Penn State Men¡¯s Gymnastics Beats Temple, 213.225-206.975
STATE COLLEGE, Pa.; February 14, 2004- No. 5 Penn State downed No. 13 Temple by a commanding score of 213.225-206.975 on Saturday night in Rec Hall. Penn State senior Kevin Tan (Fremont, Calif.) won the all-around with a 53.700. The Lions¡¯ Chad Buczek (Bridgewater, Mass.) came in second with a 53.350. Penn State¡¯s women won their side of the dual meet as well, finishing with a 195.100-195.075 victory.
Penn State never trailed, despite an injury during warm-up to sophomore all-arounder Luis Vargas (Rio Pedros, P.R.). Zach Roeder (Montrose, Pa.) started off placing second on the floor exercise with a 9.150 and then took the pommel horse with a 9.825.
The nation¡¯s leader on the rings and the 2003 NCAA championship, Tan posted a 9.825 to remain undefeated on the apparatus this year. Tan also won the parallel bars with a 9.00. Penn State ended the night with Buczek placing first on high bar with an 8.600 to cap-off the action.
Temple managed two wins on the night, with Theo Maes taking the vault with a 9.400 and David Ramos winning the floor exercise with a 9.200, just edging Roeder.
Penn State¡¯s men and women travel to Ohio State this coming weekend for a 7 p.m. dual meet vs. the Buckeyes. The men¡¯s team returns home on Feb. 21 vs. William & Mary. That meet will begin at 7 p.m. in Rec Hall