March 7, 2006
The seventh-ranked University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team travels to Minneapolis to compete against 10th-ranked Minnesota on Friday. Competition is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Sports Pavilion.
LAST TIME AGAINST MINNESOTA
In February, at the Pacific Coast Classic, the Hawkeyes beat Minnesota, 207.2-206.575. Last year, Iowa defeated Minnesota, 217.325-213.4. Michael Reavis won the all-around (54.4) and Matt Beiler was the top finisher on parallel bars (9.2).
LAST TIME OUT
Despite scoring a team season best, Iowa lost to Illinois, 217.6-214.4. Iowa had three event champions. Jacques Bouchard on rings (9.45), Diego Mercado-Austin on vault (9.3) and Michael Reavis on floor (9.7).
Reavis won the all-around against Illinois. His score of 55.0 marked a personal season and conference best. He has earned three Big Ten Player of the Week honors this season. He is ranked second in the all-around and first on floor, according to GymInfo national rankings.
The Hawkeyes are ranked seventh in this week’s GymInfo national rankings this week. Iowa has a 7-10 record.
HEAD COACH Tom Dunn
Head Coach Tom Dunn is in his 27th year at Iowa. He has compiled a 206-97-2 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.
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Hawkeyes are one meet away from hosting the 2006 Big Ten Championships. Minnesota, Penn State, Ohio State, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan will be competing in the two-day meet in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa hosts the Big Ten Championships on March 24-25. The two-day meet will be in Carver-Hawkeye Arena and will begin at 7 p.m. each day.