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INSIDE THE NUMBERS
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -The No. 6 Penn State men's gymnastics team opens their 2015 campaign Sunday as they host the No. 12 Army Black Knights at 1 p.m. inside Rec Hall. Their Sunday meeting will be 75th overall and the 13th straight year Penn State has hosted Army to begin their season.
2015 will mark the 24th season at the helm of head coach Randy Jepson. Heading into the upcoming season he currently has a record of 339-63 and has been named the National Coach of the Year three times (2000, '04 & '07).
The Nittany Lion squad is comprised of one fifth year senior, four seniors, two juniors, two redshirt sophomores, two freshman and ten newcomers. Senior Tristan Duverglas (West Orange, N.J.) will captain the 2015 Nittany Lions.
LAST YEAR VS. ARMY
The No. 5 Penn State men's gymnastics squad opened the 2014 campaign with a convincing victory against No. 15 Army, 431.900-410.300, on Saturday evening inside Rec Hall. Sophomore Trevor Howard (Columbus, Ohio) won four individual events, while redshirt-junior Nestor Rodriguez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) and junior Matthew Felleman (Medway, Mass.) helped the Nittany Lions sweep the individual event titles, winning the pommel horse and high bar, respectively.
Howard also took home the all-around title with a score of 73.250, winning the floor exercise (15.050), still rings (15.450), vault (15.000) and parallel bars (15.100). He scored 12.600 on the pommel horse and 14.350 on the high bar to close out his season-opening effort.
After missing the second portion of the 2013 season, Rodriguez made a triumphant return to the mat, capturing a first-place finish on the pommel horse by a score of 14.750. On the rings, he finished fourth, with a score of 14.900, while also finishing eighth on the high bar (13.500).
Felleman opened the 2014 season with another strong performance on the horizontal bar. The school record holder recorded a first-place finish in the event with a score of 15.550 for his fourth career title on the high bar.
Freshmen Jeremy Munn (York, Maine) and Dominic DiFulvio (Marietta, N.Y.) both made their collegiate gymnastics debuts against the Black Knights. DiFulvio highlighted the evening with a fourth-place finish on the parallel bars with a 14.100 mark. On the horizontal bar, he swung to an eighth-place finish, recording a 13.600. He also registered a 13.900 score on the vault, good for ninth place in the event. Munn, who competed in the floor exercise, posted a sixth-place finish, with a score of 13.800.
Ingvar Jochumsson (Kopavogur, Iceland) swung to a career-high mark on the still rings, recording a score of 14.500, good fifth place in the event. Jochumsson also notched and eighth- place finish on the parallel bars (13.600).
As a team, the Nittany Lions claimed the first five spots on the rings, featuring Howard, Tristan Duverglas (West Orange, N.J.), Alexis Torres (Catano, Puerto Rico), Rodriguez and Jochumsson. Penn State also captured the first four positions on the parallel bars, which included top performances by Howard, DiFulvio Leroy Clarke Jr. (Maplewood, N.J.) and Preston Gall (Columbus, Ohio).
Penn State leads the all-time series over Army, 55-18-1.
FOUR ALL-AMERICANS RETURN
The 2015 Nittany Lion men's gymnastics team will be led by four All-Americans. Craig Hernandez (pommel horse), Trevor Howard (parallel bars) and Alexis Torres (still rings) garnered All-America honors last year, while Matthew Felleman (high bar) garnered All-America honors in 2013.
PENN STATE TO HOST THE 2015 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP MEET
The Nittany Lions will host the 2015 Big Ten Championship Meet at Rec Hall on March 27-28. Ticket information will be available at a later date.
B1G PRESEASON POLL
The Penn State men's gymnastics team was picked fourth in the Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Preseason Coaches' Poll, as announced by the conference office. Along with the preseason coaches' poll, Trevor Howard (Columbus, Ohio) and Néstor Rodriguez (Guaynabo, P.R.) were selected as "Gymnasts to Watch" for the upcoming season.
NCAA PRESEASON POLL
The Nittany Lions enter the 2015 season ranked No. 6 nationally by the by College Gymnastics Association (CGA). Penn State received one first place vote.
THREE IN A ROW
Trevor Howard won the 2014 Big Ten still rings, marking the third year in a row a Nittany Lion has won an event at the Big Ten meet.
IT'S ALL ABOUT FAMILY
The Penn State gymnastics program is all about family and there is one special connection within the Nittany Lion family. Senior Sidney Sanabria-Robles transferred to Penn State after spending a season at LSU and one of the main factors in that move was being close to family. Sanabria-Robles competes for the women's squad, while her brother, Ismael Sanabria, is a part of the Penn State men's program.
JEPSON WELCOMES TEN
Head coach Randy Jepson welcomes ten new student-athletes to the men's gymnastics program for the 2015 season. Patrick Casey, Colin Coates, Benjamin Cooperman, Joe Fernandes, Quest Hayden, Thad Lawson, Quin Malm, Noah Roberson, Joshua Smith and Greg Tamargo are the ten newcomers to the Penn State men's gymnastics team.
The CGA has released its list of 2014 CGA All-America Scholar-Athletes, and the Nittany Lions were represented with one first team All-American Scholar-Athletes and five second team All-Americans Scholar-Athletes.
In order to garner first team recognition, student-athletes had to achieve a grade point average of at least 3.50 while members of the second team attained between a 3.20 and 3.499. The Blue and White placed 10th as a team in the NCAA and fourth among Big Ten squads with a combined GPA of 3.024. Adrian Evans led Penn State with first team Scholar-Athlete All-America honors as he had a GPA between 3.70 and 3.799.
Evans is a four-time CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete recipient and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. During the 2014 gymnastics season, Evans was named a Nissen-Emery Finalist, team captain, the recipient of the Ernest B. McCoy Award and the 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient.
Dominic DiFulvio, Preston Gall, Craig Hernandez and Ingvar Jochumsson all garnered second team Scholar-Athlete All-America honors as they tallied GPAs between 3.30 and 3.399. Franz Card also received second team Scholar-Athlete All-America honors with his GPA between 3.20 and 3.299.
Last year, Evans and Jochumsson were both named First Team CGA All-Academic Scholar-Athletes, while Gall and Hernandez were on the second team.
NEXT TIME OUT
The Nittany Lions travel up north to West Point, N.Y., for the West Point Open. The West Point Open is hosted by Army and will take place Jan. 16-17 with both meets starting at 7 p.m.