Hawkeyes Head to Big Ten Championships

March 31, 2010

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THIS WEEK: The No. 9 Iowa men’s gymnastics team will compete in the 2010 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships at 6 p.m. Apr. 2-3 in St. John Arena. The Big Ten Network will air the 2010 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships live with Mike Leiderman on the play-by-play, John Roethlisberger as the analyst and Rob Brown on the sidelines.

LAST YEAR AT BIG TENS: The Iowa men’s gymnastics team placed sixth in the 2008 Big Ten Championships with a final score of 344.50. Penn State came in first (360.45), followed by Illinois (357.30), Ohio State (354.35), Michigan (353.00) and Minnesota (351.45).

IN THE RANKINGS: The Hawkeyes are currently ranked No.9 in the country. Big Ten opponents round out the top 10: Illinois (3rd), Michigan (4th), Ohio State (5th), Minnesota (6th) and Penn State (7th).

LAST TIME OUT: The Iowa men’s gymnastics team fell to No. 6 Minnesota and No. 11 Nebraska at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Hawkeyes scored 345.700 in their final meet of the regular season. Golden Gophers won with a 352.150. With a 16.000, Matt McGrath tied for first on vault. Ben Ketelsen led Iowa for the second straight weekend on floor exercise, tying for second. (15.350) Adam Wilson placed sixth to the lead way for the Black and Gold on pommel horse. (13.500) Reid Urbain led Iowa on rings, tying for second(14.800) and Anton Gryshayev placed sixth (14.500). Jonathan Buese tied for second on horizontal bar (15.00) and led Iowa on parallel bars, placing fifth (14.350).

SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES: The Black and Gold return 11 letterwinners, including Iowa’s “one-two punch” of senior Jon Buese and junior Ben Ketelson. The Iowa roster is made up of 11 underclassmen on the 18-man roster with newcomers: Todd Becker, Anton Gryshayev, Timm Krueger, Jack McClay, Matt McGrath and Broderick Shemansky.

BUESE NAMED NISSEN-EMERY FINALIST: University of Iowa men’s gymnastics standout Jonathan Buese has been selected as one of eight finalists for the Nissen-Emery Award, given by the College Gymnastics Association. The Nissen-Emery Award is the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy of men’s gymnastics. Buese has season team-bests in all-around (84.850), parallel bars (14.450) and horizontal bar (14.600). According to GymInfo National rankings, the Gainesville, FL, native, ranks 15th in all-around and in the top 30 in vault, parallel bars and high bar.