March 28, 2014
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LINCOLN, Neb. — The seventh-ranked University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team finished seventh with a score of 425.600 in the all-around and team competition at the Big Ten Championships at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb.
Michigan defended its’ Big Ten title with a score of 448.200, while Ohio State took the runner-up spot with a score of 441.050. Penn State (438.000), Illinois (435.350), Minnesota (429.150) and Nebraska (428.150) finished third, fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
“I’m pretty disappointed in how we performed tonight,” said head coach JD Reive. “We had guys that showed up, and guys that did not show up. This is a team sport and in order for us to do well, everyone needs to do their part for us to succeed.”
“We will go back into the gym and fix all the issues that we had tonight so that we can perform better at NCAA’s.”
Redshirt junior Lance Alberhasky led the Hawkeyes on parallel bars with a score of 14.700 and tied for 12th in the event. Sophomore Jack Boyle, Iowa’s lone all-around competitor, recorded a 14.650 and tied for 17th in the event and junior Mitchell Landau tallied a 14.300 and tied for 26th.
Landau continued his success on high bar, finishing eighth with a score of 14.800. Both Boyle and freshman Cory Paterson tallied scores of 14.500 for the Hawkeyes and tied for 14th in the event.
Iowa occupied fourth place heading into floor exercise — the team’s third rotation. Redshirt senior Matt McGrath posted a score of 15.050 and finished seventh in the event to lead the Hawkeyes. Redshirt sophomore Cyrus Dobre-Mofid tallied a 14.600 and tied for 22nd, while Boyle recorded a 14.350 and tied for 26th.
After a fourth rotation bye, Iowa resumed competition on pommel horse. Sophomore Doug Sullivan led the Hawkeyes with a score of 14.800, tying for seventh in the event. Sophomore Del Vecchio Orozco tallied a 14.050 and tied for 21st, while freshman David Spanier scored a 13.200 and placed 34th.
On still rings, sophomore Matt Loochtan and All-American redshirt senior Matt McGrath did not disappoint as they each recorded scores of 15.150 and 15.000, respectively. Boyle tallied a 14.850 and tied for 17th to improve his all-around status. Loochtan placed ninth and McGrath tied for 10th in the event. Iowa moved from seventh place to third in the team standings after the event.
The Hawkeyes concluded the meet on vault, one of their strongest events. Loochtan, McGrath and junior William Albert each tallied scores of 14.800 to improve Iowa’s run for the title. Freshman Andrew Botto came in behind the trio with a score of 14.650 and tied for 22nd to finish off the night for Iowa. The trio tied for 13th in the event.
Iowa finished in seventh place after the other six conference competitors improved their overall team scores.
In the all-around standings, Boyle finished eighth with a score of 85.600. Michigan’s Sam Mikulak won the all-around title with a score of 93.700.
The Big Ten Championships will conclude tomorrow with the individual event finals at 4 p.m. (CT) at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb. The top 10 individual finishers in Friday’s events will advance to Saturday’s finals, which will be shown live on the Big Ten Network.
Big Ten Championship Finals Qualifiers