No. 10 Nebraska Upends No. 9 Air Force
The No. 10 Nebraska men's gymnastics team upended No. 9 Air Force 336.55-331.75 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Sunday. The victory came just one week after the Falcons edged the Huskers at the Rocky Mountain Open. The win moves NU to 3-2 on the season, while Air Force drops to 3-2 overall.
Nebraska captured five event titles on the day, led by senior all-arounder Andreas Hofer. Hofer posted a total score of 82.20, including a 14.75 on vault and a 14.00 on still rings. NU was also powered by strong performances from several freshmen. Gabriel Jolley exploded for a 14.85 on vault, the highest mark by any athlete on the day and the best vault mark for the Huskers so far this season. Freshman Grant Perdue added his first event title with a 14.15 on vault, while sophomore Eric Schryver picked up the pommel horse event title with a mark of 14.70. Senior David Jacobs snagged NU's final event title on the day, posting a 14.45 on high bar.
The Huskers started the afternoon on floor, led by Perdue's mark of 14.15. Senior Will Eastman contributed a 13.55, leading NU to a team total of 54.60 after one rotation. Air Force posted a score of 52.45 on pommel horse, giving NU a lead on the day that it would never surrender.
Nebraska moved to pommel horse, tallying a team score of 56.95 that included Schryver's 14.70. Sophomore Wyatt Aycock garnered a career-high mark on horse, picking up a score of 14.65. Air Force added a team score of 53.75 on floor, putting the score at 111.55-106.20 after two events.
The Huskers moved to rings, where Wyatt Baier led the Big Red with a career-high score of 14.15. Hofer added a 14.00 as the Huskers totaled 54.75 on the event. Air Force, meanwhile, competed on vault, scoring 55.25 as a team.
The Huskers had a strong team performance on vault, posting a score of 58.90. Jolley's top mark of 14.85 was the highest vault score by Nebraska this season. Junior Wyatt Baier (14.80) and senior Andreas Hofer (14.75) recorded the second and third place performances, respectively. The Falcons were led on rings by event title winner Ben Zaiser, who posted a 14.75 to lead Air Force to a 57.55 team score.
With two events remaining, NU continued to lead the Falcons, 225.20-219.00. Nebraska moved to parallel bars, where Aycock led the Huskers with a mark of 14.25, good for second overall. The Falcons competed on high bar, posting a team mark of 57.10.
Nebraska wrapped up its victory on high bar, powered by Jacobs' performance. Eastman also contributed a 14.25 to help the Huskers to an event score of 55.25 and the dual victory. Air Force finished on parallel bars, where Greg Chaput took the event title with a mark of 14.35. The Falcons finished with a score of 55.65 on parallel bars.
The Huskers will have several days off before they travel to the west coast to take on Stanford and California at the Stanford Open. The meet is set to begin at 9 p.m. CT (7 p.m. PT) in Palo Alto, Calif.
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