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Feb. 25, 2016

PENN STATE vs. IOWA / NEBRASKA

Saturday, Feb. 27 | 2 p.m.

Carver Hawkeye Arena

Iowa City, Iowa

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Feb. 25, 2016

PENN STATE TRAVELS FOR TRI-MEET AGAINST IOWA AND NEBRASKA
The Penn State men’s gymnastics team will travel to Iowa City, Iowa for a Big Ten Conference meet against the Hawkeyes of Iowa and the Cornhuskers of Nebraska Saturday, Feb. 27. The Nittany Lions and the Hawkeyes square off at 2 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT SCORING AFTER WINTER CUP
Prior to the 2016 Winter Cup, six gymnasts could compete with only the top five scores counting. Now that the teams are mid-way through the 2016 campaign, they will start competing in Championship format where only five gymnasts will compete with all five scores counting toward the team score.

SERIES HISTORY WITH IOWA
Penn State owns the 13-8-1 advantage over Iowa, defeating the Hawkeyes the last four times the two teams have met up. The Nittany Lions have not fallen to Iowa since the 1998 campaign when they dropped a 228.400-226.150 decision to the Hawkeyes at Michigan.
    Last season, the Blue and White earned a decisive 440.800-435.750 victory over Iowa, grabbing four event titles on the afternoon. Then-junior Alexis Torres led the Nittany Lions with event titles in the all-around and the still rings.

SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES
Iowa currently ranks seventh nationally with a season-best score of 431.800 at UIC, Jan. 24. Senior Doug Sullivan leads the Hawkeyes on the pommel horse, ranking 12th nationally with a season-high 15.400, while three Iowa gymnasts rank in the top-15 on the still rings. Matthw Loochtan leads the trio with a 15.200 to rank 10th and Jack Boyle ranks 11th with a 15.250. Junior Andrew Botto rounds out the trio, ranking 12th with a season-best 15.200 on the still rings.
    Boyle has had an impressive season for the Hawkeyes on the high bar, tying for first nationally with a season-best 15.300 and holding an average score of 14.500 on the apparatus.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST IOWA
After competing six gymnasts with only five scores counting for most of the season, the Penn State men’s gymnastics team began competing in the Championship format with five gymnasts on each apparatus and all five scores counting. The No. 4 Nittany Lions distanced themselves early against No. 7 Iowa in a 440.800-435.750 victory on Friday night inside of Rec Hall. Following the meet, Penn State honored its five seniors.
    In the first rotation for Penn State, the floor exercise, the Nittany Lions grabbed four out of the top five spots. Freshman Thad Lawson led the way with a score of 15.700. Junior Alexis Torres was close behind with a score of 15.400. With the first rotation in the books, Penn State held a 75.500-71.300 lead over Iowa.
    After a rough outing at the Winter Cup, senior Craig Hernandez bounced back with a score of 15.250 to finish first in the pommel horse. Torres posted another second-place finish on the event with his mark of 15.000. After the second rotation, the Nittany Lions led 147.000-144.650.
    In the third rotation for Penn State, the still rings, the Nittany Lions grabbed three out of the top five spots. Torres recorded a career-best mark of 16.000 to capture the still rings title. Torres’ mark in the still rings is tied for sixth all-time. Also in the still rings, Trevor Howard finished second (15.500) and Tristan Duverglas placed third (15.000). After the third rotation, the Nittany Lions led 222.200-217.250.
    In the fourth rotation for Penn State, the vault, the Nittany Lions grabbed three of the top five spots. Freshman Quest Hayden tied for first with his mark of 14.950. Lawson recorded a 14.750 to tie for third and Duverglas posted a score of 14.550 to finish fifth. The Nittany Lions held a 295.350-291.600 lead after the fourth rotation.
    Iowa’s Cyrus Dobre-Mofid won the parallel bars, but the Nittany Lions nabbed spots two through five. Leroy Clarke, Jr. took second (15.200), followed by Torres (15.100), Hayden (15.000) and Duverglas (14.750). Heading into the final rotation for Penn State, the high bar, the Nittany Lions held a 370.050-363.450 lead over the Hawkeyes.
    In the high bar, Torres and Clarke, Jr., led the way with their third- (14.650) and fourth- (14.500) place finishes, respectively. The Hawkeyes edged the Nittany Lions, 71.850-70.750 in the high bar event.
    Torres’ score of 90.550 in the all-around moves him into eighth all-time in the Penn State record books.

SERIES HISTORY WITH NEBRASKA
Penn State owns the 8-4-0 series record against the Cornhuskers, defeating them in a quad meet in the 2015 campaign. The Nittany Lions have won the last three meetings between the two teams. Prior to the 2000 season, Penn State and Nebraska went back-and-forth with one another with neither team being able to establish a streak against the other.

SCOUTING NEBRASKA
The Cornhuskers currently rank sixth nationally with a season0high score of 434.300. Nebraska’s Kyle King ranks sixth on the floor with a season-best 15.850 season high and a 15.433 average for the last three meets, while Ethan Lottman ties for ninth nationally on the pommel horse with a season-best 15.550 and a 14.967 in the past three meets.
    Nebraska’s best event comes on the floor where they rank fourth with a season-high 75.450. The Cornhuskers also rank in the top 10 on the vault with a season-high 73.600.

CLARKE QUALIFIES FOR EVENT FINALS AT 2016 WINTER CUP
Redshirt-junior Leroy Clarke, Jr. finished 19th on the pommel horse with a combined score of 27.850 Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Winter Cup Finals.On the final day of competition Clarke earned a 13.350 on the pommel horse, while grabbing a 14.500 to sit in 12th overall heading into the final day of the event.

THREE GYMNASTS COMPETE AT WINTER CUP
Leroy Clarke, Jr. placed 12th overall on the pommel horse with a 14.500, while coming in 19th overall on the still rings with a 14.100. The Maplewood N.J. native also placed in the top-20 on the parallel bars with a 14.050.
    Senior Trevor Howard tied for 10th on the floor exercise, but was just shy of qualifying for the event finals with a 14.450, while earning a 14.350 on the vault.
    Freshman Michael Burns competed in five events representing the Nittany Lions on the pommel horse (13.550), still rings (12.450), vault (13.550), parallel bars (13.200) and high bar (13.850). The freshman all-around competitor notched a career-high score on the pommel horse and made his first collegiate appearance on the vault.
    Also qualifying for the event finals were former Penn State men’s gymnasts Matt Felleman and Tristan Duverglas.

CLARKE RANKS IN TOP 10 NATIONALLY IN TWO EVENTS
Team captain Leroy Clarke, Jr. ranks in the top 10 nationally on two events for the Nittany Lions. The redshirt-junior currently ranks fifth on the parallel bars wih a season-high 15.250 and tied for sixth on the still rings with a season-best 15.300. Clarke has won three parallel bar titles and three-straight still rings title for the Blue and White.

NEXT UP
Penn State will compete in their final meet of its four-meet away stint Friday, Mar. 4 when it heads to Arizona State for a meet with the Sun Devils. The meet is slated to start at 9 p.m.
Penn State will compete in their final meet of its four-meet away stint Friday, Mar. 4 when it heads to Arizona State for a meet with the Sun Devils. The meet is slated to start at 9 p.m.


 

 

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