The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on April 7, 1975 · Page 8
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The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 8

Provo, Utah
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Monday, April 7, 1975
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Page 8-THE HERALD, Provo, Utah, Monday, April 7, 1975 ^^ _ - * ^^ Young Emerges as NCAA's Top Ail-Around Gymnast ^^^ , JJiJ ^_,.. _,.,... „„ .. 1 ...^ m ... . ..,__... „;>.,.,_. ..^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^JI^^M^^^ ^»^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^tfW|g«M|g||jA|i|||jttj||aM||^^^^^ BYU Star Invited To Pasadena Meet ByPHILSHURTLFFF After winning the NCAA all around title over the weekend at Indiana State University, BYU gymnast Wayne Young has still another challenge and honor He has been invited to compete in the prestigeoas Pasadena City College Invitational in Southern California this Saturday. This is annually one of the top independent meets in the country and only the nation's best are invited by PCC gymnastics coach Jerry Todd. It will be Young's first time for this meet though several other Cougars have participated in the past, including BYU's first All American gymnast, Dennis Ramsey. This past week has been a memorable one for BYU and for Young as this is the first time the NCAA all around title has been vron by a WAC gymnast, though many individual event winners have come from the local conference. Friday night the crowd was warm with enthusiasm and Young seemed to catch the spark from the fans and really turned it on. As each competitor began to chalk up before his event, calls from the crowd such as "let's hit a good one" were heard but Young seemed to have captured more support from the fans than the others. Support from the other WAC competitors was great too and, in fact, the Arizona State team sort of adopted Young since there were no other Cougar gymnasts at the meet. They had the lone competitor from Utah join them in their "good luck" circle as they all sent one of their team into battle with hands joined. Perhaps this even brought the Sun Devils some luck as Kent Brown came through for them with a first on floor exercise while teammate L.J. Larson finished second on side horse to Stanford's outstanding repeat champion Ted Marcy. Marcy scored an amazing three-day total average of 9.82 with some of the best routines in the meet. Placing third for ASU was the WAC high bar champ Mark Dedrick who received a 9.55 score in the finals. Brown did have a bit of help from an unfortunate and odd situation which overcame the floor exercise leader during the finals Saturday night. Leading in the event after two rounds was Oregon's Bob Rikli but in the finals he apparently stunned himself during the routine and seemed to become disoriented. His coach rushed out and grabbed him as he began a tumbling sequence to prevent possible injury, thus ending his title hopes. RikJi did return to competition later to perform on the long horse vaulting where he placed third. BYU's Young should have also placed in vaulting, perhaps, but his compulsory vault was scored 8.80 and even though he scored the optional high score on the event of 9.60 he failed to make the finals cut by a mere .05 point. Another WAC gymnast to have a bit of bad luck on the compulsories which cost him a high place even though he scored exceptionally high in the optionals was Colorado State's Theo Digerness on high bar. Digerness performed beautifully on high bar Friday night to receive a 9.80 average (one judge even flashed a perfect 10.00 score) but his first night 7.75 just simply killed him overall. The NCAA meet almost always has someone who has had to overcome big odds to be there and this year was no exception. Competing on rings was a gymnast from Houston Baptist, Steve Kinnett, who has only one leg. It can be said that the loss of the leg may be an advantage on rings because of the lower body weight but it always hurts on the dismount. Kinnett, however, doesn't throw any of the usually "safe" dismounts. He uses a full twisting fly-a-way which is a very risky dismount for landing on one leg, and he lands it pretty well. While he didn't get into the BYU'S WAYNE YOUNG is flying high over the parallel bars during a "peach to a glide kip" where he comes from below the bars, shoots upward and over and back down to glide his finals he did get a fine 9.30 for his optional routine. In all it was an outstanding meet but with Young's graduation from BYU this spring one might look ahead to next season and wonder what the future brings for the Cougars. They have a young team and are hoping to bring a national Japanese high school gymnastics champion to BYU as a freshman next season so things look bright for new coaches Greg Sano and Dr. La Von Johnson. As for Young, he says he may continue with graduate work at BYU or may take advantage of an opportunity at Penn State University where he has been accepted according to retiring coach Bruce Morgenegg. Whichever way he goes he will be working towards next year's Olympics in Canada and he will have his hands full preparing for this until the games are over. feet just above the mat, then back on top of the bars again. Young won the all around title as well as a fourth on rings, high bar and parallel bars. ONE-LEGGED RINGMAN Steve Kinnett of Houston Baptist performs during recent NCAA meet. He throws a difficult dismount for one leg, a full twisting fly-a-way. Team mates have nicknamed him "Dart." BEING CONGRATULATED BY the first NCAA gymnastics all around champion, Joe Giallombardo, right, is BYU's Wayne Young, the present all around champ. Giallombardo won the title the first three years it was given in 1938-40 and was an official at this year's meet. 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