The ninth-ranked University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team hosts top-ranked Oklahoma on Saturday at 2 p.m. (CT). The event will be streamed on BTN Plus. Live stats will be posted on hawkeyesports.com.
Fans can follow online through live streaming and live stats. A link to both will be available on the Iowa men’s gymnastics schedule page at hawkeyesports.com. Fans can also follow along on Instagram (@iowamgym) and with live updates on Twitter (@mensgymiowa) and Facebook (/iowamensgymnastics).
HAWKEYES BREAK 400 IN HOME OPENER
• Iowa placed second with 401.600 points in its first home meet behind No. 6 Minnesota (406.400). UIC followed in third with 355.750 points.
• The Hawkeyes bested their season-high scores on rings (66.550) and parallel bars (67.350).
• Iowa was in first place after three of the six events. They Include: the first two rotations, floor (66.900), pommel horse (131.800), and after parallel bars (335.550).
IOWA SET OR TIED 20 SEASON BESTS
• Nine Hawkeyes broke 16 and tied four season bests, while four Hawkeyes broke seven and tied one career-best.
• Senior Jake Brodarzon earned season bests on floor (13.500) and parallel bars (13.400) and garnered two career bests on vault (14.450) and in the all-around competition (76.600).
• Juniors Andrew Herrador and Mitch Mandozzi both scored career bests on parallel bars, earning 13.000 and 13.750 respecitvely. Herrador also earned a season best on floor (13.400) and tied a season-best on rings (12.250).
HUANG LEADS HAWKEYES
• Sophomore Bennet Huang placed second in the all-around competition with a season-best all around score of 80.250, behind the 2018 NCAA all-around runner up Shane Wiskus (Minnesota).
• The sophomore is ranked 11th on pommel horse and 19th on floor nationally. He is also ranked sixth in the Big Ten in the all-around competition.
• Huang scored team-highs placing second on pommel horse (13.500), and third on floor (13.950).
BROWN CONTINUES CONFERENCE SUCCESS
• Freshman Stewart Brown crushed his season-best score on parallel bars by eight-tenths of a point, scoring a 13.900.
• He also bested his previous score on vault with a 13.950.
• The freshman led the Hawkeyes, placing third on parallel bars and tied with three teammates for seventh on vault.
HAWKEYES RANKED HIGH IN HIGH BAR
• As a team, the Hawkeyes scored 66.050 on high bar against No. 6 Minnesota and UIC, ranking them fifth nationally in the event.
• Senior Rogelio Vazquez led the Hawkeyes with a season-best 13.500 on high bar to boost them into the fifth-place ranking. He is currently ranked 16th in the nation in the event.
• Herrador is ranked ninth nationally and third in the Big Ten in the event with a high score of 13.750.
SCOUTING THE SOONERS
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 1 in the nation on Road to Nationals.
• They are ranked No. 1 in four events including floor, vault, rings, and high bar. They are ranked second on pommel horse behind Penn State and parallel bars behind Stanford.
• Their average team score is a 416.063, and their high score is 423.950 agianst Ohio State on January 26th.
• In 2018 the Sooners captured their fourth consecutive and 12th NCAA title, earning 414.858 points.
• Senior Yul Moldauer leads the team in high scores on floor (14.950), pommel horse (14.200), rings (15.100), parallel bars (15.000). Moldauer is the reigning NCAA champion on floor, vault, parallel bars, and in the all-around competition.
• The Sooners return four All-Americans. They include: Levi Anderson, Tanner Justus, Yul Moldauer, and Genki Suzuki.
• Head coach Mark Williams has led the Sooners to four consecutive NCAA Titles and 12 overall. Williams also led the USA Men’s gymnastics team to a fifth place finish and three individual medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
IN THE RANKINGS
The Hawkeyes are ranked seventh in the Big Ten and ninth in the nation. As a team, the Hawkeyes are ranked fifth nationally in high bar.
THREE ALL-AMERICAN SCHOLAR ATHLETES RETURN
Senior Jake Brodarzon, junior Brandon Wong, and sophomore Kulani Taylor were all named to the second team All-American scholars list. They each maintained a GPA between 3.200 and 3.499.
• Season tickets are available at hawkeyesports.com/tickets, by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS, or at the UI Athletics Ticket Office at the north entrance of Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
• Season tickets are $40 and all seating is general admission. Youth ages 18 and under and UI students receive free admission to all regular season home meets.
• Season ticket holders gain admission to five home meets at Carver-Hawkeye Arena against Minnesota and UIC, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Ohio State.
• Season ticket holders receive early entrance (1.5 hours prior to the start of competition at the west entrance) to all home meets, ensuring access to the Kids Zone, limited edition posters, and other promotions.
BIG HOME ADVANTAGE HOSTING BIG TEN’S
This postseason the Hawkeyes are set to host the Big Ten Tournament. The tournament is at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on April 5-6. Stay tuned to hawkeyesports.com for more information regarding tickets and promotions.
The Hawkeyes travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the Winter Cup Challenge on February 15 and 17.