Feb. 15, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Six different Falcons accounted for first-place finishes, as the ninth-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics picked up a team title at the Temple Triangular on Saturday, Feb. 15, in Philadelphia. Competing in its second meet is as many nights, Air Force (424.550) claimed easy victories over No. 17 Illinois-Chicago (403.550) and No. 16 Temple (402.500).
Backed by a 14.800 from senior Ben Zaiser, the Falcons swept the top-six scores on the floor exercise. Junior Nick Gaudlip scored a season-best 14.650 to take second, while sophomore Denis Aurelius placed third with a season-best 14.600. Junior Josh Ramos added a fourth-place score of 14.400, while freshman Aaron Nubine (14.250) and senior Patrick Duffy (14.200) rounded out the sweep with fifth- and sixth-place finishes.
Air Force claimed four of the top-five scores on the pommel horse, still rings and high bar.
Senior Nick Owen finished first on the pommel horse with a score of 14.350, while junior Jon Spiro finished second with a 14.300. Junior Greg Chaput placed fourth with a 14.200 and Ramos matched his season-best score of 13.600 to finish fifth. Senior Tyler Huebner won the rings with a 14.700, while Spiro and Aurelius finished second (14.450) and third (14.300), respectively, and junior Gared Chapman finished fifth with a 13.750. Scoring a career-best 14.850, freshman Chase Cannon paced the Falcons to the top-three placements on the high bar, as Skyler Awisus scored a personal-best 14.600 to finish second and Gaudlip took third with a 14.200. Ramos rounded out the near-sweep with a fifth-place score of 13.800.
Aurelius picked up an event title of his own, equaling his season-best of 14.600 to win the vault. He joined Zaiser (second, 14.450) and sophomore Josh Pyne (fourth, 14.300) in the top-third of the overall standings. Chaput rounded out the Air Force finish at the top of the leader board, as he scored a season-best 14.700 to finish first on the parallel bars. Gaudlip finished second with a 14.000, while Cannon recorded a 13.900 in his collegiate debut to finish third.
Air Force is off from team competition next week, as Gaudlip and freshman Tim Wang head to Las Vegas for the annual Winter Cup Challenge. Action begins with the preliminary rounds on Thursday, Feb. 20.