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Junior Robbie Kocks set a new personal best (15.40).
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          Release: 01/11/2014
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No. 10 Nebraska Grabs Second in Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colo. - The No. 10 Nebraska men's gymnastics team faced four other teams at the Rocky Mountain Open on Saturday night, falling short of Oklahoma with a score of 423.700. NU beat Air Force with a narrow 0.6 point margin.

The Huskers started off the evening on parallel bars, earning a strong first rotation score of 72.150. Redshirt freshman Austin Epperson kicked off the meet for Nebraska, earning a 13.90 on his first-ever collegiate performance. Junior Louis Klein and senior CJ Schaaf earned 14.50s, while senior Eric Schryver grabbed the top score on the event for the Huskers with a 14.70.

NU then moved to high bar for their second rotation. Freshman Antonio Castro started off the rotation, struggling halfway through his routine and finishing with a 12.05. Klein and Schryver both stuck their landings. Klein grabbed the event best score for the Huskers with a 14.80.

Nebraska finished out the first half of the meet on floor, where they scored a team score of 68.750. Omaha-native Ethan Lottman earned the highest score on the event for NU, posting a 14.45. All-American Grant Perdue followed close behind, earning a 14.35. Redshirt freshmen Coleman Tokar and Austin Epperson both grabbed scores in the 13s, along with true freshman Travis Gollott.

The Huskers began to regain their footing on their fourth rotation, pommel horse. Schryver and Lottman, returning leaders on the event, led Nebraska with two high 14 scores. The senior took the lead score (14.85), while Lottman earned a respectable second (14.65).

Nebraska saw a huge improvement on its rings performance, finishing their fifth rotation with an event score of 74.050. Junior Robbie Kocks led NU on the event, posting a personal best 15.40. Senior Donovan Arndt also posted a 15 score, earning a 15.10 for his routine. Klein and Schaaf scored a pair of 14.60s, followed by Epperson with a 14.35.

The Huskers finished out the meet on vault, hoping to see a strong final performance to catch Oklahoma. Perdue led NU on the event, scoring a 14.40 on his vault. He was closely followed by Schaaf and Tokar, who both posted a 14.35.

Nebraska finished out the meed with a total teem score of 423.700, placing them in second overall behind the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners.

Senior CJ Schaaf took home fourth in the all-around, scoring a consistent 82.100.

NU returns home in two weeks for their home opener against Air Force. The meet will be held at the newly renovated Devaney Center arena on Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. CST. Nebraska will then hit the road once again, traveling to Minneapolis to face the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Feb. 1.

Name Floor     Horse     Rings     Vault     P.Bars     High Bar     All-Around
Donovan Arndt --- --- 15.10 --- --- --- ---
Wyatt Aycock --- 13.55  --- 13.85 14.20 --- ---
Antonio Castro  --- 13.70  --- --- --- 12.05 ---
Sam Chamberlain  --- --- --- --- 14.25 --- ---
Austin Epperson 13.35  --- 14.35  --- 13.90 13.60 ---
Travis Gollott 13.10 13.15  --- 13.75 --- --- ---
Zach Hedval --- --- 14.15 --- --- --- ---
Louis Klein  --- --- 14.60 --- 14.50 14.80 ---
Robbie Kocks --- --- 15.40 --- --- --- ---
Ethan Lottman 14.45 14.65 --- --- --- 13.80 ---
Grant Perdue 14.35 --- --- 14.40 --- --- ---
CJ Schaaf 12.60 13.55 14.60 14.35 14.50 12.50 82.100
Eric Schryver  ---  14.85  ---  --- 14.70 13.50 ---
Coleman Tokar  13.50  ---  ---  14.35 --- 12.05 ---
Josh Ungar ---  --- ---  13.25 --- --- ---

 

Team Score                  Total

Oklahoma                      443.150

Nebraska                      423.700

Air Force                        423.100

Arizona State                402.105

Washington                 367.300

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