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The End of the “10”

The End of the “10”

Most of the men’s teams were lost during the era of the 10.0. The naïve interpretation of this picture is that open ended scoring actually halted the decline! The more likely answer is [...more]

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Karnes, Hong, Hale & Petrosyan Win Level 8/9 Junior Elite Titles

Karnes, Hong, Hale & Petrosyan Win Level 8/9 Junior Elite Titles

Once again, technical sequences were no equalizer in the Junior Elite finals, and the first day leaders easily hung on to win AA titles. 2016 Level 8 champion Joshua Karnes was a repeat winner as a 12-year-old. Karnes (139.75) had six top-4 placements, including the top scores on three events (FX, SR, HB) to win out over [...more]

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Wiskus, Briones, Huang & Juda Capture Level 10 JE Titles

Wiskus, Briones, Huang & Juda Capture Level 10 JE Titles

Shane Wiskus went wire-to-wire to defend his Level 10 Junior Elite title at the 2017 JO Nationals in Kissimmee, FL. The future Minnesota Gopher is now only one contest away from completing a grand sweep of all the major Junior titles over the past two seasons (JOs/P&Gs). Wiskus (143.85) clinched his second straight JE AA championship by compiling the highest scores in Saturday's technical sequences (56.25) in the 18-year-old division. His two-day total was over [...more]

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Karnes, Hong, Hale & Petrosyan Top Level 8/9 Junior Elite Qualifiers

Karnes, Hong, Hale & Petrosyan Top Level 8/9 Junior Elite Qualifiers

2016 JO Nationals Level 8 (age 11) champion Joshua Karnes is well on his way to a repeat performance in the 12-year-old division. Karnes (82.20) posted the highest scores on three events (FX-14.25, SR-14.55, HB-13.20) to lead the Junior Elite field after the first day of competition. His closest competitors going into Sunday's technical sequences are [...more]

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Men’s NCAA Gymnastics — A Love Story in 10 Chapters

Men’s NCAA Gymnastics — A Love Story in 10 Chapters

One night in August 2004, I turned on the TV to watch whatever Olympic stuff happened to be on at the moment (I had no idea in advance what that stuff was going to be). That moment happened to be the one where Paul Hamm fell on his butt in the men’s all-around. The announcers seemed to think he had no chance for a medal. Knowing nothing about the sport of men’s gymnastics, I had no reason to think they were wrong. But they were. Paul Hamm’s last two routines were like [...more]

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Wiskus, Huang, Briones & Juda Lead Day 1 at 2017 Men’s JO Nationals

Wiskus, Huang, Briones & Juda Lead Day 1 at 2017 Men’s JO Nationals

Many of the top NCAA Men's Gymnastics recruits made a big splash on opening day at the 2017 Men's JO Nationals. Shane Wiskus (age 18-Minnesota-87.60) and Bennet Huang (age 17-Iowa-85.80) are atop the leader board for the Level 10 Junior Elite Division after Day 1 for their respective age divisions. Wiskus, the nation's top-ranked Junior, is aiming to defend [...more]

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Growth of Men’s NCAA Sports Relative to Population Size in 1981

Growth of Men’s NCAA Sports Relative to Population Size in 1981

Yes, you read that right. Growth in the number of men’s NCAA sports teams. Most of them, that is. Some of this was due to teams migrating from the NAIA to the NCAA, but men’s teams have also been added. By far the largest growth has been in the sport of Lacrosse. Is there something the men’s gymnastics community can learn from Lacrosse? I believe there is. The Lacrosse community is concerned with adding teams, but some of their strategies could be applicable to preventing men’s gymnastics teams from [...more]

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Change in Population of Men’s & Women’s NCAA Gymnastics Teams (1981-2016)

Change in Population of Men’s & Women’s NCAA Gymnastics Teams (1981-2016)

"In the end, our society will be defined not only what by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy." John C Sawhill, president, The Nature Conservancy, 1990 - 2000. The graph shown below starts from 1981-82, as the data collected by the NCAA from 1956 until 1981 was not collected in the same manner as the post 1981 data and included recreational programs. The largest number of men’s gymnastics teams recorded by the NCAA between 1956 and 1981 was 124 in 1971-72. There is a discrepancy between this and the 200 plus teams that are said to [...more]

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Oklahoma Makes it 3 Straight; Modi Wins 2nd All-Around Title

Oklahoma Makes it 3 Straight; Modi Wins 2nd All-Around Title

The 2017 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships could not have been scripted any better. As expected, Oklahoma (431.95) won their third straight Team title, and a three-team dogfight for 2nd place was decided in the final rotation. Ohio State (423.70) overcame the adversity of losing a teammate earlier in the week to surge past Illinois (422.10) and Stanford (421.50) with a season-high 71.95 on VT. The Illini and Cardinal finished valiantly on [...more]

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Final 6 is Set; Oklahoma Leads Qualifying Field

Final 6 is Set; Oklahoma Leads Qualifying Field

The Final 6 teams are set for the 2017 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships. The qualifying teams are Oklahoma (430.60), Illinois (421.30), Stanford (420.45), Minnesota (420.10), Ohio State (414.65) and Nebraska (413.05). The day's top story came in the first session, won by Stanford. Nebraska earned a trip to the Finals for the first time since 1999. It was a well-earned reward for an inspiring team. After an early [...more]

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