Men’s Gymnastics: A THON Pep Rally Dynasty
Penn State’s men’s gymnastics team won its second consecutive Pep Rally title on Saturday night. The defending champs gave a dominant performance in the first round to secure their spot as the number one team in the “East Division” of the Pep Rally’s new format. They then backed it up with another impressive routine to take down the men’s golf team in the final showdown.
The crowd reaction that won the Pep Rally Title for the men's gymnastics team. pic.twitter.com/6mP7OZF0Xz
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In reality, men’s golf didn’t stand a chance. Men’s gymnastics was the clear crowd favorite from the beginning, and it’s no surprise. Aside from the fact that they came into Pep Rally 2018 as the reigning champs, the team has built a perennial contender on young, athletic talent.
The squad will only lose three members of its 2018 Pep Rally championship team to graduation this spring, so expect them to be early favorites in next year’s installments. One might question the sustainability of such a powerhouse program, but each freshman class is held to higher expectations than the last.
They all come in with one goal: Win the THON Pep Rally. Each class is groomed into a winning culture, which only makes the team more dangerous.
That’s not even mentioning the fact that everything these gymnasts do in their daily practices prepares them for their time in the spotlight on the Four Diamonds stage. Gymnastics is a sport heavily rooted in performance and flare. That’s what these men do at a high level week in and week out.
Each year, their Pep Rally performance draws on their experience in gymnastics events such as the pommel horse, vault, and their floor routines. Good luck competing with that, other sports.
Think of all of the dynasties in recent sports history. The New England Patriots. The Golden State Warriors. The Spurs over the past decade. The ’90s Bulls. The Joe Montana-era 49ers.
Men’s gymnastics belongs right in that conversation with those teams. They’ve won two now, but who’s to say how many they’ll rack up before it’s all said and done.
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The close game certainly made things exciting, which is more than you can say about the first two games, but nothing seemed “fun” about watching each team try to let the other win.
Football has its flaws, but it also has the innate ability to bring people together for 12 Saturdays a year.
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