Jan. 20, 2009
The University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team will host the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames in Iowa City. Competition will begin at 2 p.m. in the UI Fieldhouse.
The Hawkeyes head into the match up ranked 13th after last week’s competitions according to the GymInfo weekly poll. Opponent Illinois-Chicago is currently ranked 11th according to the same poll.
The Hawkeyes placed sixth at the Windy City Invite in Chicago, IL, with a final score of 325.90. Freshman Zach Cazabon placed fifth in the all-around competition with an 80.85 in his collegiate debut, and led the Hawkeyes on pommel horse and parallel bars scoring 13.10 and 14.00 respectively. Sophomore Ben Ketelsen placed 10th on vault with a 15.10 while junior Reid Urbain placed 11th on rings with a 14.20.
LAST YEAR AGAINST ILLINOIS-CHICAGO
Iowa defeated the Flames in Chicago, 338.55 to 334.75. Geoff Reins led the Hawkeyes, placing first on vault with a score of 16.050 and second on floor exercise with a 14.60, while Ben Ketelsen placed third in the all-around competition with an 81.60. Teammate Reid Urbain gave Iowa another first place finish, scoring a 14.75 on floor exercise.
HEAD COACH Tom Dunn
In his 28th year at Iowa, Head Coach Tom Dunn, has recorded a 213-112-2 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
“The team was pretty rough in Chicago last weekend and looks forward to a rematch with the University of Illinois-Chicago. Illinois-Chicago beat us by 1.80 and we think we can improve from our first to second competition.”