Penn State earns nation’s best score
Second-ranked Nittany Lions upend No. 7 Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No. 2 Penn State used another trademark team effort to dispatch its second consecutive Big Ten opponent, as the Nittany Lions recorded a season-high and nation's best score of 355.500 to claim an emphatic road victory against No. 7 Ohio State (347.200) on Saturday in Columbus. The regular season win was Penn State's sixth consecutive against the Buckeyes.
Ohio State captured three of the six individual titles but the Nittany Lions' top-to-bottom line-up depth proved to be the tipping point, as Penn State won all six events as a team. Fueling the victory was a program-record score in the pommel horse (59.500) and a season high in the vault (60.200) and the high bar (58.650). Penn State's overall team score, which was a 3.5 point improvement over its previous best, is the nation's highest this season entering competition on Saturday evening.
Individual wins were secured by junior Scott Rosenthal (still rings), freshman Tristan Duverglas (vault), and junior Felix Aronovich (parallel bars).
Ranked No. 1 in the nation in the still rings, Rosenthal surpassed the 16.000 threshold for the third time this season, scoring a 16.100 to secure his fifth title in the event in 2012. Duverglas scored just off his season high in the vault (15.300), recording a 15.250, to claim his fourth first-place finish of the year in the event while Aronovich's parallel bars score of 15.200 was a team season high.
Sophomore Preston Gall made a successful return to his hometown, placing second in the pommel horse with a career-high score of 15.250. A score of 14.950 from freshman Craig Hernandez and a career-high mark of 14.750 by sophomore Adrian Evans helped Penn State break the program record that it set less than a month ago at the West Point Open.
Freshman Matthew Felleman was also key to the win as Penn State's leadoff competitor. He set the tone for the Nittany Lions, as his scores in each of the four events in which he competed counted towards the team total and two of them, in the vault (14.950) and high bar (14.550), were season highs.
Junior Parker Raque continued be to clutch performer, finishing second in the floor exercise (14.950) and in the vault (15.050). Sophomore Wasef Burbar displayed his All-American form in the high bar, placing second in his signature event with a season-high score of 15.250.
Senior co-captain Miguel Pineda (15.050) and redshirt sophomore Nihir Kothari (14.950) helped give Penn State a top-three sweep in the still rings, finishing second and third, respectively. Pineda also placed third in the parallel bars.