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Men's Gymnastics Suffers Loss to Ohio State

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Feb. 13, 2016

433.250 444.500
  Penn State Ohio State
Floor Exercise 73.900 73.500
Pommel Horse 69.800 75.100
Still Rings 73.350


Vault 74.050 73.750
Parallel Bars 72.300 73.950
High Bar 69.850 72.250
  Gymnast (Team) Score
Floor Exericise Torres (PSU) 15.550
Pommel Horse Yoder (OSU) 15.750
Still Rings Melton (OSU) 15.750
Vault Howard (PSU) 15.100
Parallel Bars Wilson (OSU) 15.200
High Bar Rickly (OSU) 15.200
All-Around Torres (PSU) 71.850

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite scoring a season-high 433.250, the Penn State men’s gymnastics team fell to Ohio State, 444.500-433.250 in a Big Ten Conference match Saturday, Feb. 13.

Seniors Trevor Howard (Columbus, Ohio) and Alexis Torres (Cantano, Puerto Rico) both captured a title on the afternoon with Torres earning his third floor exercise title of the season and Howard nabbing the vault title.

Penn State got off to a solid start on the pommel horse, seeing three career bests on the apparatus. Junior Christian McSwain (Jamestown, N.C.) led the Blue and White with a career-best 14.550 to finish fifth overall, while Leroy Clarke, Jr. (Maplewood, N.J.) tied for sixth overall with a 14.400. Also placing in the top 10 for the Nittany Lions was Benjamin Cooperman (Southborough, Mass.), who earned a 13.900 to place ninth overall.

Moving to floor, Torres earned his third title of the season with a 15.550, while Jeremy Munn (York, Maine) and Howard tied for fourth with matching 14.800s. The three combined with a sixth-place finish from Joshua Smith (Baton Rouge, La.), who nabbed a career-high 14.750, helped the Nittany Lions to a season-best 73.900 on the floor exercise.

The Blue and White saw their second season-best score of the day on the vault, notching a 74.050, while Howard claimed the title with a 15.100 and Smith placed second with a 15.000. Torres rounded out the top five scores for Penn State with a season-best 14.850. Also scoring career-highs on the vault were Munn with a 14.700 and Chris Sands (Lancaster, Pa.) with a 13.650 in his first career appearance.

Ohio State swept the top three spots on the still rings, while Clarke came in fourth overall with a 14.900 for the Nittany Lions. Cooperman placed second for Penn State and sixth overall with a career-best 14.750 and Noah Roberson (Williamsville, N.Y.) nabbed a career-high 14.700 to tie for seventh overall. As a team, the Blue and White notched its third-straight season-best score of the afternoon with a 73.350 on the still rings.

The Buckeyes took the top three spots on the high bar, while Wyatt Tyndall (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) placed fourth for Penn State with a career-best 14.200. Freshman Michael Burns (Baltimore, Ohio) and Clarke placed sixth overall with matching 14.100s and Torres grabbed an eighth-place finish with a 13.900.

In the final event of the day, Clarke placed second overall with a 15.150 on the parallel bars, while Tyndall tied for fourth with a 14.750. The Nittany Lions were unable to overcome the deficit, falling to Ohio State 444.500-433.250.

Penn State continues life on the road Feb. 18-20 when it travels to Las Vegas, Nev. for the 2016 Winter Cup. The two-day event is slated to start at 4 p.m. on Thursday and 9 p.m. on Saturday.




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