Hawkeyes Host Minnesota

Jan. 29, 2007

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THIS WEEK — The Iowa men’s gymnastics team will compete against Minnesota Sunday in the UI Fieldhouse at 2 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT — At home against Illinois-Chicago last weekend, Iowa defeated the Flames, 200.35-186.4. Hawkeye Jonathan Buese won the all-around for the second time this season, scoring a 47.0. The Hawkeyes took the top three spots on floor exercise, pommel horse and vault. Geoff Reins won vault (8.95) and floor (9.35).

LAST YEAR AGAINST MINNESOTA — In a close competition, Iowa defeated Minnesota, 212.0- 211.15, in Minneapolis. The Hawkeyes scored season highs on rings and parallel bars.

SERIES RESULTS AGAINST MINNESOTA — The Hawkeyes are 49-37 all-time, against Minnesota.

FANTASTIC FRESHMEN — Against Illinois-Chicago, a Hawkeye freshman placed in one of the top-three spots in each event. Jonathan Buese holds the season best in the all-around (50.5). Dusty Cranmer finished second (9.1) on floor exercise and Reid Urbain finished third (8.9). Those scores are personal bests. Joel Snyder finished second on pommel horse (8.05) and horizontal bar (8.1) against Illinois-Chicago.

LIVE STATS — Live stats will be available when the Hawkeyes take on the Gophers online at hawkeyesports.com.

IOWA RANKED — The Hawkeyes are ranked eighth in this week’s GymInfo National rankings.

SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES — Iowa returns 10 lettermen from 2006 when it finished with an 8-10 overall record and placed third at the BigTen Championships in Iowa City.

HEAD COACH Tom Dunn — In his 28th year at Iowa, Head Coach Tom Dunn, has recorded a 212-99-2 record at Iowa. In 1998 and 2006, Dunn was named Big Ten Coach of the Year and College Gymnastics 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 32 individuals to 64 all-America honors and 20 gymnasts to 32 Big Ten titles.

QUOTING HEAD COACH Tom Dunn — “Our season really begins this weekend. Minnesota has beaten us once on a neutral floor and they are ranked above us, but they are within reach. We need to turn it up a notch and beat the Gophers on Super Bowl Sunday! It will be a great pre-game show.”

NEXT COMPETITION — The Hawkeyes travel to Las Vegas to compete in the Winter Cup february 8-10. Session 1 begins at 2 p.m. and session 2 is at 8 p.m each day.