Men's Gymnastics Welcomes No. 6 Minnesota

Joseph Hodges
Joseph Hodges

Feb. 23, 2013

CHICAGO – Returning to competition after a three-week hiatus, the UIC men’s gymnastics team is set to host No. 6 Minnesota on Sunday at 1 p.m. (CT) at the Physical Education Building, marking the third meeting with the Golden Gophers this season.

"The team had a two weekend break and it is looking like it has paid," head coach Charley Nelson said.  "The first half of the season had us on the road with some long bus trips, and I think it took its toll.  The break has given us a chance to regroup and be ready for the stretch run."

The Flames last competition was against their opposition for Sunday, Minnesota, in addition to Nebraska, on Saturday, Feb. 2.  UIC placed third out of the competing teams, tallying a final score of 392.100.

Despite the outcome, the Flames were able to place their best scores in the top 10 of each event, with Lukasz Adamczyk collecting a second-place finish on pommel and Justin Maxwell taking fifth on rings and David Ishida coming in fifth on parallel bars.

Leading UIC this season is Bryan Pusateri on floor (14.400), Joseph Hodges on pommel (14.400), Maxwell on rings (14.700), Brett Valin on vault (14.650), Ishida on parallel bars (14.450) and Dan Zerbel on horizontal bar (14.050).  Hodges has also scored the highest for the all-around with a total of 80.850.

"The last time we were at home, we had a season-high score and I'm looking forward to trying to match that this weekend," Nelson added.  "As always, the Flames fans bring an energy to our competitions and the team definitely feeds off of that."