The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team came in fourth in their qualifying round, failing to advance to the team finals of the NCAA championship. However, seven members of the team scored high enough to move on to the next round Friday at St. John Arena. If they place in the top 10 in their respective individual events, they’ll move on to the individual event finals at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The Buckeyes earned a season-high 353.750 points Thursday night, trailing only seven points behind Michigan, with a score of 360.65, which was the third and final team to qualify to move on to the finals.
Also qualifying that night were California, with 361.800 points, and Stanford, with 366.100 points.
Senior Brandon Wynn led the Buckeyes, and advanced in the all-around with a score of 89.200.
Also contributing to the Buckeyes’ success was freshman Kris Done, who earned 85.400 points and will move on to the all-around finals.
“I’m a little disappointed,” Done said. “I did really well up until the pommel horse, but I messed up there. But I qualified in the all-around, and (Friday) is the one that really matters.”
Also qualifying for OSU were senior Sean Regan and freshman Misha Koudinov, who will move on in the floor exercise; junior Ty Echard, who will move on in pommel horse; freshman Jeff Treleaven, who qualified on the vault; and junior Mike Behles, who will move on in rings.
Interim co-coach Blaine Wilson said he was proud of his team, even if it didn’t quite make it to the finals.
“We had our best meet of the season,” he said. “They did a fantastic job. They are true Buckeyes.”
The seven OSU qualifiers will move on to compete at 7 p.m. Friday at St. John Arena.