gymnastics-men-nc flag | March 6, 2014

No. 4 Ohio State travels west to take on No. 2 Stanford, No.10 California

No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 10 California, Arizona State

Ohio State heads to the west coast to compete against Stanford, No. 10 California and Arizona State at 7 p.m. ET Saturday at Burnham Pavilion.

Ohio State placed third at the Arnold Challenge, posting an overall team score of 429.500 to round out the top three teams at the inaugural invitational held at the Columbus Convention Center.

Six different Buckeyes posted top-five finishes at the competition. Sophomore Alex Johnson represented Ohio State on floor exercise, finishing third overall after posting a career-high 15.20, while freshman Sean Melton and sophomore Jake Martin finished second and fifth on pommel horse with a career-high score of 15.05 and 14.80, respectively. On vault, junior Larry Mayer posted a 15.00 to finish second, while redshirt junior Jeff Treleaven scored a season-high 14.90 to finish third. Johnson also paced the Buckeyes on high bar, scoring a career-high 15.45 to place second overall while junior Alex Nork finished fourth with a 15.35.

As a team, Stanford ranks No. 1 on vault (74.300), No. 2 on rings (75.083), No. 3 on parallel bars (73.800) and high bar (73.267) and No. 4 on floor exercise (74.200) and pommel horse (72.983).

Individually, Stanford holds a No. 1 ranking in the all-around and on parallel bars as freshman Akash Modi currently holds three score averages of 89.933 and 15.633 on those events, respectively. Modi also holds a fourth-place ranking on floor exercise with an average score of 15.383 and a sixth-place ranking on pommel horse with an average score of 15.117.

No. 1 Oklahoma vs. Nebraska

Top-ranked Oklahoma has been off of competition since the Winter Cup Challenge on Feb. 21-22.

The Sooners are ready for Nebraska at 5 p.m. ET Sunday at home.

No. 3 Michigan, No. 5 Penn State, Puerto Rico

Michigan (14-0) returns to full team competition 7 p.m. ET Friday at the Pedrin Zorilla Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, versus the Puerto Rican National Team and Penn State. The meet will feature a five-up, five-count scoring system.

The Wolverines took first at the first Arnold Invitational with a team score of 437.50 on March 1 at the Columbus Convention Center. Wolverines took home individual-event wins in five of six events on the day as U-M remained undefeated on the season.

Graduate student Syque Caesar claimed a pair of event titles on the day, beginning with a win on parallel bars with a 15.55. He followed with a pristine routine on high bar for a 15.80.

Also taking home titles were junior Stacey Ervin, who marked a 15.80 on floor in the first rotation. Rotation two saw U-M head to pommel horse, where senior Dylan James scored a 15.15 for first place, while classmate Matt Freeman took third with a 15.05.

No. 6 Minnesota vs. No. 9 Iowa, Brockport

The Gophers will host their final home meet of the season at 8 p.m. Saturday, when they host Iowa and Brockport at the Sports Pavilion.

The Gophers' five-meet winning streak ended last weekend when Minnesota lost on the road to Penn State 440.200 to 431.500.

The Gophers took home two individual event titles in the loss, as senior Zack Chase won vault with a score of 15.300, giving him three vault titles on the season, and junior captain Steve Jaciuk won the high bar with a score of 15.150. Jaciuk also stuck his landing and tied for third on parallel bars with a score of 14.850.

The Gophers have already squared off against Iowa twice this season, finishing ahead of the Hawkeyes in both meets. The Gophers finished one place ahead of Iowa at the Windy City Invitational, posting a score of 424.800 to Iowa's 417.700.

The Gophers also traveled to Iowa City last month, where they defeated Iowa and Nebraska with a season-high score of 437.400.

No. 7 Illinois vs. Illinois-Chicago

Fighting Illini men's and women's teams will host its annual Gym Jam promotion at 5 p.m. Saturday. The men will battle UIC.

The team will host its second home meet this weekend after going 7-3-1 this season, with a runner up finish at the Windy City Invitational and wins against UIC, Ohio State, and Iowa. As a team, Illinois is ranked sixth on floor and pommel horse, fifth on still rings, seventh on vault and parallel bars, and eighth on high bar.

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