gymnastics-men-nc flag | February 27, 2014

Preview: No. 3 Ohio State headlines competition as it hosts first Arnold Invite

No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 9 Iowa at Arnold Classic

Michigan (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) returns to full competition this Saturday, traveling to the first Arnold Invite at 2 p.m. ET at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Joining Michigan at the Arnold Invite will be Ohio State, Iowa, No. 11 Nebraska, Arizona State and the Canadian National Team.

Ohio State will host the Arnold Invite. The Buckeyes posted a program-best 443.300 on Feb. 14, defeating No. 8 California 443.300 – 426.500 in their first home meet of the season at St. John Arena.

Three Buckeyes claimed individual event titles against the Golden Bears. Sophomore Jake Martin claimed the high bar and all-around titles, scoring a career-high 15.800 and career-high 89.000, respectively. Freshman Sean Melton earned first-place finishes on floor exercise with a career-high 15.200, vault with a career-high 15.200 and parallel bars, tying his career high with a 15.400. Junior co-captain Drew Moling claimed the title on rings, scoring 15.700.

The Hawkeyes had three representatives -- redshirt senior Matt McGrath, sophomore Matt Loochtan, and freshman Andrew Botto -- compete in the second session of the Winter Cup on Feb. 20. Of the three gymnasts, McGrath was the only one to advance to the finals on Feb. 22. In the finals, McGrath tallied a score of 41.700, which helped him earn an overall score of 83.050 and place 31st in the field of 42.

No. 5 Minnesota vs. No. 7 Penn State

The Gophers will get back to competing after a week off, as they travel to take on Penn State this weekend. The meet is set for 7 p.m. ET Saturday night.

This will be the first meet of the season featuring the "five up, five down" method of scoring, meaning each gymnast's score will count toward the team total.

Most of the Gophers took a break from competition last weekend, except for juniors Ellis Mannon and Steve Jaciuk, who represented the Gophers at the 2014 Winter Cup in Las Vegas.

The Winter Cup is an annual event that helps determine which gymnasts will comprise the Senior Men's National Team.

Both Gopher gymnasts advanced past the preliminary rounds and into the finals, with Mannon competing in the all-around and Jaciuk competing in the still rings, parallel bars and high bar. Mannon brought home hardware as he finished second on the pommel horse with a two-day total of 28.250.

The Gophers have not faced Penn State since last season, when they hosted the Nittany Lions at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers lost 433.650 to 428.000 at home.

Penn State also finished one spot ahead of Minnesota at the Big Ten Championships last year, taking second with a score of 434.050 while the Gophers ended up third after posting a 430.050.

No. 9 Air Force vs. Illinois-Chicago

Air Force hosts Illinois-Chicago in a pair of dual meets. The two programs will meet on Friday, and again on Sunday in Cadet Center Gym.

Junior Nick Gaudlip placed ninth on the high bar and freshman Tim Wang finished 16th in the all-around, as the pair wrapped up competition at the gymnastics Winter Cup Challenge.

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