Jan. 19, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Senior Garrek Hojan-Clark, junior Kip Webber and freshman Jesse Glenn claimed individual honors, but their efforts were not enough as No. 8 Army fell 414.2-408.1 to No. 8 Air Force as both teams set season highs in a men's gymnastics meet at the Cadet West Gym Saturday afternoon.
Hojan-Clark, ranked No. 1 nationally on pommel horse, did not disappoint posting his second straight win of the young season after besting the field with a 15.25 as the lone gymnast to top 15.0. Air Force's Nicholas Owen and Josh Ramos finished a distant second and third posting respective marks of 14.1 and 14.0
Webber captured still rings with a 14.55 (just shy of his career mark of 15.0) to edge Air Force's Tyler Huebner by one-tenth of a point for that honor. Glenn topped the field on high bar with a 14.45, shattering his previous high of 13.3, along with claiming all-around honors for the second straight week.
Glenn, one of the top recruits in the country, finished among the top three in five of the six events en route to scoring an 84.85 in all-around. In addition to winning high bar, he was runner-up on floor exercise (14.6) and vault (14.7), and was third on still rings (14.1) and parallel bars (14.2). Glenn set season highs in all of those events except vault, which was just 5/100s shy of the mark he recorded last week.
"The team competed strong and tough and were not intimated," said Army head coach Doug Van Everen. "I knew that today's meet would be a battle and that Air Force would be favored, and though we lost by six points, it shows that we are closing the gap in this rivalry.
"We struggled on pommel horse today ,which hurt, along with a few key mistakes on high bar that also made a difference and keep the meet from being closer. Pommel horse was the first event for us today and the team was jittery, but the big thing is that we have to go and get the job done."
Army outpointed the Falcons on vault, 71.55-71.15 and still rings, 69.15-68.4 in the team scoring and was just edged on floor exercise (69.5-69.0) as Glenn (14.6) and Jeremy Cahill (14.35) finished second and third in that event with Ian Howard's 13.85 tying for fourth place.
The Black Knights posted two of the top three individual scores on still rings with marks by Webber (first, 14.55) and Glenn (third (14.1) and split the top four spots with Air Force on vault. Glenn (14.7) was second and Ikaika Jakub placed fourth (14.4) on vault and Army went on to sweep the sixth through eighth spots in placing five among the top eight to trail 277.15-275.65 in the overall scoring with just two events remaining - parallel bars and high bar.
Army will be idle this week as it prepares for the annual West Point Open. The Black Knights finished third the past two years and will be in the hunt for the team title. Temple, Navy, Springfield, William & Mary, Arizona State and Brockport join Army in rounding out this year's field.