Hawkeyes Fall to Wolverines

Jan. 16, 2005


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The eighth-ranked Iowa men’s gymnastics team fell to the seventh-ranked Michigan Wolverines, 215.450-219.200, Saturday evening at Cliff Keen Arena in Ann Arbor, MI. The Hawkeyes won two event titles and crowned two event champions.

Junior Michael Reavis (Tallahassee, FL) took second in the all-around competition, posting a six-event score of 53.625. Fellow junior Michael McNamara (Orem, UT) finished third in the all-around with a score of 52.0 for the Hawkeyes.

Iowa performed well on floor exercise, topping Michigan 36.7-35.85. Michigan’s Dan Rais was crowned event champion, but Reavis and McNamara finished in second and third, respectively. Freshman Curtis Kleffman (Washington, NJ) took fifth on floor (9.05) while senior Linas Gaveika (Vilnius, Lithuania) was sixth (8.9) and sophomore Matt Beiler (Waterloo, Ontario) came in seventh (8.75).

Kleffman continued his strong performance and was crowned event champion on pommel horse with a score of 9.25.

Senior Kenny Lin (Sparks, NV) was the Hawkeye’s top performer on rings, scoring a 9.6 to place second. The mark tied the University of Iowa school record that he currently holds. Junior Jacques Bouchard (Rio Rancho, NM) took fifth (9.25) and senior Jason Dixon (Council Bluffs, IA) finished sixth (8.75).

On vault, Reavis finished in a tie for third place with a score of 9.4. Three Hawkeyes, Matt Beiler, Erik Tefteller (San Antonio, TX) and Lin, all finished in a tie for sixth place (9.05).

Iowa topped Michigan on horizontal bar 36.425-35.95. Gaveika was crowned event champion with a score of 9.425, while Reavis finished in second with a score of 9.4.

The Hawkeyes will travel to West Point, NY, January 28-29 to compete at the West Point Open.