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Men's Gymnastics Finishes Second of Six at Navy Open

Matt Tocchio Annapolis, Md. -- January 23, 2010 -- The Springfield College men's gymnastics team, continuing to fashion a fine season in the early going, finished second in the Navy Open in a 6-way meet this afternoon. Springfield scored 331.600 points, placing second only to Temple at 332.200.

The team scores were as follows: Temple 332.200, Springfield 331.600, William & Mary 323.700, Navy 317.000, Capital 289.500, and Brockport 274.350.

Among individuals, both co-captain Matt Tocchio and Jimmy Pezzino produced victories on a pair of apparatus. Tocchio, a senior from Braintree, Mass., captured the pommel horse with a score of 14.000. Pezzino, a freshman from Buffalo, N.Y., picked up a win on floor exercise with a tally of 14.500.

Pezzino also placed second on vault with a score of 15.550, while Tocchio also placed sixth in the floor exercise (13.950).

Other members of the Pride also placed in the top eight in further events. Senior co-captain Kyle Bartgis (Nottingham, Md.) had a homecoming of sorts by placing second on parallel bars with a score of 14.000. Sophomore Ty Evans (San Jose, Calif.) had a great day, placing third in the parallel bars (13.800), tying for third in the high bar (14.200), tying for fourth in the vault (15.40), placing sixth in the still rings (14.050), and placing seventh in the pommel horse (13.000).

Junior Josh Fox (Ellicott City, Md.) also had a homecoming of sorts, placing in a tie for third in the floor exercise (14.100), and tying for sixth in the high bar (14.100). And junior Michael Licari (Haverhill, Mass.) tied for fourth in the pommel horse at 13.350.

Overall, in the all-around, Evans placed second at 84.150, while Fox placed fourth at 81.500.

Up next, the men's gymnastics team will host its first meet of the year -- with Army and Navy -- in Blake Arena on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 1:00 pm.

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