Feb. 23, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Freshman Jesse Glenn captured the all-around scoring and was one of four Army gymnasts to earn medalist honors in the Black Knights' 414.00-407.05 defeat of Navy in the annual "Star" Match Saturday afternoon at Gross Sports Center.
The win is the first over the Midshipmen since 2010, and first home decision since 2007 as the No. 14th-ranked Black Knights stretched their lead in the all-time series over No. 15 Navy to 52-34-2.
"It feels great to finally Beat Navy again after two years of defeats," said Army team captain Ikaika Jakub. "We knew that Navy would not just give us the win, and that they would fight to beat us in our home, but our team really brought it all together, fought to the very last event, and secured a big victory for us."
Army captured four of the six team events, setting season highs on pommel horse (69.2) and parallel bars (69.5), along with winning floor exercise (71.3) and still rings (68.4).
Glenn was first on floor exercise with a 14.75 as Army went one-two in that event with sophomore Jeremy Cahill posting a season-high 14.45 in his second-place finish. Glenn, first in all-around (83.65) for the fourth time this season, was runner-up on still rings (13.8) and vault (14.6), and took third on pommel horse scoring a season-high 13.95. Cahill turned in Army's top showing on high bar with a 13.2, which was just 1/10th shy of the winning mark set by Navy's Eric Poletti.
Also earning medalist honors were senior Garrek Hojan-Clark on pommel horse, junior Kip Webber on still rings and freshman Chris Short on parallel bars (14.7).
Hojan-Clark won pommel horse for the fifth time this season with a 15.2, which is just 2/10s shy of his career and school mark. He closed out his career unbeaten against Navy in the annual "Star" match competition.
Webber beat the field on still rings with a 14.2 and Short turned in a season-high 14.7 on parallel bars for his first collegiate win. Webber and Short led one-two finishes in their respective events. Webber also placed third on parallel bars (14.15) and Short was fourth on still rings (13.5).
Freshman Connor Ezell was third on still rings (13.7), sophomore Mike Tserkovnyuk tied for fourth on parallel bars (13.7) and sophomore Connor Venrick took fifth on pommel horse (13.6) in rounding out Army's top scorers.
"Our guys did a great job today," said a smiling Army head coach Doug Van Everen. "We had a great hit percentage. It was a battle all the way through, but I was thrilled by how the team just stepped up and did it. It was a team effort all across the board.
"Today we got the job done and we have to continue moving forward. We have to get just a little better to win our conference, which is our goal."
It is the third time this season that Army has finished higher than Navy after placing runner-up at the West Point Open and at the All-Academy Championships.