The Huskers finished in seventh at the 2012 Big Ten championships.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Finish Seventh at Big Ten Championships

By NU Athletic Communications

Iowa City, Iowa - The ninth-ranked Nebraska men's gymnastics team saw several strong individual performances Friday night but were unable to capitalize as a whole, finishing in seventh with a team score of 340.700 at their first Big Ten Championships.

No. 4 Illinois took home their fourth consecutive conference crown on the night, posting a team score of 352.950. Eighth-ranked Michigan pulled off an upset to capture the conference runner-up crown (351.850), while No. 1 Penn State came in third (350.000). No. 5 Minnesota took home fourth overall (345.800), No. 6 Ohio was fifth (343.650), No. 11 Iowa sixth overall (342.800) and Nebraska came in at seventh.

In addition, three Nebraska athletes qualified for tomorrow's individual competition. Sophomore Eric Schryver will compete on pommel horse, junior Wyatt Baier on vault and freshman Josh Ungar on high bar.

The Huskers began Friday evening's competition on vault, hitting a mark of 58.750. The team's score was right on par with their team average thus far this season (58.700). Baier paced the Huskers, posting his third-highest score of the season at 15.00. Freshman Grant Perdue added a 14.65, while senior Andreas Hofer followed close behind with a score of 14.60.

Nebraska jumped out to an early lead after one rotation, posting a team mark of 58.750. Minnesota narrowly trailed in second (58.500), Iowa in third (58.000), Michigan in fourth (57.900), Penn State in fourth (57.100) and Ohio State in sixth (56.950).

NU struggled slightly in its second rotation on parallel bars, normally one of the team's strongest events this season. Nebraska logged a score of 56.750, led by Hofer's score of 14.45. Schryver hit a 14.30 for the Big Red, and freshman Connor Stillwell added a 14.10.

Following two rotations, the Huskers slipped to third overall with a team score of 115.500. Minnesota led the way (117.650) and Michigan followed in second (117.350). Nebraska came in at third (115.500), Ohio State in fourth (115.200), Iowa in fifth (114.900), Penn State in sixth (57.100) and Illinois in seventh (56.650).

The Huskers bounced back on high bar in the third rotation, notching a team score of 57.200. Freshman Josh Ungar was tops for the Big Red on the event, posting a score of 14.45. Senior Will Eastman added a 14.30, and Hofer tacked on a 14.25 to help the Big Red to their second-best team score on high bar this season.

Nebraska held strong at third overall after three rotations, posting a team mark of 172.700. Minnesota held at first (175.650), while Ohio State jumped to second (173.500). Nebraska came in at third, followed by Iowa in fourth (173.500), Illinois in fifth (118.250), Michigan in sixth (117.350) and Penn State in seventh (114.800).

The fourth rotation of the evening took the Huskers to floor exercise, where the team posted a score of 57.200. The score was an uncharacteristically low mark for a Nebraska squad that has seen marked improvement on the even this season. Freshman Grant Perdue scored a 14.50 to lead the Big Red on the event, while Eastman contributed a 14.40.

After four rotations, NU maintained their position of third overall, scoring in at 229.900. Minnesota remained at first (233.100), followed by Ohio State in second (230.550), Nebraska, Illinois in fourth (177.000), Penn State in fifth (175.950), Michigan in sixth (174.150) and Iowa in seventh (171.600).

Following a bye during the fifth rotation, the Big Red moved to pommel horse, hitting a team score of 53.80. Nationally-ranked sophomore Eric Schryver led Nebraska on the event, picking up a score of 14.15. Fellow sophomore C.J. Schaaf hit a score of 13.70, his best this season, while senior David Jacobs earned a 13.20.

With only one rotation to go, Nebraska came in at seventh overall (283.700). Ohio State led the meet (343.450), followed by Illinois in second (293.450), Michigan in third (292.400), Minnesota in fourth (291.400), Iowa in sixth (284.350) and Nebraska in seventh.

The sixth and final rotation saw Nebraska on still rings. The team notched a score of 57.000, paced by sophomore Donovan Arndt's mark of 14.75. Baier added a score of 14.20 and redshirt freshman Robbie Kocks tacked on a 14.15 for the Big Red.

The team competition was tight and would come down to the wire, but defending champion Illinois pulled off their fourth consecutive Big Ten championship with a team score of 352.950. Michigan came in at second overall (351.850), Penn State came in third (350.000), Minnesota in fourth (345.800), Ohio State fifth (343.650), Iowa sixth (342.800) and Nebraska in seventh (340.700).

The Big Ten men's gymnastics championships will continue tomorrow night with individual competition on all six events. Action is slated to start at 7 p.m. CT in Carver-Hawkeye Arena and will be broadcast live on BTN. The Big Ten will also announce conference awards tomorrow night, including the Gymnast of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Coach of the Year, and first and second team all-conference honors.

2012 Big Ten Championships
Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Iowa City, Iowa

1. Illinois - 352.950
2. Michigan - 351.850
3. Penn State - 350.000
4. Minnesota - 345.800
5. Ohio State - 343.650
6. Iowa - 342.800
7. Nebraska - 340.700

Floor Exercise: 57.200
Grant Perdue: 14.50
Will Eastman: 14.40 
Hayden Henrioulle: 14.25 
Wyatt Baier: 14.05
Wyatt Aycock: 13.85
Andreas Hofer:  13.85

Pommel Horse: 53.80
Eric Schryver: 14.15
C.J. Schaaf: 13.70
David Jacobs: 13.20
Wyatt Aycock: 12.75
Donovan Arndt: 12.70
Gabriel Jolley: 12.35

Still Rings: 57.00
Donovan Arndt: 14.75
Wyatt Baier: 14.20
Robbie Kocks: 14.15
C.J. Schaaf: 13.90
Andreas Hofer: 13.70 
Grant Perdue: 13.60

Vault: 58.750
Wyatt Baier: 15.00
Grant Perdue: 14.65
Andreas Hofer: 14.60
Wyatt Aycock: 14.50
Josh Ungar: 14.30
Gabriel Jolley: 14.10

Parallel Bars: 56.750
Andreas Hofer: 14.45
Eric Schryver: 14.30 
Connor Stillwell: 14.10
Wyatt Aycock: 13.90
Gabriel Jolley: 13.60
Mark Ringle: 11.70

High Bar: 57.200
Josh Ungar: 14.45
Will Eastman: 14.30
Andreas Hofer: 14.25
Connor Stillwell: 14.20
Eric Schryver: 14.15
Mark Ringle: 14.05


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