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Mar. 10, 2016
PENN STATE TO HONOR THREE SENIORS AGAINST NEBRASKA
The Penn State men’s gymnastics team returns to Rec Hall for one final home meet against the Cornhuskers of Nebraska Friday, Mar 11 at 7 p.m. The Nittany Lions will honor three seniors who have committed four years of time and dedication to the men’s gymnastics program. The three seniors include: Trevor Howard, Alexis Torres and Blake Young.
NITTANY LIONS SET TO APPEAR ON BTN
Friday’s meet against Nebraska will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network on a televised delay. The meet is slated to be aired on BTN Saturday, Mar. 12 at 8 p.m. Fans who do not catch the meet live on Friday will have the chance to watch all the action from Rec Hall Saturday night.
SERIES HISTORY WITH NEBRASKA
The Nittany Lions and the Cornhuskers will face off on the mats for the second time in the 2016 season but it will only be the first time in dual format. The two teams met in Iowa just two weeks ago for a tri-meet with Penn State earning the 424.000-423.300 victory over Nebraska.
PSU holds the 9-4-0 advantage over the Cornhuskers. Prior to the 2016 meeting, the Blue and White earned a victory over Nebraska in a quad meet during the 2015 campaign. The Nittany Lions have won the last four meetings between the two teams. However, prior to 2000 campaign, the two teams exchanged wins with one another with neither team being able to establish a winning-streak.
Penn State will honor three seniors in Friday’s meet against Nebraska. The three seniors include: Trevor Howard, Alexis Torres and Blake Young. Below is a brief summary of their four-year careers donning the Blue and White.
>> Trevor Howard: The Columbus, Ohio native is a three-time CGA All-American and a 2013 National Champion on the floor exercise. Howard finished fourth in the all-around in his junior season at the NCAA Championships and third on the parallel bars in 2014. The senior all-around competitor is looking for his third-straight Big Ten still rings title, having won the event the last two season and is an eight time individual event finalist at the NCAA Championships. Howard was named First Team All-Big Ten twice and was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2013. Finally, Howard holds the Big Ten record after garnering Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors eight times in the 2013 season.
>> Alexis Torres: The Cantano, Puerto Rico native is a two-time All-American for the Nittany Lions on the still rings. Torres has etched his name in the record books on four occasions, ranking in the top-10 on the parallel bars at Penn State (2nd - 15.700 and T7th - 15.400), while also tying for ninth all-time on the still rings (16.00) and eighth in the all-around (90.550).
>> Blake Young: The Winston-Salem, N.C. native has come back from injury to compete in four meets for the Nittany Lions in his career. Young carries a career-best 13.900 on the pommel horse and a 13.500 on the hight bar.
HOWARD NAMED NISSEN-EMERY AWARD FINALIST
Senior Trevor Howard was named one of six finalist for the prestigious Nissen-Emery Award announced by the Collegiate Gymnastics Association Tuesday, Mar. 8. The senior all-around competitor captured the NCAA National Championship on the floor exercise in his freshman season and placed third on the parallel bats in 2014 and fourth in the all-around in his junior campaign. Howard heads into his senior season as the two-time defending Big Ten still rings champion and a two-time First Team All-Big Ten honoree. Finally, Howard etched his name in the record book after winning the Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor on eight occasions in 2013. A media major, Howard has a 2.67 grade point average.
The Nissen-Emery Award is an annual honor presented to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in collegiate gymnastics. First awarded in 1966, the accolade honors the senior gymnast who has established a record of outstanding achievement throughout his collegiate career, while also maintaining a high standard of academic scholarship and sportsmanship.
Howard is the 28th Nissen-Emery finalist in Penn State program history and the fifth consecutive Nittany Lions finalist since 2012. A total of six PSU gymnasts have one on to earn collegiate gymnastics’ highest honor, including the most recent Penn State award winner, Casey Sandy, who captured the top honor in 2009.
CLARKE EARNS TWO TITLES AT ARIZONA STATE
Junior captian Leroy Clarke, Jr. captured two of Penn State’s four title at the Arizona State dual. The junior all-around competitor first earned his fourth still rings title of the 2016 season with a 15.000 before nabbing a 15.050 on the parallel bars for his fourth win of the year.
In all, Clarke has notched 10 titles in his junior season donning the Blue and White eight of which have come between the still rings and the parallel bars.
BURNS CONTINUES TO LEAD BLUE AND WHITE ON THE HIGH BAR
Freshman Michael Burns has proven he is a tough competitor on the high bar, capturing two titles, including a 14.850 against Arizona State for his second first-place finish on the season. The freshman has also expanded his events to pommel horse, still rings, vault and parallel bars after having just competed on the high bar to start the season. Most recently, Burns placed third on the parallel bars for the Blue and White against Arizona State.
PSU EARNS DECISIVE VICTORY OVER ARIZONA STATE
The Blue and White improved to 9-3 overall on the season after earning a 430.450-413.700 victory over the Sun Devils of Arizona State. The Nittany Lions notched season high scores on the vault and parallel bars with scores of 74.450 and 73.750, respectively.
Penn State grabbed four of the six titles in individual events with two wins from Leroy Clarke, Jr. on the still rings and parallel bars, a win from Michael Burns on the high bar and Quest Hayden notching his first event title of the season on the pommel horse.
Penn State concludes its 2016 regular season Mar. 19 when it heads to Ann Arbor, Mich. to take on the Wolverines of the University of Michigan. Meet time is slated for 1 p.m.