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Mar. 19, 2016
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Penn State men’s gymnastics team closed out its 2016 regular season campaign with a 431.650-420.700 loss to Michigan at Cliff Keen Arena Saturday, Mar. 19.
Senior Alexis Torres (Cantano, Puerto Rico) captured the lone event title for the Blue and White, scoring a 14.900 on the floor exercise to take home his fourth floor title of the season.
Dmitri Belanovski paced the Wolverines with three event titles including: parallel bars, high bar and all-around. Belanovski notched a 15.250 on the parallel bars, a 15.200 on the high bar and rounded out the day with an 87.100 in the all-around competition.
The Blue and White continued to struggle on the pommel horse despite Leroy Clarke, Jr. (Maplewood, N.J.) and Colin Coates (Emmaus, Pa.) tying for second in the event. As a team, Penn State scored a season-low 65.850 to start off its final regular season meet.
Moving to the floor, Torres led the entire field with a 14.900 to capture the title, while Joshua Smith (Baton Rouge, La.) placed sixth with a 14.150 for the Nittany Lions. Munn rounded out the top three scores for the Blue and White with a 14.050 and a seventh-place finish.
Trying to close the gap on the Michigan lead, senior Trevor Howard (Columbus, Ohio) tied for third on the vault with a 14.950 in the third rotation of the afternoon followed by Torres who placed fifth with a 14.850 for Penn State. As a team, the Nittany Lions notched a 73.00 on the vault before moving on to the still rings.
The still rings proved to be the highlight of the afternoon for Penn State as they scored a meet-best 73.600 led by Torres’ second-place 15.050 finish. Clarke nabbed his second top five appearance of the day with a 14.750 to finish fourth in the rotation.
For the third time in the afternoon, Torres paced the Nittany Lions with a second-place finish on the high bar, scoring a 14.650, while Michael Burns (Baltimore, Ohio) followed it up with a fourth-place 14.500 on the high bar. Clarke just missed a top five finish, notching a 14.250 for sixth overall.
In the final event of the day, Clarke nabbed his second silver finish of the afternoon with a 14.900 on the parallel bars. Junior Franz Card (Nashua, N.H.) rounded out the top five with a 14.450, just shy of a career-best.
The Nittany Lions will have a week break to prepare for the 2016 Big Ten Championships hosted by Ohio State, Apr. 1-2. Penn State is looking to capture its second-straight title and fourth in program history.