March 8, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. - Highlighted by a record-setting performance on the parallel bars from sophomore Greg Chaput, the No. 11 Air Force men's gymnastics team defeated 18th-ranked Arizona State (420.950-414.900) on Friday (March 8) in Tucson.
The Falcons, who surpassed the 420-mark for the fifth-straight meet, claimed four of the six event titles, en route to its eighth victory of the season (8-4).
Chaput scored a career-best 15.250 to win the parallel bars title, breaking the Academy record that has stood for two years. The sophomore paced Air Force to the top-four finishes in that event, as they scored a program-best 71.700 points. Classmate Nick Gaudlip finished second with a career-best 14.500 (ninth all-time), while senior Tory Brown finished third with a score of 14.050 and sophomore Skyler Awisus placed fourth with a season-high score of 14.000.
Brown collected a pair of event titles for Air Force, winning the floor exercise and vault with matching marks of 14.800, while sophomore Jon Spiro collected the eighth-best score in Academy history (15.400) to win the still rings title.
In addition to his record-setting performance on the parallel bars, Chaput was the Falcons' top finisher on the pommel horse, as he finished second with a score of 13.950. Gaudlip provided Air Force's top placement on the high bar, as he scored a 14.200 to finish second.
Classmate Gared Chapman and junior Tyler Huebner tied for second on the still rings with matching scores of 15.000 (season best for Chapman, career best for Huebner), while freshman Denis Aurelius, who also finished second on the vault with a career-best score of 14.600, finished fifth with a score of 14.250. Awisus added a top-three finish on the high bar, tying for third with a career-best matching score of 14.100. Junior Ben Zaiser earned fourth-place finishes on both the floor exercise (14.150) and vault (14.350), while freshman Josh Pyne rounded out the Falcons' top-five finishers with a fifth-place score of 14.3000 on the vault.
After competing on the road for the last seven weeks, the Falcons return to the Academy this weekend for a pair of meets. Air Force will host Temple on Thursday, March 14, before wrapping up its home season against Washington on Saturday, March 16.