Army Falls To No. 5 Penn State In Gymnastics Opener

Freshman Joe Pritts

Freshman Joe Pritts

Jan. 11, 2014

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Army's gymnastics team fell to preseason No. 5-ranked Penn State, 431.9-410.3, in the 2014 season opener for both Saturday evening inside Rec Hall on the campus of the Nittany Lions. In spite of the loss, the No. 15 Black Knights scored over six points higher than they did at last year's meet.

Sophomore Jesse Glenn led the Black Knights with a pair of runner-up finishes in two of the six individual events en route to placing second in the all-around scoring with an 84.4. Glenn's career-high 14.9 on high bar earned him runner-up honors and denied Penn State from sweeping the top four places. He broke his previous high of 14.65 that he set in last year's opener against Penn State.

Glenn shared second-place honors on vault with Penn State's Tristan Duverglas after tallying a 14.7, which was just 5/100s off his personal best that he set last February.

Freshmen Joe Pritts and Sam Kusnitz shined in their first collegiate meet with Pritts finishing fourth on floor exercise with a 14.25 followed by Kusnitz' 13.9 in posting Army's top marks in that event. Juniors Connor Venrick and Mike Tserkovnyuk turned in Army's highest scores on pommel horse in finishing fourth (14.05) and fifth (14.0), respectively.

Sophomore Chris Short's 14.0 on parallel bars earned him fifth place with Kusnitz next at 13.8. Junior Jeremy Cahill finished fifth on high bar behind a career-high 14.15 with sophomore Michael York close behind in sixth (13.7) place, which was just 2/10s off his personal best.

Senior Kip Webber recorded Army's second highest mark on vault (14.2) to place sixth, and posted the Black Knights' top score on still rings (14.5) in tying for fifth place.

Penn State's Howard Trevor set the pace claiming four individual events (floor exercise, still rings, vault and parallel bars) and the all-around title (87.6). Army bettered the marks in three team events that it scored against Penn State in last year's meet behind a 69.0 in floor exercise, 66.8 on parallel bars and 69.4 on high bar that shattered last year's top mark (67.2) set at the ECAC Championships.

"This was a good performance for us," stated Army coach Doug Van Everen. "We made some mistakes, but on high bar, everyone hit, which is something we haven't done in six to seven years. Our mistakes in most cases was because of being aggressive. "Jesse posted a good all-around score (it was about two points better than he did at last year's meet) and did a great routine on high bar.

"All-in-all, it was a good meet in our first time in our new format, which was head-to-head with both teams competing in the same event," concluded Van Everen. "When you do that, it can be intimidating, but there were only a couple performances where our guys had trouble because of the pressure, and I was happy about that."

The Black Knights and Penn State will see each other next weekend as the Nittany Lions will be among the six teams competing at the annual West Point Open (Jan. 17-18). Temple won last year's title with Army runner-up when Penn State was unable to compete. The Nittany Lions, who have won the majority of titles in the 22-year history of the meet, will be among the top challengers in a field that also includes Navy, William & Mary and Springfield.

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