Hawkeyes Host Michigan and Illinois

Feb. 14, 2006

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THIS WEEK — The University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team will host fifth-ranked Michigan and third-ranked Illinois Saturday. Competition is set to begin at 7 p.m. in the UI Fieldhouse.

LAST WEEK AGAINST OKLAHOMA — The Hawkeyes lost to second-ranked Oklahoma, 212.000-206.650. Michael Reavis finished in the top five in all events except rings. He also set a season best in the all-around with a 54.05.

LAST WEEK AGAINST NEBRASKA — Iowa snuck past 14th-ranked Nebraska, beating them, 209.6-209.45. Jacques Bouchard was the top finisher on rings, scoring 9.4 and Reavis won the all-around (52.7).

LAST YEAR AGAINST MICHIGAN — The Wolverines topped Iowa, 219.2-215.45. Curtis Kleffman was crowned event champion on pommel horse (9.25) and Reavis took second in the all-around (53.624).

LAST YEAR AGAINST ILLINOIS — Despite breaking four school records, the Hawkeyes fell to Illinois, 223.9-226.375. Reavis set a school record of 54.65 on the all-around.

NATIONAL RANKINGS — The Hawkeyes are ranked sixth in the GymInfo national rankings this week. Iowa is 4-4 this season.

HEAD COACH Tom Dunn — Head Coach Tom Dunn is in his 27th year at Iowa. He has compiled a 203-91-2 record. In 1998, Dunn was named Big Ten Coach of the Year and College Gymnast Association Central Region Coach of the Year. He has led the Hawkeyes to 17 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships. Iowa has competed at the NCAA meet 17 of the past 22 seasons. Dunn has also coached 30 individuals to 62 all-America honors and 20 gymnasts to 32 Big Ten titles.

QUOTING HEAD COACH Tom Dunn — “It is going to be a fantastic show of Big Ten power Saturday night in the Iowa Field House! Illinois is ranked third this week, Michigan is fifth and Iowa is sixth. It’s always fun to be the underdog.”

NEXT COMPETITION — On February 25 the Hawkeyes travel to Oakland, CA for the Pacific Coast Classic. Competition is set to begin at 9 p.m. (CST).