PSU advances to NCAA gym. finals on home floor



STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Top-ranked Penn State will go for a NCAA men’s gymnastics team title Saturday night on its home floor.

Stanford and Iowa also advanced Friday night in the second qualifying session. Michigan, Oklahoma and defending champion Illinois moved on from the early session Friday.

Penn State enjoys a distinct advantage this weekend performing in front of its vocal home fans in its cozy campus home of cozy Rec Hall. The program is seeking its 13th national championship.

The Nittany Lions led all qualifiers in the evening session with 436.9 points, more than one point better than Stanford. The Hawkeyes finished third at 426.55, edging out California after Javier Balboa capped the night by scoring just enough on his floor exercise routine on the Hawkeyes’ last rotation.