Jepson announces signing of Josh Karnes to men’s gymnastics team


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – Penn State head coach Randy Jepson announced on Friday the addition of Josh Karnes (Erie, PA/Erie High School) to the 12-time national champion men’s gymnastics team.

“We are thrilled to announce the signing of Pennsylvania native Josh Karnes, who has enjoyed success nationally and internationally throughout his career,” Jepson said. “The fact that he is a very complete gymnast with no real weak events, and that he is also an excellent student, makes him a perfect candidate for our team. We look forward to training him for future academic gymnastics, NCAA and international. Success.”

Penn State has won four Big Ten titles, including the most recently contested Big Ten championship in 2019.

Below is a look at what Josh Karnes brings to the Penn State men’s gymnastics team:

Prepared at Erie High School and educated at Lakers Gymnastics Academy… Has been a member of the U.S. Junior National Team since 2014 and has earned three international caps… Won all-around title at 2018 National Championships… Won on floor, vault and high bar, was second on pommel horse and third on rings at the event… Also won the All-Around Junior Olympic National Championship in 2017 and 2016, and was a runner-up in 2015… A won the all-around at the 2017 Team Cup in Berlin… Finished fourth on pommel horse, fifth in all-around and fifth on parallel bars at the 2018-19 RD761 Junior International Team Cup.

Born Joshua Andrew Karnes on July 6, 2004 in Erie, Pennsylvania… His parents are Jim and Monica Karnes… He has two older brothers, Tony and Nick, and an older sister, Abby… Nick graduated from Penn State in 2016… Hobbies include games… Plans to major in engineering.

“I chose Penn State because it has a great engineering program. It has a great gym and a great coaching staff. I know coaches can take me to the next level in my gymnastics career. It’s a bonus to know it’s closer to home.”


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