Feb. 1, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa – The ninth-ranked University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team completed their first tri-meet of the season against No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 6 Ohio State inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena Sunday. Oklahoma (440.850) won the meet followed by Iowa (428.450) and Ohio State (422.600) finished third.
“They did a good job,” head coach JD Reive said. “I was pleased with five events, but I was not happy with high bar. That was an uncharacteristic event for us. Everything else was good. We got into rhythm, they did good sets, and made improvements.”
The Hawkeyes started on floor and were led by junior Jack Boyle who finished first for the Hawkeyes and seventh overall on the event with a 14.700 effort. Junior Cyrus Dobre-Mofid placed ninth overall with a 14.450, and senior Brandon Field finished tied for tenth with a score of 14.300.
In the second rotation, Iowa moved to pommel horse. Junior Doug Sullivan finished runner-up on the event with an effort of 15.000. Junior Del Vecchio Orozco placed ninth following a score of 13.900, and freshman Elijah Parsells finished tenth overall with a score of 13.700.
For the second straight week, Boyle led the Hawkeyes on rings with a runner-up finish (15.300) to Oklahoma’s Michael Squires. Junior Matt Loochtan followed in fourth place with a score of 15.050, marking Iowa’s best event of the day. After three rotations Iowa was in second place with a running score of 215.300.
The Hawkeyes continued with another strong performance on vault. Freshman Dylan Ellsworth led the team on the event, finishing tied for fifth with a 14.600 effort. Junior Cyrus Dobre-Mofid followed with a 14.550 tying him for seventh overall. Paterson set a new career high on the event with a 14.300 effort.
Iowa moved to parallel bars on the fifth rotation. Dobre-Mofid led the Hawkeyes with a score of 14.650, earning a fourth place finish. Ellsworth and Paterson set new career high scores with a 14.150 and 14.050, respectively, in the event.
The Hawkeyes kept their pace heading into the final event of the competition. Dobre-Mofid tied for third on high bar with a 14.650 effort, while sophomore Cory Paterson (14.400) finished ninth and Orozco set a new career high, scoring a 14.350.
The Hawkeyes head to Champaign, Illinois, on Feb. 7, for a meet against the Illini. The event begins at 4 p.m. (CT).