Jan. 17, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army gymnastics team visits Colorado Springs, Colo., to take on service-academy rival Air Force on Saturday at the Cadet West Gym in what could be one of the closest matches in the series.
The Black Knights (0-1) are looking for a strong showing after taking on a Penn State team whose winning mark of 447.85 in last weekend's opener earned the Nittany Lions the No. 1 spot nationally in this week's GymInfo coaches poll.
Army's score of 404.15 boosted the Black Knights to No. 8 in the country after listing No. 13 preseason, while Air Force's 405.5 composite in its third-place finish at the Rocky Mountain Open earned the Falcons the No. 7 spot.
Army senior Garrek Hojan-Clark turned in a strong showing in last week's opener as the native of Brookfield, Wis., earned medalist honors on pommel horse with a 15.4 that tied his school mark set last year. His performance earned him the No. 1 ranking in the country and selection as the NCAA Collegiate Gymnast of the Week.
Freshman Jesse Glenn turned in an 82.55 in the all-around scoring to rank No. 3 in the country, and his mark trails the top score of 85.20 recorded by Stanford's Eddie Penev. Glenn also lists tied for eighth on vault with Air Force's Josh Pyne and Gared Chapman as all three posted a 14.75 last week. Chapman and Pyne, who shared runner-up honors at the Rocky Mountain Open, tied Air Force's school record, while Army's Academy mark of 16.1 in that event is held by Kip Webber, who lists tied for 15th place (14.65) with the Falcons' Tory Brown.
Army and Air Force rank among the top teams in the country in all six events with the Black Knights ranked highest on pommel horse (68.7-66.9) and parallel bars (67.95-66.4). Air Force has a slight lead on floor exercise (69.75-67.75), still rings (67.75-67.45), vault (72.95-70.95) and high bar (61.75-61.35).
Army's Connor Venrick (No. 17 on pommel horse with a career-high 14.3) also broke in to the top 20 with senior captain Ikaika Jakub (13.85) and Alex Ganz (13.8) rated 24th and 26th, respectively, on parallel bars.
The Black Knights will be looking to post their first win over Air Force since taking a 198.05-185.80 road decision in 2007. Army fell 334.0-326.5 in last year's meeting at West Point.
Fans will be able to follow Saturday's dual with Air Force as the Falcons will have live video streaming of Saturday's dual by clicking this link http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/allaccess/?media=360885. The free video feed can be accessed by clicking on the camera icon on the schedule page of GoAirForceFalcons.com.