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Mar. 4, 2016
TEMPE, Ariz. – The Penn State men’s gymnastics team notched a 430.450-413.700 victory over Arizona State Friday, Mar. 4 at the Wells Fargo Arena.
The Nittany Lions captured the event titles in four out of the six events on the day, while posting season-high teams scores on the vault (74.450) and parallel bars (73.750).
“We were able to rest some team members and also gained some experience on some team members,” stated Head Coach Randy Jepson. “We performed much better tonight than we did last week and we seem to be turning a corner at just the right time. We are looking forward to sending our seniors off with a strong performance against Nebraska next Friday at home.”
Participating in just his second meet of the 2016 season, sophomore Quest Hayden (Harrisburg, Pa.) captured the pommel horse title with a career-best 14.450, while Christian McSwain (Jamestown, N.C.) placed third overall with a 14.350. Junior Leroy Clarke, Jr. (Maplewood, N.J.) notched a fourth-place finish and Benjamin Cooperman (Southborough, Mass.) rounded out the top five with a 13.950.
Moving to the floor, Arizona State earned their first title of the afternoon with Thomas Hansen scoring a meet-best 15.000, while Alexis Torres (Cantano, Puerto Rico) finished a close second with a 14.950. McSwain notched his second third place finish on the night with a 14.650 for PSU.
The Sun Devils captured their second event individual title of the night on the vault as Daniel Bronnenberg scored a 15.250 to edge out Joshua Smith (Baton Rouge, La.) , who posted a career-high 15.100 for a second-place finish. Senior Trevor Howard (Columbus, Ohio) placed third overall on the vault for the Blue and White with a 15.00, while Wyatt Tyndall (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) placed fourth with a career-best 14.950.
Clarke led the Nittany Lions on the still rings with his fourth title of the season, scoring a meet-high 15.000, while ASU’s Landon Fischer placed second with a 14.750 and sophomore Greg Tamargo (Kennett Square, Pa.) rounded out the top three with a career-best 14.300.
Freshman Michael Burns (Baltimore, Ohio) continued to be a leader for PSU on the high bar, notching his second title of the season with a 14.850, while Clarke followed behind with a 14.800. Finishing third in the event was junior Franz Card (Nashua, N.H.), scoring a 14.200 for the Blue and White.
Penn State earned its second season-best score in the final event of the night, notching a 73.750 on the parallel bars led by a first-place finish from Clarke. The win marked the second of the night for the team captain as he scored a 15.050 in the win. Torres placed second for the Blue and White with a 15.00 and Burns nabbed the third-place finish with a 14.700. Rounded out the top five were Card and Smith, who score matching 14.500s.
The Nittany Lions will be back in action Friday, Mar. 11 when they return to Rec Hall for their final home meet of the season against the Cornhuskers of Nebraska. The senior day meet is slated for 7 p.m. and will honor Howard, Torres and Blake Young (Winston-Salem, N.C.) in their final home meet donning the Blue and White.