No. 8 Iowa Hosts No. 10 Nebraska

Feb. 20, 2013

Weekly Release

The eighth-ranked University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team will host No. 10 Nebraska at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday. The dual is set to begin at 5 p.m.

The Hawkeyes scored their season high of 428.450 to win at No. 7 Illinois, the reigning national champions, last Saturday (428.450-428.400). Iowa claimed four event titles. Freshman Matt Loochtan led the Hawkeyes on floor, winning the event with a score of 15.300. Sophomore Mitchell Landau earned first on the high bar with a 14.500. Senior Javier Balboa earned first place on parallel bars (14.900) and also claimed the all-around title, finishing with a 85.600.

No. 10 Nebraska is led by junior Wyatt Aycock, who claims top-20 spots on two individual events. As a team, the Huskers sit at No. 7 on pommel horse and high bar, No. 9 on vault, and No. 10 on parallel bars, floor exercise, and still rings.

Season tickets are currently on sale for $15 for adults. Fans purchasing season tickets will gain admission to the remaining two meets, including No. 10 Nebraska and University of Illinois-Chicago.The season ticket package includes premium seating options and one Iowa men’s gymnastics t-shirt. All youth, 18 and younger, and UI students are admitted free to all home matches. Fans interested in attending home meets at Carver-Hawkeye Arena should visit or contact the UI Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800 IA-HAWKS.

JD Reive is in his third season as head coach of the University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team. In his first season at the helm of the Iowa program, the Hawkeyes broke four team records and five individual records under Reive’s guidance. Iowa broke the total team score record with a 351.800 on March 24, 2011. Six gymnasts punched their tickets to compete individually at the NCAA Championships in Reive’s first season. Reive coached his first Hawkeye to All-America honors with Matt McGrath in 2011. In 2012, he coached three Hawkeyes (Javier Balboa, Broderick Shemansky, Anton Gryshayev) to the individual event semifinals at the NCAA Championships. Reive, who is the seventh head coach in the program history, came to Iowa City after serving as an assistant coach at men’s gymnastics powerhouse Stanford from 2003-10.

The Hawkeyes are currently ranked eighth by GymInfo. All seven Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 10. Penn State leads the way at No. 1, followed by Michigan (No. 2) and Oklahoma (No. 3). Ohio State sits at fifth, while Minnesota (No. 6), Illinois (No. 7), and Nebraska (No. 10) join the Hawkeyes in the top 10.

Iowa has three gymnasts ranked in the top ten nationally for individual events. Senior Anton Gryshayev holds the No. 2 spot on still rings with an average of 15.450. Classmate Javier Balboa is ranked No. 7 on parallel bars (15.067), and No. 5 on the all-around (83.883). Sophomore Lance Alberhasky is rated sixth on the all-around with an average of 83.300. As a team, the Hawkeyes are ranked fifth on parallel bars (71.767), sixth on still rings (73.500), ninth on floor exercise (71.767).

The Hawkeyes will travel to Minneapolis on March 2 to take on No. 6 Minnesota for the second time this season. The event is set to begin at 7 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion.