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Rising junior Sean Melton of the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team tied for fifth overall in the all-around Sunday at the 2016 P&G Championships in Hartford, Conn. Melton, along with former Buckeye Brandon Wynn, secured a trip to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials June 23 and 25 in St. Louis, Mo.
Melton, who retained his spot on the U.S. Senior National Team with his fifth-place finish, posted an all-around score of 88.650 on Sunday for a two-day total of 177.550, good for a three-way tie with Donnell Whittenburg of Team Hilton HHonors and Yul Moldauer of Oklahoma. Sam Mikulak of Team Hilton HHonors won his fourth-consecutive U.S. national title with a score of 181.500.
Melton finished in the Top 10 for the Buckeyes on five of six events: parallel bars (seventh, 30.050), rings (ninth, 30.050), high bar (ninth, 29.450), floor exercise (ninth, 29.450) and vault (tied for 10th, 30.050). He had three scores of 15 or higher, highlighted by a 15.550 on parallel bars Friday and a 15.200 on vault Sunday.
Wynn, a former NCAA champion and All-American for the Buckeyes, finished 19th overall in the all-around with a two-day score of 173.200. A four-time U.S. national champion on rings, Wynn tied for fifth on the event with a score of 30.700. He will join Melton in St. Louis for the Olympic Trials at the end of June.
Drew Moling, a two-time team captain for the Buckeyes and a 2015 All-American on rings, placed 35th overall with a two-day score of 161.950. His top finish came on rings, where he totaled 29.350 for a 13th-place finish.
Source: Ohio State Athletics
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