NORMAN, Oklahoma – The No. 9 University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team fell to top-ranked Oklahoma, 418.850-402.850, on Saturday. Iowa’s team score marked a new season-best.
The Hawkeyes won two event titles and recorded eight career-high scores, three season-best scores, and three team-best scores.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Pommel Horse: Senior Austin Hodges won Iowa’s first event title of the night with a 14.350 as the Hawkeyes recorded a season-high 67.850 on the event. Freshman Bennet Huang notched a career-high 14.000 and tied for third, while Dominic Tommasone recorded a career-high 12.800.
Floor: Huang (14.100) and redshirt senior Mark Springett (13.700) earned top-five finishes for the Hawkeyes, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively. Senior Dylan Ellsworth finished seventh with a 13.200, while sophomore Nick Merryman notched a career-high 12.750 and finished ninth.
Vault: Ellsworth led the way (14.200, fourth) as Iowa notched a season-high 70.200. Freshman Addison Chung earned a top-five finish, placing fifth with a career-best 14.150. Freshman Kulani Taylor and sophomore Brandon Wong both earned a career-best 13.950 and tied with Huang for ninth-place.
Rings: Junior Jake Brodarzon led the way, placing fifth with a 13.700. Springett followed in sixth with a season-best 13.600. Chung notched a career-high 13.300 and tied with Ellsworth for eighth.
High Bar: Hodges earned the highest Hawkeye score on high bar to date with a season-best 13.900 to finish third. Vazquez followed in fourth with a season-best 13.850. Merryman finished eighth with a career-high 13.300.
Parallel Bars: Ellsworth finished fifth with a 13.500, followed by Brodarzon in sixth with a career-high 13.200. Hodges (13.050) and Vazquez (12.600) rounded out the top-10, finishing eighth and 10th, respectively.
All-Around: Huang won the all-around crown with a 77.850.
HEAR FROM COACH REIVE
“It’s nice to come home from a long trip with an all-around champion and event winner. Confidence seems to be the missing ingredient, which is even more important now that we will be in a 5-up 5-count format for the rest of the season. The team is ready to get back in the gym and make some significant changes for our home meet in two weeks.”
The Hawkeyes head to Las Vegas to compete at the Winter Cup Challenge on Feb. 15-17. The event will be held at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Competition is scheduled to being at 3 p.m. (CT) on Feb. 15.