Jan. 17, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team kicked off their 2015 regular season finishing fourth at the Windy City Invite. They competed with UIC, Michigan, Ohio State, Minnesota, and Illinois.
The Hawkeyes began their season on floor exercise where Cyrus Dobre-Mofid scored a team-high 14.000. Followed by Jack Boyle (13.900), Brandon Field (13.250), Matt Loochtan (13.150), Lance Alberhasky (12.850), and David Spanier (12.800).
Iowa then moved onto pommel horse. Doug Sullivan led all teams with a 14.900. He was followed by Austin Hodges (13.800), Del Vecchio Orozco (13.600), Elijah Parsells (12.500), David Spanier (12.000), and Emmanuel Monroy (11.600)
Rings were up next for the Hawkeyes. Traditionally a strong event for the Hawkeyes. Will Albert scored a 15.000 to lead Iowa. Jack Boyle (14.600), Lance Alberhasky (13.900), Andrew Botto (13.900), Matt Loochtan (12.900), Dylan Ellsworth (11.200) finished up rings for Iowa heading to vault.
On vault, Iowa had all scorers achieve a 14.000 or higher, their best event of the night. Will Albert led the team again scoring a 14.550. He was followed closely by Andrew Botto (14.400), Dylan Ellsworth (14.300), Matt Loochtan (14.300), and Brandon Field (14.250).
Parallel bars was next for the Hawkeyes. Cyrus Dobre-Mofid (14.350) led Iowa again. Lance Alberhasky (13.850), Dylan Ellsworth (13.400), Emmanuel Monroy (12.900), Matt Loochtan (12.550), and Jack Boyle (11.600) wrapped up the event for Iowa.
Finally, Iowa ended their night on high bar. Cory Paterson led the team with a 15.100. Lance Alberhasky finished with a 14.700 followed by a 14.100 from Del Vecchio Orozco, 13.900 from Jack Boyle, 13.100 from Cyrus Dobre-Mofid and Austin Hodges ended the meet with a 13.000.
In the team standings Iowa finished fourth behind winner Illinois, Ohio State, Michigan. UIC and Minnesota rounded out the event.
Head coach JD Revie was pleased with how his team performed in their first meet of the season.
“I’m pretty content with how they performed,” Reive said. “It was a really good learning opportunity. We’re fit, but we need to learn to control the nerves. As a freshman, I thought Austin Hodges did really well in his first real college meet. Overall, this is the best I’ve felt coming back from a Windy City Invite. We showed we are in the hunt with other schools but there is work to do.”
The Hawkeyes welcome UIC next weekend at Carver Hawkeye Arena beginning at 7:00 p.m. (CT)