Men's Gymnastics Falls To Golden Gophers

Joseph Hodges
Joseph Hodges

Jan. 21, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The UIC men's gymnastics team (1-5) claimed the top score in the floor exercise with 57.300 points to Minnesota's 57.000 score, but the Flames dropped 339.400-321.300 to the Golden Gophers Saturday inside the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn.

"It is always difficult to hit the road, especially early in the season" head coach Charley Nelson said. "I thought we took a nice step forward today. The Windy City saw some difficulties on the vault and high bar, but both events were greatly improved today. Unfortunately, we took a bit of a step back on the parallel bars. I would attribute the problems on the parallel bars to the earliness of the season that the guys are worn down by the final rotation."

Junior Dan Zerbel (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) posted the top overall score in the floor routine with a 15.300, while junior Keith Lage (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) scored a 14.600 in the event.

The Flames claimed a 49.400 score in the pommel horse, and were led by Lage with a 12.500. The Golden Gophers posted a 51.900 in the event, and would go on to defeat the Flames in the remaining two rotations.

Minnesota topped UIC in the rings, 56.400-53.200, then 59.800-56.900 on the vault. Junior David Ishida (Woodbridge, Calif./Lodi) led the Flames on the rings with a 13.600 score, while freshman Kyle Christiansen (Kenosha, Wis./Westosha) claimed a 14.200 to lead UIC on the vault.

In addition to Zerbel's top floor score, he claimed the top UIC score in the parallel bars with a 14.700 and the high bars with a 13.800, but the Flames came up short in both events as the Golden Gophers scored a 57.000 to UIC's 51.300 on the parallel bars and a 57.300 to the Flames squad 53.200.



The Flames return to action Sat., Jan. 28 at 5:00 p.m. (CT) against Kentucky inside the Physical Education Building in Chicago, Ill.