No. 9 Hawkeyes Travel to No. 10 Nebraska

March 13, 2013

Weekly Release

The ninth-ranked University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team will travel to Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday 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. The Hawkeyes defeated the Huskers on Feb. 23 in Iowa City (427.500-425.400).

The Hawkeyes fell to No. 7 Minnesota, 428.750-416.300. Despite the loss, four gymnasts claimed individual event titles. Javier Balboa earned first place on the still rings with a score of 14.850. The Hawkeyes edged the Gophers, 71.600-70.900, on rings. William Albert earned the Hawkeyes’ second event title of the night on vault with a 15.050. Mitchell Landau took first place on the parallel bar, scoring a 15.000. Balboa captured his fourth-straight all-around title, finishing the meet with an 84.450. The event marked the first time that a five-up, five-count format was utilized this season.

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 ninth 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 fourth, while Illinois (No. 6), Minnesota (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. 8 spot on still rings with an average of 15.450. Classmate Javier Balboa is ranked fifth in the all-around (85.8170) and eighth on parallel bars (15.083). Sophomore Lance Alberhasky is ranked No. 10 in the all-around, averaging a 83.300. As a team, the Hawkeyes are ranked fifth on still rings (74.017), sixth on parallel bars (71.783), ninth on the high bar (70.367), and tenth on floor exercise (71.767).

The Hawkeyes will wrap up the regular season when they host the University of Illinois-Chicago on March 30. The meet is set to begin at 5 p.m. inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.