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Matt Cohen
Matt Cohen

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Agoura Hills, Calif.

High School:
San Ramone

Height:
5-5

Position:
AA

Experience:
SR


Penn State Career

2006: One of the Penn State's top rings performers in 2006, Cohen tied for first place in the event at Ohio State (9.550), took second at the West Point Open (9.350) and California (9.550), and placed third versus William & Mary (9.200)...Improved throughout the season as an all-around competitor, placing second against William & Mary (52.35) and Ohio State (50.350) and third at California (51.275)...Recorded career high scores on the high bar (8.800) and in the all-around (52.350)...Finished the 2006 season ranked nationally 15th on the still rings (9.260) and ninth in the all-around (50.185)...A 2006 Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

2005: Competed in every event at some point throughout the season...Had two second-place finishes (vs. Army and William & Mary), both in the all-around, both with career-high scores of 52.250...Established career-high marks in the floor exercise (8.850 vs. Army), on the rings (9.650 vs. William & Mary), on the vault (9.200 at West Point Open), on the parallel bars (9.175 at NCAA Team Championships), and on the high bar (8.500 at the Big Ten Championships)...Tied for eighth in the team championship (9.550) and placed eighth in the event finals (9.487) on the rings at the Big Ten Championships...Placed seventh at the NCAA Qualifier (9.450) and tied for 13th at the NCAA Team Championships (9.600) on the rings...Scored above 9.000 in eight of nine meets on the rings...Season average on the rings was 9.256...Season average in the all-around was 50.110...Honored on the Academic All-Big Ten and All-American teams.

2004: Competed in 11 meets this season for the Nittany Lions, always appearing in the rings line-ups in those meets...Finished tied for third on the floor exercise, his only top three finish, on Jan. 10 against Army with a 8.500 in the Lions' season opener...Set his career high, an 8.800, on the floor at Michigan on Jan. 23...Set a career high on the pommel horse on Jan. 30 at the West Point Open with a score of 8.300...Set a career high on the still rings with a score of 9.050 on Jan. 23 against Michigan...Set a career high on the vault on Feb. 28 against William & Mary with a score of 8.950.

Background
Cohen attended San Ramone High School...He finished ninth in the all-around, and third on rings and vault at nationals his sophomore year...He was a U.S. Championship qualifier both his junior and senior seasons.

Personal
The son of Dennis and Doris Cohen...Matthew Glenn Cohen was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on May 5, 1985...Has a brother, Tony and a sister Emily...Majoring in Philosophy.

Quoting Coach Jepson
"What can I say about Matt. He has done everything necessary and then some to get to the level he is at. He is not necessarily the most talented performer, but he is one of the hardest workers we have ever had at Penn State. And it shows in how he had progressed. He will be one of the better rings performers in the country this year. He is very solid and consistent; just the type of things you would expect from a senior leader. His continued progress and his experience will be huge in terms of our success this year."

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