The eighth-ranked University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team returns home on Saturday to host No. 9 Ohio State at 12 p.m. (CT). The event will be streamed on the Big Ten Network. 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).
BROWN EARNS B1G FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
• Brown placed third on vault (14.050) and third on parallel bars (13.800).
• His scores contributed to Iowa’s season-high team score, 408.250, to defeat No. 3 Michigan on the road.
• This is Brown’s first honor of his career.
• Brown is Iowa’s second Big Ten Freshman of the Week this season, after teammate Evan Davis earned the honor after the Winter Cup (2/19).
HAWKEYES DOWN NO. 3 MICHIGAN
• Iowa bested its team high score to defeat the Wolverines 408.250-408.000.
• Sophomore Bennet Huang led the Hawkeyes, earning two career-high and two season-high scores, including: floor (14.900), pommel horse (13.800), high bar (13.500), and in the all-around (82.400).
• Senior Jake Brodarzon placed second on vault (14.100), second on parallel bars (13.950), and tied his season-best score on rings to place third (14.050).
• The Hawkeyes earned season-best scores on floor (68.700), pommel horse (67.100), and high bar (67.300).
• This victory moved Iowa up four spots in the Big Ten (3rd) and two nationally (8th).
SENIORS SIGN OUT
•Seniors Jake Brodarzon, Rogelio Vazquez, and Kevin Johnson are going to compete in their last dual-meet at Carver-Hawkeye arena.
•The three seniors will be honored after Saturdays meet.
•Brodarzon leads the Hawkeyes with team-high scores on two events including: rings (14.150) and parallel bars (14.300). Vazquez led the Hawkeyes on parallel bars (13.900) against No. 1 Oklahoma and on high bar (13.500) against Minnesota and UIC. Johnson leads Iowa with a team-high score on pommel horse (14.000).
HUANG TAKES VAULT TITLE
• Huang earned a 14.400 on vault to take the crown against the second-ranked vault team in the nation.
• The sophomore earned a career-high 14.900 to place second on floor. He also earned season bests on pommel horse (13.800) and high bar (13.500) to place second and seventh, respectively.
• Huang posted a career-best all-around score of 82.400 to place second. He is now ranked seventh nationally in the all-around competition.
• He ranks 14th nationally on floor, 22nd on pommel horse, and 20th on vault.
IN THE RANKINGS
The Hawkeyes are ranked third in the Big Ten and eighth in the nation. As a team, the Hawkeyes are ranked sixth nationally on high bar and rings, seventh on pommel horse, eighth on high bar, and ninth on vault.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
• Ohio State is ranked ninth nationally. They are ranked sixth on rings, parallel bars, and pommel horse, seventh on vault, 10th on floor, and 14th on high bar.
• The Buckeyes return All-American senior Alec Yoder. Yoder placed third in the all-around competition at the 2018
• Yoder also earned All-America status on pommel horse (4th) and parallel bars (7th). Yoder currently leads the team with team-high scores on pommel horse (14.900) and parallel bars (14.850). He ranks third nationally on pommel horse.
• Senior Joey Bonanno leads the Buckeyes on floor, ranking 19th nationally and holding the season-high score 14.400.
• Sophomore Max Andryuhschenko ranks 16th on rings, leading the Buckeyes with a season-high, 14.200, on the apparatus.
• Ohio State’s season-high team score came against Penn State on March 2, scoring 413.150. Their season-low score came against the top-ranked Sooners with 395.400.
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. Tickets may be pre-ordered through www.HawkeyeSports.com or by contacting the University of Iowa Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-424-2957. During the Championships, tickets can be purchased inside the North Entrance of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Please contact the Iowa Athletics Ticket Office for more information. All-Session tickets are $10 (or $7 with a group of 20 or more) and single-session tickets are $7 (or $4 with a group of 20 or more).
Iowa travels to Minneapolis, Minnesota to compete against the University of Minnesota and Penn State on Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. (CT).