CHAMPAIGN, Ill — The University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team fell to No. 4 Illinois on Saturday in Huff Hall, 410.450-398.800.
Sophomore Bennet Huang and junior Andrew Herrador tied for first place on vault with scores of 14.550. Huang placed second and Herrador placed third in the all-around competition with scores of 80.150 and 78.700, respectively. Herrador placed second on high bar, scoring 13.750.
HEAR FROM COACH REIVE
“We had a good meet tonight. The overall team score improvement and marked individual performances were the result of a diligent week of training. After a stellar first three rotations we had some misses to contend with but the team managed it well. The intent is to continue trending in a positive direction and I am proud of their efforts tonight.
“We had four solid all around performances from Huang, Herrador, Davis and Brodarzon. Brodarzon finished runner up to the three-time B1G Ring Champion. Herrador and Huang tied for the Vault title. Mandozzi and Herrador finished out our night with great performance on Parallel Bars and High Bar finishing third (Mandozzi on parallel bars) and second (Herrador on high bar) respectively.
“We are continuing to show progress in the right areas, especially in practice, where it is most important. I am really looking forward to being at home in Carver next weekend and getting another consistent week of training in the gym. It’s a great team to be on the floor with and I am looking forward to our freshmen having their first experience competing in Carver Hawkeye Arena.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
Iowa started off strong with everyone in the rotation earning a season bests. The Hawkeyes were led by Huang who placed third, contributing the team high of 13.500 to Iowa’s overall score of 66.150 on the event.
Redshirt sophomore Tyler Ball competed for the first time as a Hawkeye scoring a 13.500 to place fourth on rings, while Huang garnered another season best, earning a 13.350, to place seventh overall.
Huang and junior Andrew Herrador led the pack, both notching scores of 14.550 to tie for first place. Each Hawkeye bested their scores from the previous meet, combining for an overall vault score of 71.050 – the team’s first score of 71 on an event this season.
Junior Mitch Mandozzi led the Hawkeyes scoring a 13.600, for a new career high, to place third.
Herrador and sophomore Addison Chung both earned season highs contributing 13.750 (2nd) and 11.900 (10th), respectively.
Huang led the Hawkeyes on floor with a 13.850 to place fifth and Freshman Noah Scigliano followed in ninth with a 13.250.
Huang placed second in the all-around with a season best 80.150 and Herrador finished third, contributing 78.700 points.
The Hawkeyes open their home slate on Saturday, Feb. 2, hosting Minnesota and UIC at 2 p.m. (CT) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tickets for the meet are available on hawkeyesports.com/tickets.