While the Nittany Lions may still be searching for a true difference-making event, they're still racking up wins. Saturday, in their home-opener, they topped the Black Knights for the second-straight week, 414.2 - 396.05. They once again got some rock-solid production from senior Dominic DiFulvio (AA - 82.6) and freshman Favian Valdez (AA - 79.8, B1G Freshman of the Week).
The more important stat might be that they saw just 2/36 routines (not counting routines done strictly for AA) score under a 12.75. The ability to avoid big mistakes spells good things for the Nittany Lions come five-up-five-count format.
Army took a bit of a step forward, 2.5 points worth, from their performance at the West Point Open. Much of that was to do with their nearly 4-point jump in production on high bar where they swept the top three spots. Nathan Goff took the title with a 14.05, Seth Cannon was second with a 13.95 and Leo Genders third with a 13.85. HB isn't usually a strong point for teams and could help Army qualify to NCAA's (as a team) after missing out last year.
UIC drops road meets to Ohio State; Iowa
A rare two-meet weekend for the Flames had them traveling to Columbus on Friday to take on the Buckeyes and Iowa City on Sunday for a duel against the Hawkeyes.
Ohio State ended up victorious in their home opener, defeating UIC 412.15 - 381.15. "I think we're doing well, maybe slower than usual," said Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov. "I'm giving opportunities to younger guys so they have a chance to prove themselves."
It seems many coaches are taking the "see what we've got approach" early in the year. Why wouldn't they? Other than some minor NCAA-seeding at the end of the year it's hard to argue that the regular season counts for much. Giving thought to having regular season conference champions, similar to the way other sports do, might be worthwhile.