Hawkeye men gymnasts fall short in Oklahoma

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 03, 2014 5:00 AM

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The men’s gymnastics team traveled to Norman, Okla., on Feb. 1 for its second meet of the season and had trouble with No. 1 Oklahoma.

The Hawkeyes lost, 444.30-430.600, but displayed its growth missing at the Windy City Invitational.

Sophomore Jack Boyle finished as the only Iowa gymnast to compete all-around with a score of 83.400.

Junior Mitch Landau finished the horizontal bar with a score of 15.200 and took the event, Iowa’s only win of the day.

Senior Matt McGrath and sophomore Matt Loochtan finished second and third on the rings.

Head coach JD Reive liked what he saw and, despite the loss, saw improvement.

“I felt that the guys did a fantastic job tonight,” he said in a release. “Our goal was to break 430, which we did. We still have a lot of things to work on, but tonight, we did the things that we are capable of doing, and I am just very proud of our team.”

The season is young, and Reive will continue to seek improvement.

The Hawkeyes will return to Carver for their first home meet Friday to take on No. 8 Illinois at 7 p.m.

— by Jack Rossi

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