March 2, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The No.14th-ranked Army men's gymnastics meet went right down to the wire with No. 13 William & Mary beating the host Black Knights 67.35-61.35 on high bar en route to overcoming a 3.9 deficit in pulling out a 411.35-409.4 decision Saturday afternoon at Gross Sports Center.
Army posted a 69.05 on parallel bars and the Tribe scored a 67.35 on high bar to enter the final rotation with the Black Knights leading 348.05-344.15 heading into high bar and William & Mary on parallel bars.
Freshman Michael York was the lone Black Knight to break into the top four scorers on high bar (13.4) as the Tribe swept the top three places, led by Neal Courter's wining mark of 13.9. William & Mary scored a 67.2 on parallel bar in its final rotation, trailing Army's mark in that event by 1.85, in pulling out the come-from behind decision.
"High bar was the difference today," said a disappointed head Army coach Doug Van Everen. "Historically it has been a tough event for us, and we just did not get it done. Had we done a reasonable job on high bar, we would have kept our win and drove on.
"You live and learn, but I can tell you the team won't let that happen again. The feeling of giving away a meet on the last event is not fun. We also had a couple of mistakes along the way, but we were able to bounce back from all of them.
"Next week we host Springfield and Stanford (ranked No. 5 in the country) so it should be a good meet for us, but we have some work to do on high bar and so forth, and we will be ready to go."
Freshman Jesse Glenn won all-around scoring for the fifth time this season with an 82.85. He was first for the second straight week on floor exercise after turning in a career-high 15.1 in shattering his former mark of 14.9, along with finishing second on parallel bars (14.45) and third on pommel horse (13.7).
Junior Kip Webber was first on still rings (14.95) and second on floor exercise (14.7), setting season highs in both, along with a third on parallel bars behind a career-high 14.3. Webber competed as an all-arounder for the first time this season, turning in an 82.1, which was just one-tenth behind the Tribe's runner-up Daniel Potemski.
Senior Garrek Hojan-Clark, ranked No. 3 in the country on pommel horse, rounded out Army's winners as the lone gymnast to score in the 15-point range in that event posting a 15.35, which is just 5/100s off his school record. Sophomore Connor Venrick was runner-up (13.8).
Army won three of the team events, floor exercise pommel horse and parallel bars, and William & Mary captured the remaining three - still rings, vault and high bar.
The Black Knights close out a four-meet home slate next Saturday (March 9) hosting a triangular on Senior Day.