March 4, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The 11th-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics completed its regular season sweep of No. 14 Illinois-Chicago with a 337.300-332.400 victory on Sunday, March 4. In the final regular season competition at the Academy, the Falcons collected four event titles, en route to their third-highest team total of the season.
Air Force claimed the top five scores on the high bar during their second-best overall performance of the year. Junior Tory Brown scored a 14.200 to win the event, while freshman Josh Ramos and sophomore Mac Ritchie tied for second with matching marks of 14.000. Freshman Corbin Palmer finished fourth, while junior James Okamoto tied for fifth with a mark of 13.600.
Senior Devin Menefee collected a pair of event titles for Air Force, as he scored a 14.600 to win the still rings and tied for the top spot on the vault with a career-best score of 14.700. Freshman Gared Chapman tied for second with a score of 14.500 on the rings, while sophomore Tyler Huebner and freshman Jon Spiro placed fourth (14.300) and fifth (14.200), respectively. Sophomore Ben Zaiser finished fifth on the vault (14.300), while Palmer and Chapman tied for sixth with matching marks of 14.200.
In addition to his runner-up performance on the pipe, Ramos won the parallel bars with a score of 14.200. He was one of four Falcons to place within the top half of the field on that event, as freshman Greg Chaput placed third (13.900) and classmate Skyler Awisus tied for fourth (13.800). Palmer also added a top-six mark on that event, placing sixth with a score of 13.500.
Okamoto won the pommel horse with a score of 14.200, while Chaput tied for second (13.900) and Palmer finished fifth (13.400).
Freshman Nick Gaudlip was the Falcons' top scorer on the floor exercise, placing second with a score of 14.600. Ramos and Okamoto finished fourth (14.300) and fifth (13.900), respectively, on that event behind Gaudlip.
Air Force returns to action on Friday, March 9, when it travels to Tempe, Ariz., to face Arizona State.