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Ohio State Posts Weekend’s Top Score (422.20); Stanford (420.45) Coasts to Victory

Posted on 05 February 2017 by admin

Ohio State (422.20) came out with most of their big guns blazing, putting up their season best on the scoreboard over visiting Michigan (404.95).  Competing on four events for the first time this season, Sean Melton compiled a four-event average of 14.41 that included an event title on FX (14.40).  Jake Martin won his second AA title of the season, tallying 85.25, which is the seventh highest in the country so far.  Martin also earned an event title on HB (14.85) with the nation’s second best score recorded this season.  Also piling up points for the Buckeyes were Jake Dastrup (3-event avg.-14.52), Alec Yoder (3-event avg.-14.45) and Seth Delbridge (3-event avg.-13.80).  Dastrup provided a big spark, winning titles on PH (14.90) and PB (14.70).  Tristan Burke had the meet’s winning score on SR (14.10).

The Buckeyes recorded the sixth highest team score in the country, and certainly puts them in the title-contender category.  Their team scores on PH (72.25) and PB (71.90) put them just behind Oklahoma (PH-72.30, PB-72.40).  Ohio State became just the fourth team to hit for 420-plus this season.

Michigan was led by Emyre Cole’s winning effort on VT (14.60) and Dmitri Belanovski’s 13.81 five-event average.  Still recovering from injury, Belanovski’s steadily increasing role in the lineup is a welcome sight for the young Wolverines.  Michigan is not only young, but is still banged up with several key athletes recovering from injuries.  Still, their effort on the road produced a season-high team score.  The Wolverines will be idle until after Winter Cup.  Ohio State will take on host Penn State next weekend.

Stanford (420.45) firmly cemented their No. 2 ranking, rolling past host Air Force (406.10).  The Cardinal hit the 420 mark for the second time this season to keep their season perfect so far.  Akash Modi (FX-14.90, PB-14.95, 85.45) and Robert Neff (VT-14.60, AA-84.50) did much of the scoring damage for Stanford, earning half of the meet’s individual event titles.  Grant Breckenridge (HB-14.60) won the Cardinal’s remaining title.  Taylor Seaton (FX-14.60, SR-13.75, VT-14.55, HB-14.55) was a scoring machine on four events (14.36 avg.).  Timmy Wang (PH-14.90) and Fletcher Braunton (SR-14.00) were event winners for the Falcons, while teammate Aaron Nubine set a new personal standard on FX (14.55).  Stanford will take part in next weekend’s quad meet, featuring host Cal, Nebraska and Arizona State.  The meet will be televised live by the Pac-12 Network.  Air Force will travel to San Antonio for the annual Pentagon matchup with Army and Navy.

Illinois (411.35) finished strong to outlast Penn State (404.55) in a home meet for the Illini.  Both teams struggled mightily in the first two rotations, scoring well below their season averages on FX and PH.  The Illini settled down to sweep the remaining four team event titles, winning the HB title by 3.55 points to clinch victory.  The big scoring stars for Illinois were Tyson Bull (HB-14.90), Alex Diab (SR-14.70), Johnny Jacobson (VT-14.25, PB-14.55) and Joey Peters (AA-80.75).  Bull is now tied for the nation’s top HB score with Oklahoma’s Levi Anderson.  A pair of freshman led the Nittany Lions.  Steve Nedoroscik (PH-14.35) and Favian Valdez (AA-80.95) accounted for their team’s two individual titles.  Nedoroscik now has won two PH titles this season.  Illinois will be idle until the weekend after Winter Cup, while Penn State will host Ohio State next weekend.

Army (405.85) surged in the final two rotations to win an exciting contest against Navy (403.00).  The Black Knights outscored their rival Midshipmen for the second time in as many tries this season.  Leo Genders (VT-14.30, HB-14.60), Ryan Wilson (VT-14.70, SR-13.75) and Nathan Goff (PH-13.95) paced Army’s scoring attack.  Jonny Tang again was the top scorer for Navy (AA-82.10, PB-14.25, HB-14.15), who also some outstanding performances by freshman Lucas Beltran (VT-14.90) and Wyatt LaPointe (SR-14.55).  Both teams easily surpassed their season highs, with Army topping their season average by almost 13 points.  A rematch is in store next weekend at the All-Academy Championships.

Host Minnesota (400.75) won a low-scoring affair over Nebraska (396.70) and the Univ. of Minnesota Club Team (218.15).  The Gophers (VT-72.10) and Cornhuskers (VT-71.00) were both only able to muster one team score of 70-plus.  Both teams faltered right out of the gate, scoring well below their season averages on FX.  Winning margins on FX, SR and VT provided most of their 4-point advantage at the end for Minnesota.  Justin Karstadt had an outstanding day, winning the AA (82.00) and the event title on SR (14.40).  Also winning for the Gophers was Yaro Pochinka on VT (14.75) and Jalon Stephens (HB-13.85).  Connor Adamsick (FX-13.40), Antonio Castro (PH-13.95) and Anton Stephenson (PB-14.05) captured event titles for the Huskers.  Minnesota hits the road next weekend for a tri-meet against Oklahoma and host Iowa.

In Sunday’s matinee, visiting William & Mary (395.80) was victorious over Springfield (389.90), New York Alliance (269.25), Springfield B Squad (230.25) and Vermont (165.25) at the New England Championships.  The leading scorers and event winners for the Tribe were Neal Courter (FX-13.80, HB-13.35), Nick Van Dyke (VT-14.60), Griffin Antle & Jacopo Gliozzi (PH-13.80) and Rob Meyer (PB-14.10).  Springfield’s Corey Matthews tied for a share of the FX title (13.80), and Joshua Dierker won the AA (79.15).  Springfield is idle until after Winter Cup, while William & Mary will compete against UIC next weekend at the Peachtree Invitational in Atlanta.

***UPDATE  Iowa (399.90) began a busy week on Monday night with a big road win over Cal (396.55).  It was a nice win for the Hawkeyes, who have to head back home for their big contest with Oklahoma and Minnesota on Friday night.  Iowa leverage their season high on VT (71.45) to provide them with almost half of their final winning margin over the Bears.  Every countable score was at least 14.20 or better, led by Andrew Botto’s meet-high 14.50.  Botto also contributed 79.40 in the AA, and Mark Springett had a 13.83 average on 3 events (FX,SR,VT).  The Hawkeyes captured four of six team event titles.  Cal was led by Aaron Mah’s winning effort in the AA (80.55).  Mah also produced winning scores on FX (14.40) and HB (14.00).  The Bears will host Stanford, Arizona State and Nebraska on Saturday night.

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