IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team fell to top-ranked Oklahoma 405.150-397.750 on Saturday in Carver Hawkeye Arena.
Junior Andrew Herrador and freshman Evan Davis placed first (78.650) and second (78.350), respectively in the all-around competition. The Hawkeyes bested 13 scores, including their season-high score on rings with a 66.900.
QUOTING COACH REIVE
“We had a less than stellar week in training. We were really great starting off and we kind of dipped. I was nervous thinking that pommel horse would be how the rest of the meet went. What I thought was great, though, was that even after we had that debacle, we started doing better on events that we haven’t been and finished on high bar, which was awesome. We had really good sets, really good landings, and we were able to have that presence mindset and make a mistake and do it again is really important.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Hawkeyes took the lead after the first rotation with 67.300 points. Junior Brandon Wong and Herrador garnered season bests with 13.300 (8th) and 14.050 (2nd) points, respectively.
Iowa completed the second rotation with 127.650 points, led by senior Kevin Johnson who placed third with a score of 12.850.
Wong earned a career-best 13.550 to place fifth, and sophomore Addison Chung garnered a season-best 13.450 to tie for sixth. Junior Nick Merryman competed on rings for the first time this season and contributed 13.200 points to Iowa’s season-high 66.900.
Sophomore Bennet Huang and Herrador both bested their career-high scores with a 14.450 (3rd) and 13.850 (11th), respectively. Wong and senior Jake Brodarzon both contributed 14.000 points to the team score to tie for seventh.
Senior Rogelio Vazquez registered a season-best 13.900 (2nd) to lead the Hawkeyes to a 65.850. Junior Nick Merryman followed with a 13.350 to tie for third with Davis.
Four Hawkeyes earned a season-best to contribute to the season-high team score of 66.700. Junior Mitch Mandozzi lead Iowa with a career-best 13.600 (3rd).
Herrador placed first in the all-around competition with a 78.650 and Davis followed in second with a 78.350.
The Hawkeyes travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the Winter Cup on February 15 and 17.