IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team finished the meet tied with Illinois (403.050).
The last time Iowa had tied a meet was against Nebraska (432.450) on March 20, 2016.
Senior Mitch Mandozzi won the vault event with a score of 14.400. Mandozzi also earned a career-best score on high bar (13.750).
Senior Nick Merryman won the parallel bars event with a score of 13.800. Merryman scored his season best on rings (13.400) and tied his season best on high bar (13.200).
Junior Bennet Huang won the all-around and earned a career-best score of 81.300. Huang also won the high bar event with a career-best score of 13.850.
HEAR FROM COACH REIVE
“It happens but I think it’s been ten years. It’s never happened here. It’s crazy. The mathematical possibility of a tie happening is rare.”
“Individually we had great performances. That wasn’t enough. If you look across the board we counted four falls and some other things. We easily could’ve not been worrying about tying, so we need to fix a few things. Overall, the individual performances were what held us tight with Illinois. I’m proud of them.”
“In five-up, five-count, that changes the game completely for everybody. If you have a mistake you need to be able to handle that. Which, I think we did well. We just need to have a few less mistakes.”
QUOTING BENNET HUANG
“It’s definitely pretty uncommon to have a tie. The margins are small and to get it exactly like this was pretty crazy. We had some good sets and definitely have some stuff we can clean up, but it was a good tie.”
“Definitely the events that I’ve been weaker on for the past two years, I stepped up on today. It’s great to see progression. My better events I hope to do better on, but I’m pleased with today.”
“They’re a great team. I think we proved that we can be right with them, even with the mistakes we had. I’m sure they had their mistakes, but it really comes down to the day that we’re competing and doing our best and hitting our sets as clean as possible.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Hawkeyes garnered a 69.500 on the floor exercise. Junior Kulani Taylor had a career-best of 14.400. Sophomore Evan Davis and junior Bennet Huang both scored 14.000. Sophomore Stewart Brown earned a career-best 13.700 on floor. Freshman Carter Tope garnered a score of 13.400.
The Hawkeyes earned a team score of 63.500 on the pommel horse. Tope tied his season-best score of 13.250. Huang garnered a score of 12.900.Davis scored a 12.500. Junior Addison Chung earned a score of 12.400, respectively. Senior Nick Merryman scored 12.200.
The Hawkeyes scored 66.800 on the still rings. Senior Brandon Wong garnered a score of 13.750, respectively. Merryman scored his season-best of 13.400. Freshman Reuven Anderson earned his career-best score of 13.350. Davis also earned a score of 13.350. Huang garnered a score of 12.950.
The Hawkeyes collectively scored 70.250 on vault. Senior Mitch Mandozzi won the event with a score of 14.400. Huang and Tope both collected a score of 14.150. Davis garnered a score of 14.050 and Brown finished with a score of 13.500.
The Hawkeyes scored a team total of 66.000 on the parallel bars. Merryman won the event with a score of 13.800. Huang tied his season-best (13.450) on parallel bars. Tope scored 13.150. Brown garnered a score of 13.050. Mandozzi earned a score of 12.550. Davis scored 11.850.
The Hawkeyes finished on high bar with a score of 66.250. Huang won the event with a career-best of 13.850. Mandozzi scored a career-best score of 13.750. Merryman tied his season-best score of 13.200. Davis also garnered a score of 13.300. Sophomore Drew Helberg scored 13.150. Tope earned a score of 12.550.
Huang won the all-around with a season-best score of 81.300. Huang scored 14.000 on floor, 12.900 on pommel horse, 12.950 on rings, 14.150 on vault, 13.450 on parallel bars, and 13.850 on high bar.
Tope was second in the all-around with a score of 79.400. Tope scored 13.400 on floor, 13.250 on pommel horse, 12.900 on rings, 14.150 on vault, 13.150 on parallel bars, and 12.550 on the high bar.
Davis finished the all-around with a score of 79.050. Davis scored 14.000 on the floor, 12.500 on pommel horse, 13.350 on rings, 14.050 on vault, 11.850 on parallel bars, and 13.300 on high bar.
The Hawkeyes travel to Columbus, Ohio, to compete against No. 5 Ohio State on March 7 at 12:30 p.m. (CT).