IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team finished fourth at the Windy City Invitational on Saturday with a final team score of 393.100 inside the UIC Pavilion.
Three freshman – Carter Tope, Amari Sewell, and Reuven Anderson — made their debut for the Hawkeyes. Tope competed in the all-around and received an individual score of 75.550 for the six events. Junior Bennet Huang also competed in all six events for the Hawkeyes, scoring a total score of 80.400.
Michigan won the meet with a score of 400.00, followed by Minnesota (398.75). The Hawkeyes trailed a third-place UIC (394.200) by 1.100 points.
HEAR FROM COACH REIVE
“I’m pleased with the team’s performance tonight. They did the gymnastics that I expected and it kept the meet close.”
“Bennet (Huang) secured a spot in Winter Cup and Carter (Tope) had an impressive all-around performance in his first meet as a Hawkeye. We competed well, especially considering that we lost Nicholas Merryman during warmups. With Nicholas, Evan Davis, and Stewart Brown at full strength we will have a strong lineup. We’re looking forward to next week in Lincoln.”
The Hawkeyes earned a score of 64.600 on the floor. Huang led the Hawkeyes with a score of 13.500. Sophomore Noah Scigliano recorded a score of 13.200 followed by senior Brandon Wong with a score of 12.750. Junior Kulani Taylor carded a 12.650 for his performance and sophomore Alexander Walther finished with a 12.500. Tope collected a 12.000.
Iowa collected a total score of 63.250 on the pommel horse. Huang also led the Hawkeyes with a score of 13.450. Chung followed with a score of 13.000. Senior Mitch Mandozzi collected a score of 12.400 and sophomore Evan Davis earned an 11.700. Sewell made his debut on the pommel horse and collected a score of 11.100. Tope earned a 12.700.
The Hawkeyes finished with a score of 65.650 on the rings. Huang led with a score of 13.350 followed by Wong with a 13.250. Davis collected a 13.100 and sophomore Stewart Brown recorded a 13.000. Anderson collected a 12.950 during his first performance as a Hawkeye. Tope finished with a 12.100.
Iowa finished on vault with a score of 69.050. Mandozzi had the high score for the Hawkeyes (14.100). Huang finished with a 13.850 and Wong collected a 13.800. Scigliano recorded a 13.750 and Tope received a 13.550. Brown collected a score of 13.400 on vault.
Iowa started the meet on the parallel bars and recorded a total score of 65.200. Brown led the Hawkeyes with the high score of 13.750. Junior Bennet Huang followed with a 13.300 and Mandozzi recorded a 13.000. Tope made his debut with a 12.700. Davis carded a 12.450 and junior Andrew Helberg recorded a 12.150.
Scigliano led the Hawkeyes with a score of 13.050. Huang and Mandozzi both collected a 12.950 for their performances. Sophomore Alex Walther scored a 12.850. Sophomore Andrew Helberg put up a 12.600, followed by Tope who had a 12.500. Davis recorded a 10.050.
Tope was competing in the all-around for the Hawkeyes. In his collegiate debut, Tope collected an overall individual score of 75.550. Tope earned a 12.000 on the floor, 12.700 on pommel horse and parallel bars, 12.100 on rings, 13.550 on vault, and 12.500 on the high bar. Huang also competed in the all-around and scored a total of 80.400.
The Hawkeyes travel to Nebraska for their regular season meet on Sunday Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. (CT).