Reive pleased with Windy City result

BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 17, 2011 7:10 AM

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The Hawkeye men’s gymnastics team took fifth place out of six teams at the Windy City Invitational at Illinois-Chicago, but first-year head coach JD Reive was pleased with the effort of his team.

“The expectation wasn’t to go out and win the meet — it was to compete well, and we did that,” he said.

The meet was won by No. 4 Illinois, while second-ranked and defending national champion Michigan finished as runner-up.

Sophomore Anton Gryshayev turned in the standout performance of the meet for Iowa, placing fifth in the rings and 11th on the vault — both team highs.

The high bar was singled out by Reive as a team strength at the invitational. It was the only event in which two Hawkeyes placed in the top 10, with senior Ben Ketelsen placing sixth and junior Javier Balboa placing eighth.

“We made a couple mistakes, but it is a learning process,” Reive said. “I’m happy with the way we performed.”

The Hawkeyes will return to action Saturday when Illinois-Chicago comes to Carver-Hawkeye Arena for a dual meet.

— by Ryan Murphy

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