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Michigan Gymnastics

Gymnasts seek big win over sinking Iowa

BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

Going into Iowa City this weekend, the No. 4 Michigan men's gymnastics team is determined not to make the same mistake twice.
Thursday before practice, senior co-captain Paul Woodward reminded his team of the last time Michigan visited Iowa and urged his teammates to take the meet with the utmost seriousness.
Two years ago, Michigan was the fifth-ranked team in the country, and the Iowa trip seemed like a nice breather in the team's grueling schedule. For the first time in the Kurt Golder era, the Wolverines were poised to beat Iowa head-to-head on the road.

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Knutson bounces back, takes beam title

BY NICOLE AUERBACH

Last season, sophomore Kelsey Knutson wasn't out doing back walkovers on the beam, but she was still making an impact on the Michigan women's gymnastics team.
Knutson suffered three major injuries and went through two surgeries during her freshman year. She couldn't compete consistently in meets but still assumed a leadership role on the team.
Now, after seven months spent in rehab for her knee surgery, the Ames, Iowa, native is in the lineup and putting up the scores she knew she could.

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Gym parents make sacrifices to watch sons compete

BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

By car or by plane, parents travel from around U.S. to attend meets

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Falls spell defeat for Michigan

BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

Strong invididual performances not enough in road loss to Oklahoma

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'M' rebounds from beam woes in win

BY NICOLE AUERBACH

Blue continues 17-year streak against Spartans

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Wolverines look for road victory over powerful Sooners

BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

Almost exactly one year ago, the Wolverines shocked the college gymnastics world, upsetting powerhouse Oklahoma in Ann Arbor.
Tomorrow, the second-ranked Wolverines will face the Sooners again. But this time, it will be in enemy territory.
"It should be an exciting showdown, hopefully as exciting as it was last year," sophomore Torrance Laury said. "It was the most memorable competition that I've competed in."

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Touted freshman is used to competition

BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

Last year, as a high school senior, Thomas Kelley planned to take five recruiting trips. As the Junior National all-around champion, almost every school was interested in him.
But Kelley was interested in just a few - including Michigan.
"(Michigan) was by far the best school, so I thought, 'If I like Michigan, there's no reason I shouldn't go there,' " Kelley said.

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