Men's Gymnastics Downed By Big Ten Powers

Lukasz Adamczyk
Lukasz Adamczyk

Feb. 2, 2013

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MINNEAPOLIS - Lukasz Adamczyk took a team-best second-place finish on pommel horse, as the UIC men's gymnastics team fell short to No. 6 Minnesota and No. 9 Nebraska at the Sports Pavilion Saturday night after scoring 392.100.

"It was a rough night for the Flames," head coach Charley Nelson said.  "With long travel and four big weeks of competition,we are looking forward to having a few weeks off.  Our hit ratio was not very strong and the score reflected that.  It was certainly a tough competition tonight with two Big Ten teams, Minnesota wias very good."

Despite the outcome, the Flames were able to make their presence known amongst the contending gymnasts. Adamczyk, Justin Maxwell, Dan Zerbel, David Ishida, Brett Valin and Joseph Hodges led UIC in their respective events.

Adamczyk scored 13.600 to tie with Minnesota's Harris Coleman for second on pommel horse.  Maxwell's score of 14.200 was good for a tie at fifth on rings, as Zerbel came away with the best score for the Flames on floor with 14.300.

Ishida produced a score of 14.100 on parallel bars to take fifth place, while Valin tied his season best on vault with a score of 14.650, placing him at sixth overall, and Hodges tallied a 13.900 on horizontal bar for seventh.  Hodges also came in at second with an all-around score of 78.400.

Next on the schedule for the Flames is the Winter Cup Challenge, set to take place in Las Vegas beginning Thursday and concluding on Saturday, Feb. 9.