No. 8 Hawkeyes Hit the Road for No. 7 Minnesota

Feb. 27, 2013

Weekly Release

The eighth-ranked University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team will travel to Minneapolis on Saturday to take on No. 7 Minnesota for the second time this year. The event is set to begin at 7 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion.

The Hawkeyes defeated No. 10 Nebraska (427.500-425.400) to pick up their third-straight Big Ten dual win of the season. Iowa claimed five event titles against the Huskers. Freshman Matt Loochtan won the vault title with a score of 14.950. Senior Anton Gryshayev earned his fifth first place finish of the season on rings, scoring a 15.100. Sophomore Mitchell Landau took the parallel bars title (15.100) as well as the high bar title (15.000). Senior Javier Balboa scored a 85.900 to secure first place in the all-around.

Iowa’s win over No. 10 Nebraska (427.500-425.400) marked their third-straight dual win of the season, including victories over No. 7 Illinois (428.450-428.400) and No. 6 Minnesota (422.750-419.450). The Hawkeyes have claimed 13 of 18 event titles in their past three meets. Senior Javier Balboa has captured three-straight all-around titles.

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). Ohio State sits at fifth, while Illinois (No. 6), Minnesota (No. 7), and Nebraska (No. 9) 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. 6 spot on still rings with an average of 15.150. Classmate Javier Balboa is ranked No. 3 on parallel bars (15.200). Freshman Matt Loochtan is rated third on floor exercise with a 15.400 and claims the No. 9 spot in the all-around with an average of 82.250. As a team, the Hawkeyes are ranked fifth on parallel bars (71.150) and still rings (71.900), sixth on parallel bars (69.550), seventh on floor exercise (71.900), and ninth on vault (71.700).

The Hawkeyes will travel to Lincoln, Neb. on March 16 to take on No. 10 Nebraska for the second time this season. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.