2005 Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Championships Preview
March 23, 2005
The 2005 Big Ten Conference Men's Gymnastics Championships will take place Friday and Saturday (March 25-26) at the University of Michigan's Crisler Arena. Illinois will be attempting to repeat as champions after winning the 2004 Conference title on its home floor with Penn State coming in second and Ohio State third. The Buckeyes recorded the top team score this season with 226.9 points. The Fighting Illini were second with a top team effort of 223.9 while the Nittany Lions were third with a 222.6.
Six Big Ten athletes are ranked fourth through ninth in the top scores in the nation for the floor competition. Iowa's Michael Reavis averaged a 9.683 on the season which puts him in fourth place in the nation. Reavis topped out at a 9.725 in 2004-05. Adam Pummer of Illinois is fifth in nation at 9.650 with a high-score of 9.700. Ohio State's Randy Monahan - last year's all-around champion and Gymnast of the Year is sixth in the GymInfo ranking with a 9.617 after a top performance of 9.65. Chad Buczek of Penn State, Michael McNamara of Iowa and Steve Tobin of Penn State are ranked seventh, eighth in ninth with averages of 9.542, 9.525 and 9.483, respectively.
Penn State's Luis Vargas is ranked second in the nation with a 9.767 average and recorded a top score of 9.8 in 2004-05. The Fighting Illini's Ben Newman is the third ranked tumbler in the event with a season average of 9.758 and a top performance of 9.775. Another Buckeye rounds out the Big Ten contingent in the tops of the event in the country. DJ Bucher topped out at 9.7 during the regular season while averaging a 9.658 overall for his freshman campaign.
In addition to Monahan, the Buckeyes will also have DJ Bucher and Cody Trobaugh in the rings to help give them some team points. Bucher is rated seventh in the nation at 9.717 after topping out at 9.85 this season while Trobaugh is tied for 10th in the country at 9.683. Tied for 10th is Ben Newman of Illinois - who finished third in the 2004 conference summit. Fellow Illini gymnast Tyler Yamauchi is ranked fourth in the rings at 9.792. Penn State's Luis Vargas and Minnesota's Clinton Mays also find themselves in the top 10 in sixth and eight with top average scores of 9.733 and 9.700, respectively.
Minnesota's Guillermo Alverez tallied a 9.592 this season to place himself third in the country entering this weekend's Big Ten Conference championships. Michael Reavis and Chad Buczek are fifth and seventh with top score averages of 9.550 and 9.525, respectively. Last season Reavis finished third at the Big Ten championships while Buczek finished sixth. Jimmy Whickham of Ohio State and Steve Tobin are tied for 10th at 9.450 points this season. Tobin was runner-up at the 2004 contest.
Geoff Corrigan of Michigan is ranked fourth in the nation with a 9.533 score average. The Maize and Blue senior scored a high mark of 9.6 in the regular season. Tyler Yamauchi of Illinois rounds out the top five in the nation with a top three score average of 9.483. Another Illini gymnast, Wesley Haagensen is also ranked in the top 10 with 9.400 points.
Luis Vargas of Penn State is tied for third with a 9.783 top score average and Justin Spring of Illinois is fifth with a 9.700. A junior, Spring was the runner-up to Ferris a year ago, while Vargas brought home a bronze medal in the event. Geoff Corrigan of Michigan, Michael Reavis and Linas Gaveika of Iowa and Tommy Ramos and Matt Bowman of PSU all find themselves in the top 11 in the nation entering the 2005 Big Ten championships.