Columbus, Ohio – The third-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team will open up its 2018 campaign on Saturday night in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the Cadet West Gymnasium against No. 6 Nebraska, No. 11 Air Force, No. 15 Arizona State and No. 18 Washington at the 2018 edition of the Rocky Mountain Open.
The meet is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET and fans can watch a live stream of the meet on our Facebook. The meet will be a six compete, count five meet to get the season started. The Buckeyes will go in the following order: high bar, floor, bye, pommel horse, rings, vault and parallel bars. A group of 15 Buckeyes will be making the trip out West to represent the Scarlet and Gray.
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For the fourth-straight season, Ohio State has been tabbed as the favorite to win the Big Ten title. Ohio State returns eight letterwinners from the 2017 campaign that saw the Buckeyes earn their best finish since 2005 with a second-place showing at the NCAA Championships.
Sean Melton and Alec Yoder, both currently members of the U.S. Senior National Team, are Ohio State’s 2018 Athletes to Watch. Melton and Yoder have a combined 14 All-America honors between the two of them. Yoder and Melton will serve alongside David Szarvas as the team captains for the 2018 campaign. In 2017, Yoder, Melton and Szarvas combined to garner a total of six All-America honors between the three of them. Joey Bonanno is the fourth-returning All-American for the 2018 season; the rising junior used the two best floor routines of his career at the 2017 NCAA Championships to earn a sixth-place finish on the floor.
Ohio State holds a favorable advantage over three of the four teams it will be facing Saturday night. The Buckeyes hold a combined record of 28-6 over Air Force, Arizona State and Washington in program history. The head-to-head record against Nebraska still favors the Scarlet and Gray with a 33-29 advantage.
Rustam Sharipov is entering seventh season as head coach of the Buckeyes. Sharipov owns a career record of 95-65-2 at the helm of Ohio State. In 2017, Ohio State defeated 85 percent of its opponents, the best winning percentage since Sharipov took over in 2012.