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From Olympians to experienced team leaders to rising stars gunning to make a place for themselves, here are the top five men’s college gymnasts to watch in the 2012-13 season.
As a rookie at last year’s NCAA championship, all-around Craig Hernandez placed 10th in floor and second in pommel with career-high scores. A three-time Junior Olmypic pommel horse champion before suiting up with the Nittany Lions, Hernandez looks to rise to the top in pommel this season and boost Penn State higher up the NCAA podium.
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Oklahoma sophomore Danny Berardini scored over a 15 on parallel bars in the MPSF Championship, then nabbed third place and All-American honors in parallel bars at last year’s national championship with a 14.950. An AA, Berardini also scored career-highs of 14.5 in high bar and 14.35 on rings last season.
After breaking both ankles in 2011, Michigan’s Sam Mikulak not only recovered but spent last summer in London helping Team USA finish fifth overall in the Summer Olympics. Mikulak, an AA specializing in high bar and parallel bars, is the defending NCAA high bar champion and also tied for runner-up in the all-around competition at the 2012 NCAA Championships.
Stanford’s Eddie Penev is a three-time national champion, winning individual championships on floor (16.100) and vault (15.500) last season and taking the title on vault his freshman year (16.45). A five-time All-American, Penev will be looking to outdo his all-around personal best of 89.2 and claim a few more national titles during his senior season.
Illinois senior Yoshi Mori earned All-America accolades in the all-around and on pommel horse (14.600 for 5th place) at last year’s NCAA Championships and was the Big Ten freshman of the year his first year on the Illini squad. With fellow AA C.J. Maestas out for the season due to a tricep injury, Mori has the chance to rise to the forefront as a team leader and consistent competitor.