Hawkeyes Hold Annual Awards Banquet

April 23, 2006

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The Iowa men’s gymnastics team celebrated its 2006 season Sunday night with the team’s annual Dr. C. E. Obermann Awards Banquet.

Sophomore Curtis Kleffman was honored with the N.R. Holzaepfel Most Valuable Team Member award. He was named an all-American on pommel horse, after placing fourth at the NCAA Event Finals. He holds Iowa’s school record on pommel horse as well. Kleffman is a two-time letterwinner and will serve as 2006-07 team captain with senior Bryan Bourland.

Michael Reavis was honored with the Dr. C. E. Obermann Outstanding Senior Award. He was crowned the Big Ten Floor Exercise Champion for the second year in a row and was named to the all-conference team. After being named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week four times this season, Reavis also took home the Biggest Contributor Award for the fourth, and final time in his career at Iowa. He was also a nominee for the Nissen-Emery Award, or the Heisman Trophy of gymnastics. Reavis was named to the U.S. Senior National Team after placing first on floor exercise at the Winter Cup. A three-time NCAA all-American, Reavis holds the University of Iowa records on floor exercise, parallel bars and the all-around.

Freshman Geoff Reins was also recognized as an all-American after he finished seventh on floor exercise at the NCAA Championships and was awarded the Best Competitor in the RED ZONE. Reins is a first-time letterwinner for Iowa.

Sophomore Jacob Becker and senior Jacques Bouchard are 2004-05 Academic all-Americans and named to the Academic all-Big Ten team. Bouchard, a three-time letterwinner, served as team captain for the 2006 season, recording a school record on rings. Becker is a two-time letterwinner for Iowa.

Seniors Bryan Bourland and Dan Proudfoot, juniors Reid Vancelette and Drew Ignoto, and sophomore Tom Buese were named to the Academic all-Big Ten team as well.

Freshman Ben Gonsoulin received the Academic Excellence Award while Bourland received the 2006 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Iowa’s men’s gymnastics and the Coaches Appreciation Award. Gonsoulin is a first-time letterwinner and Bourland is a three-time letterwinner for Iowa.