Male Gymnasts Advance To Nationals

By Jeff Rapp, April 22nd, 2017

The third-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team posted a score of 414.650 in the qualifying round of the NCAA Championships on Friday to advance to the team finals Saturday evening (6 p.m. Eastern).

The Buckeyes’ team total was the second-best of the afternoon session, only being outscored by No. 2 Stanford (420.450). Joining Ohio State and Stanford in the team finals from the first session will be Nebraska, which scored a 413.050. The other three teams to compete will be determined after the evening qualifying session on Friday.

Sean Melton had the best score of any athlete on the rings in the afternoon session (14.950). Melton’s high bar score of 14.300 was the fourth-highest of any athlete in the qualifying session. The duo of Chris Coombs and Tristan Burke earned fourth and fifth-place finishes in the rings with routines of 14.100.

Jake Martin competed in five of six events during the meet and had his best performance on the high bar. Martin threw down a readout of 14.450 on the high bar for the second-best score of the day. Martin’s performance on the high bar helped Ohio State achieve its best score of the season on the event with a readout of 69.515 to secure its berth into the finals.

Alec Yoder and Brandon Jacoby paced Ohio State on the pommel horse with scores of 14.450 and 14.350, respectively. Those scores by Yoder and Jacoby were the fourth and fifth-best tallies of the session. For the second meet in a row, Yoder came up with a huge parallel bar routine (14.500) to rank second in the competition.

On the vault, Martin (season best) and Joey Bonanno (personal best) both scored 14.350’s to help the Buckeyes register a 70.550. Seth Delbridge had the highest vault by a Buckeye today with a 14.550.