ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The 10th-ranked University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team upset No. 3 Michigan, 408.250-408.000, inside the Crisler Center on Saturday afternoon.
Iowa bested its season-high team score. The Hawkeyes posted a season-high team score on floor with 68.700. Sophomore Bennet Huang posted a career-high all-around score of 82.400.
QUOTING COACH REIVE
It is always an accomplishment to beat Michigan, particularly when they are ranked third nationally, but to do it in Ann Arbor was very awesome. It was a great competition, very close through the entire meet. It literally came down to the last routine. They were fierce competitors tonight and pulled off an epic victory.
I am very proud of the team. That’s two consecutive weekends with great Big Ten wins, but still room for improvement across the team score with an improved hit percentage.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Huang led the Hawkeyes with a season-high 13.800 (2nd). Freshman Evan Davis and junior Nick Merryman also earned season-bests to place sixth (13.250) and third (13.700) respectively.
Huang and junior Brandon Wong garnered career-bests with 14.900 to place second and 13.700 to tie for sixth. Iowa posted a season-best team score of 68.700. Iowa took the lead over Michigan with 135.800 points after the second rotation.
Huang led Iowa with a 14.400 to earn the vault title. Brodarzon and Brown contributed 14.100 (2nd) and 14.050 (3T) to Iowa’s team score. Iowa trailed the Wolverines by one tenth of a point after the third rotation.
Senior Jake Brodarzon tied his season-high 14.050 to tie for third. Wong contributed to Iowa’s team score with a 13.750 to place fifth. Redshirt sophomore Tyler Ball contributed 13.600 to Iowa’s team score of 204.200. The Wolverines extended their lead to one and one tenth points.
Sophomore Addison Chung and Merryman both posted season-bests with 13.600 and 13.400 to place sixth and eighth respectively. The Hawkeyes took the lead after the fifth rotation, leading Michigan 340.800-339.300.
Brodarzon led the Hawkeyes, placing second with a score of 13.950. Herrador posted a season-best 13.200 to place sixth. Freshman Stewart Brown and Chung contributed 13.800 and 13.600 to the Hawkeyes’ team score respectively.
Huang posted a season-best 82.400 in the all-around competition. The sophomore took home the crown on vault with a 14.400. Huang earned a career-best 14.900 on floor and a season-best 13.800 on pommel horse (13.800) to place second on both events.
The Hawkeyes return to Carver-Hawkeye Arena on March 16 to host Ohio State at 12 p.m. (CT). The meet will air live on the Big Ten Network. Follow along on live results through the team’s schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.