Bronco Gymnasts Host BYU In Beauty & the Beast Meet

The No. 21 Boise State gymnastics team will host No. 34 BYU on Friday, Feb. 1 in the first of two Beauty and the Beast competitions this season. The meet is slated for 7:00 p.m. at Boise State's Taco Bell Arena. The wrestling team will take on Cal State Bakersfield in the side-by-side competitions

Boise State was the first school in the nation to host a Beauty and the Beast competition where gymnastics and wrestling compete side-by-side. The tradition began in 2003 and has grown into a national favorite as many other schools have added the same type of meet. 

The Broncos began their Beauty and the Beast tradition on Feb. 14, 2003, a fitting event for Valentine's Day. Boise State wrestling came away with a 35-9 win over Portland State, while the gymnastics team picked up a 196.375-195.9 win over BYU in front of a crowd of 2,350 fans. 

Beauty and the Beast is now in its11th season at Boise State, missing only the 2008 season. In 2009 a Beauty and the Beast meet was held, but the gymnastics team competed in an intrasquad competition rather than against an opponent. 

Bronco wrestling holds a 10-1 record in Beauty and the Beast competitions, while the gymnastics program holds a 9-1 record all-time. 

The Bronco wrestlers' only loss came to Oregon in 2006 (17-16), while the gymnasts' only loss came to Washington in 2005 (195.00-194.20).

Tickets can be purchased at the Boise State Taco Bell Arena Box Office the day of the event. Prices are as follows: Adults, $6; Junior/Senior, $4; Boise State Students get in free with valid ID. You can also purchase a Bronco Sports Pass for $50, granting access to all regular season home games for volleyball, soccer, wrestling, women's basketball, gymnastics, outdoor track and field and softball. It is "Dad's and Daughters Date Night" a promotion including one adult ticket and one youth ticket, plus two hot dogs for $10.

Beauty and the Beast activities include: autograph session following the meet, activity sheets for kids and trading cards. It is "Dad's and Daughters Date Night" a promotion including one adult ticket and one youth ticket, plus two hot dogs for $10. Fans are encouraged to attend the meet in order to collect the second installment of 2013 gymnastics trading cards. Boise State's sophomore class will be this week's group of 2013 gymnastics trading cards being released.

Live Gymnastics Scores:
Live Gymnastics and Wrestling on Bronco Vision: for premium subscribers

The Broncos and Cougars have met 48 times in their series history with BYU holding a 35-13 lead over Boise State. In recent years, the Broncos have come away with victories, winning their last four meetings, including a 194.700-194.425 win in Provo, Utah, just last week.  

Boise State enters its third meet of the season, second at home, with a 2-0 record and a No. 21 national ranking. The team sits at No. 5 in the West Region according to and holds ranks of No. 23 on vault, No. 13 on bars, No. 26 on beam and No. 34 on floor in national rankings.

The Broncos return home after one week on the road where they defeated BYU 194.700-194.425 on Sat., Jan. 26. The Broncos' home opener on Jan. 18 resulted in a score of 194.875, the highest season opening score in school history.

In just two meets, Brittany Potvin-Green has collected two floor titles and one title apiece on vault, bars and the all-around. Caitlin Mann has earned titles on vault, bars, beam and the all-around, while Amanda Otuafi has one vault and one floor title. Erin Wippermann has added one additional title on bars.

Kelsey Black holds the most top-100 national ranks in individual events for Boise State this week. Black sits in a tie for No. 60 on bars, a tie for No. 96 on vault and tie for No. 98 on floor. Potvin-Green ranks No. 82 in the all-around and is tied for No. 38 on floor, while Mann is tied for No. 89 in the all-around and tied for No. 44 on bars. Otuafi and Ciera Perkins are tied at No. 96 on vault, Wippermann is tied for No. 65 on bars and Alessandra Cinfio ties for the No. 85 spot on beam this week.

This week's meet against BYU marks the second of four home meets for the Broncos this season. Additional meets will be held on Feb. 10 vs. Southeast Missouri (Beauty & the Beast II) and March 1 vs. Southern Utah.

BYU (4-3) travels to Boise this week to take on the Broncos for the second straight week. Last weekend the Cougars lost a close meet to the Broncos with a 194.425 score. The Cougars' best score of the season thus far came in their season opener in Cancun, Mexico, where they earned a 194.475 to place second against Michigan and Oregon State.

The Cougars hold a No. 34 rank in this week's national rankings. As a team they rank No. 39 on vault, No. 25 on bars, No. 33 on beam and No. 33 on floor. Regionally they sit at No. 5 in the North Central Region.

Individually three Cougars sit in the nation's top-100 rankings in their respective events. Raquel Willman sits at No. 65 in the all-around and is tied for No. 94 on beam. Megan Bain is tied for No. 34 on beam, while Haylee Rollins is tied for No. 53 on bars and No. 98 on floor.

Major Promotions for upcoming events include:
February 10 - Beauty & the Beast II, Pink Meet-Flip For a Cure, Junior Trading Cards, MBB Ticket Free Entry (present your Feb. 9 vs. Wyoming ticket and get in free)
March 1 - Senior Night, Autographs, BAA Night, Senior Trading Cards, Kids Meet

» «