April 3, 2004
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Penn State Nittany Lions captured the 2004 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championship Saturday night, led by the performance of Luis Vargas, who claimed the NCAA all-around title.
Penn State (223.350) topped second-place Oklahoma (222.300) by nearly an entire point, while host Illinois finished third at 222.225. Ohio State (221.350) was fourth and Michigan (220.525) was fifth.
The Nittany Lions claimed first place in the parallel bars with a score of 36.850, and finished second behind Illinois (38.450) in the pommel horse with a 38.225.
Both the Buckeyes and the Wolverines walked away with two event wins on Saturday, with Ohio State claiming the title in the rings (37.600) and the high bar (37.900), while Michigan took the floor (37.575) and vault (37.750).
Vargas claimed the all-around title with a total of 56.475, beating out Stanford's Dan Gill (56.125) and Randy Monahan (55.725) of Ohio State.
Seven individuals representing the Big Ten finished among the top-10 in the all-around competition. Michigan's Justin Laury and Minnesota's Guillermo Alvarez tied for fifth with a 54.675 total, and Iowa teammates Linas Gaveika (54.375) and Michael Reavis (53.850) finished seventh and ninth, respectively. Michigan Geoff Corrigan (53.275) was 10th overall.
Gaveika tied for first place with Stanford's Gill with a 9.875 in the high bar, while Illinois' Ben Newman captured first in the pommel horse with a 9.775.
The top eight individuals in each event (including ties up to 10) advance to Sunday's individual event finals. The top-six American placewinners in Saturday's all-around competition and on each of Sunday's events will earn the title of All-American.