COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 8 California Golden Bears fell to No. 4 Ohio State Friday night in Columbus at St. John Arena, 443.300-426.500. Redshirt senior co-captain Donothan Bailey continued his run of dominant form, scoring 88.650 in the all-around competition and also claiming the individual title on the pommel horse (14.900). Bailey also set a new career-best on the high bar, scoring a 15.450 on his routine. Ohio State sophomore Jake Martin captured the all-around championship competition, posting an 89.000, highlighted by his incredible high bar routine, which earned him a 15.800. The Buckeyes won five of the six team events, and tied for the sixth, and five individual event titles. Cal did however set two new school records in team competition on vault (74.350) and high bar (73.400).
“For our first east coast travel meet, we did pretty well,” said Associate Head Coach Brett McClure following the meet on Friday. “I definitely could tell that after the flight and time change, the team wasn’t as comfortable as they should’ve been.”
Cal opened the meet on the pommel horse with a team score of 67.400, their lowest-scoring event of the night. Bailey was the individual event winner with his routine that garnered a 14.900, but the remainder of the event’s leaderboard belonged to the Buckeyes. Senior Misha Koudinov led the way for Ohio State, scoring a 14.700, and the team totaled 72.550 points for the event win.
The Bears next moved to the floor exercise, where they were paced by sophomore Ryan Patterson. The Pacifica native posted a 14.950 with his routine, just ahead of teammate Jeffrey Langenstein, a redshirt senior, who scored a 14.800. Ohio State freshman Sean Melton claimed the individual title on the apparatus with a score of 15.200.
California stood out on the vault, posting a school-record team score 74.350. As a group, Cal scored no lower than a 14.300, and Patterson impressed with a new career-high 15.100 vault, while redshirt senior Christian Monteclaro scored a 14.950, and Langenstein added a vault that earned a 14.900. The Buckeyes were equal to the challenge, tying California with a 74.350 team score of their own. The event’s individual winner was Melton, who grabbed the title with his 15.200.
Langenstein (15.000) and Bailey (14.650) led the Bears on the still rings, while sophomore Kyle Zemeir posted a 14.400. Ohio State was paced by junior Drew Molling, who wowed the crowd with his routine that earned a 15.700.
Cal’s also set a new school record on high bar, posting a team score of 73.400. For the second consecutive week, Bailey set a new career-best on the bar, with a routine that scored a 15.450, topping his previous high of 15.400 set last week. Zemeir (14.650) and sophomore Capri Sano (14.550) also impressed in the event for the Golden Bears. Ohio State’s Martin stole the show however, as he brought the crowd to its feet with his 15.800 routine. Martin was only just two tenths of a point better than junior teammate Alex Nork, who put up a 15.600.
Unfortunately for Cal, the final event on parallel bars did not go their way, as the team struggled. Zemeir was the team’s high-scorer with a 14.500, but only Bailey was able to score above the 14.000 threshold with a 14.250. The Buckeyes closed out the meet with a team score of 73.450, and were paced by Melton’s 15.400 to win the meet over the Bears.
California is off as a team next week, but four Golden Bears will be in action in Las Vegas for the Winter Classic.