final vault score of 9.550 was the highest among all competitors, and his preliminary score of 14.700 ranked in the top four.

Full Results

Luke Smigliani – 2nd place – 155.900 (JO Division)
Floor – 26.500 (13.050 & 13.450)
Pommel – 26.650 (13.500 & 13.100)
Rings – 27.150 (13.700 & 13.450)
Vault – 26.300 (13.300 & 13.000)
Parallel Bars – 25.350 (12.450 & 12.900)
High Bar – 23.950 (12.000 & 11.950)

Angel Leon – 3rd place – 134.850 (JE Division)
Floor – 23.950 (13.500 & 9.450)
Pommel – 20.700 (11.350 & 9.350)
Rings – 24.200 (14.550 & 9.650)
Vault – 22.950 (13.600 & 9.350)
Parallel Bars – 20.950 (11.700 & 9.250)
High Bar – 23.100 (13.850 & 9.250)

Dexter Roettker – 16th place – 129.050 (JE Division)
Floor – 21.800 (12.750 & 9.050)
Pommel – 18.550 (10.500 & 8.050)
Rings – 23.100 (13.800 & 9.300)
Vault – 24.250 (14.700 & 9.550)
Parallel Bars – 21.650 (13.00 & 8.650)
High Bar – 19.700 (10.650 & 9.05