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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 3/4/2024, Last updated: 3/4/2024
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Penn State, Michigan Claim Men’s Gymnastics Weekly Honors

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference has announced its Men’s Gymnasts of the Week for the week ending March 3, 2024.

Gymnast of the Week

Josh Karnes, Penn State

Jr. – Erie, Pa. – Erie – Major: Media Studies

  • Recorded first place finishes on the parallel bars (14.850) and high bar (13.700) in No. 6 Penn State’s win over No. 13 Springfield

  • Added a fourth place finish on eh pommel horse (13.600)

  • Garners his fifth Gymnast of the Week award and third of the season

  • Last Penn State Gymnast of the Week: Josh Karnes (Feb. 26, 2024)

Freshman of the Week

Luke Esparo, Penn State

Wallingford, Conn. – Mark T. Sheehan – Major: Health & Human Development

  • Paired a first and two second place finishes, as the Nittany Lions downed Springfield

  • Won his first career vault title with a career-best score of 14.550

  • Scored a career-best 13.750 on the floor and 13.500 on the rings, both good for second place finishes

  • Earns his first Freshman of the Week award

  • Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Landon Simpson (Jan. 8, 2024)

Event Specialist of the Week

Javier Alfonso, Michigan

Sr. – Miami, Fla. – Miami Palmetto – Major: Cognitive Science and Psychology

  • Scored a 15.05 on the still rings, just 0.05 points off his national-leading score of 15.10, as No. 4 Michigan topped No. 1 Oklahoma

  • Earns his second Event Specialist of the Week honor

  • Last Michigan Event Specialist of the Week: Fred Richard (Feb. 5, 2024)

2024 Big Ten Men’s Gymnasts of the Week

Jan. 8

G: Josh Karnes, PSU

F: Landon Simpson, PSU

S: David Wolma, MICH

Jan. 15

G: Caden Spencer, OSU

F: Garrett Schooley, ILL

S: Javier Alonso, MICH

Jan. 22

G: Paul Juda, MICH

F: Brandon Dang, ILL

S: Fred Richard, MICH

Jan. 29

G: Logan Myers, ILL

F: Brandon Dang, ILL

S: Will Hauke, ILL

Feb. 5

G: Tate Costa, ILL

Co-F: Brandon Dang, IL

Co-F: Zach Snyder, OSU

S: Fred Richard, MICH

Feb. 12

G: Paul Juda, MICH

F: Chase Mondi, NEB

S: Brandon Dang, ILL

Feb. 19

G: Taylor Christopulos, NEB

F: Chase Mondi, NEB

S: Zach Tiderman, NEB

Feb. 26

G: Josh Karnes, PSU

F/S: Brandon Dang, ILL

March 4

G: Josh Karnes, PSU

F: Luke Esparo, PSU

S: Javier Alfonso, MICH