Jan. 19, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Highlighted by three event titles, the seventh-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team defeated its service academy rival Army on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Academy. The Falcons improved their team's season total by nearly nine points to defeat the eighth-ranked Black Knights by a 414.200-408.100 margin.
Senior Tory Brown matched the Academy-record score of 14.750 to win the vault title, while sophomores Nick Gaudlip and Josh Ramos won the floor exercise (14.800) and parallel bars (14.600), respectively. Both Brown and Gaudlip tallied career-best marks during their event victories, while Ramos recorded a season-high mark.
All three of Air Force's event winners added additional top-six finishes to their performances. Ramos tied for the team lead (second) on the high bar (13.900) and took third on the pommel horse (14.000), while Brown finished second on the parallel bars (14.250) and fourth on the floor exercise (13.850). Gaudlip rounded out the trio with a fourth-place score on the high bar (13.550).
In addition, the trio also paced Air Force to three finishes within the top six of their respective events. Freshman Josh Pyne and sophomore Gared Chapman finished third (14.600) and fifth (14.300), respectively, behind Brown on the vault, while sophomore Corbin Palmer placed fifth on the parallel bars (13.600) and junior Ben Zaiser took sixth on the floor exercise (13.800).
Air Force claimed five of the top six scores on the high bar, as well as four of the top five on the pommel horse.
Ramos and sophomore Skyler Awisus paced the Falcons' presence at the top of the high bar leader board, with matching second-place scores of 13.900 (career-best for Awisus), while freshman Denis Aurelius and Palmer finished fifth (career-best 13.500) and sixth (13.100), respectively, behind Gaudlip's fourth-place mark.
With a score of 14.100, junior Nick Owen was the runner-up on the pommel horse, finishing second only to the national leader on that event. Ramos used a career-best tally of 14.000 to earn a third-place finish, while sophomore Greg Chaput scored a season-best 13.650 to finish fourth and Palmer placed fifth in 13.300.
Junior Tyler Huebner recorded a season-best 14.450 to pace the Falcons on the still rings, finishing second in the overall standings, while Chapman and Zaiser placed fourth (13.950) and fifth (13.750), respectively, with more season-best marks.
Air Force travels to Minneapolis, Minn., next Saturday (Jan. 26) to face the Gophers at 1 p.m.