Jan. 14, 2012
Army vs. Penn State Results
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
The Penn State men's gymnastics team, ranked No. 6 in the GymInfo Preseason Coaches' Poll and third in the Big Ten by a vote of the conference coaches, swept all six team and individual events en route to defeating No. 14 Army, 349.8-321.6, in the season opener for both teams Saturday evening at Rec Hall.
Junior Garrek Hojan-Clark, the defending ECAC pommel horse champion, was runner-up in that event with a 14.5, just 4/10s of a point behind Penn State winner Tony Beck. Senior Chase Brown tied Nittany Lions' Parker Raque and Matthew Felleman for third-place honors on vault with 14.3s to trial Penn State leader Mackenize Dow's 14.7. Brown also turned in Army's top score on floor exercise (14.2) where he tied for fourth place.
Freshman Alex Ganz topped the Black Knights on parallel bars in his first collegiate meet with a 13.8 to finish fourth, edging junior teammate Ikaika Jakub (13.6) for that spot. Ganz, competing in four events, recorded Army's second- highest score on still rings (13.5) to finish sixth, trailing junior Jared Breeden's 14.1. Penn State winner Scott Rosenthal broke the school record on rings with a 16.3.
Senior team captain Jonathan Hoey was Army's top performer on high bar, authoring a 13.3 followed by sophomore Andrew Avelino, competing for the first time at the collegiate level, with a 13.2.
Freshmen Jeremy Cahill and MikeTserkovnyuk competed in three events in the opener. Cahill turned in his highest score of 13.3 on floor exercise and Tserkovnyuk's 13.5 was recorded on parallel bars.
"I felt the team did a decent job tonight," said Army head coach Doug Van Everen. "We had our highest hit percentage in our first meet of the season that I can remember.
"Penn State dominated still rings (outpointed Army 61.2-53.1) and we did not do well on floor exercise, but we are better than last year and we are moving forward."
Army will be idle until Jan. 27-28 when it hosts the annual West Point Open. Penn State is the defending champion and will be challenged by the Black Knights, Temple, Springfield, Navy, along with Arizona State and SUNY-Brockport. Army's Hoey is the defending pommel horse champion.