Senior Eric Schryver finished in the top 5 on two events Saturday night.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

No. 9 Huskers Struggle in Minnesota

By NU Athletic Communications

Minneapolis, Minn. - The No. 9 Nebraska men's gymnastics team faced conference foes No. 7 Minnesota and No. 8 Illinois at the Sports Pavilion Saturday night. They earned a team score of 420.700, finishing in third behind Minnesota (435.000) and Illinois (432.700).

The Huskers kicked off the meet on pommel horse. With event regular Ethan Lottman out due to illness, junior Andrew House stepped in, starting off the night with an 11.85 for Nebraska. Senior Eric Schryver earned the top score on the event for NU, grabbing a 14.00 for his routine.

NU then moved to still rings, hoping to make up for their struggles on horse. Grant Perdue started off the event, earning a 13.80. The Huskers' scores continued to increase for the following three gymnasts - Zach Hedval (14.10), Austin Epperson (14.60) and C.J. Schaaf (14.80). Junior Robbie Kocks, ranked No. 5 in the nation on the event, took home the highest score on rings for the team, earning a 14.85.

Nebraska ended the first half of the meet on floor, earning an event total of 71.400. NU saw four gymnasts earn scores above 14 points, with Perdue and House tying, both earning 14.60s. The juniors were followed by freshman Travis Gollott, who grabbed a 14.50. Epperson also broke 14, earning a 14.10 for his routine.

The Huskers started off the second half of the meet shaky, struggling to gain momentum on parallel bars. Returning All-American on parallel bars, Sam Chamberlain, led Nebraska on the event with a score of 14.90. Schryver earned the next highest score, grabbing a 14.15 for his routine.

NU continued to chip away at the gap between them, the Gophers and the Illini, moving to high bar for their fifth rotation. Schryver led the team on the event, scoring a 14.90 after sticking his dismount. Junior Josh Ungar also scored in the 14s, earning a 14.35 for his first high bar routine of the season.

The Huskers finished out the meet on vault, making a last minute attempt to bridge the gap between them and their two conference rivals. Returning All-American on vault Grant Perdue took home the highest score on the event for Nebraska (14.80), followed by senior Wyatt Aycock (14.65) and Schaaf (14.60).

Nebraska finished out the meet with a total team score of 420.700, besting last week's home meet score by 0.05 points. Husker gymnasts Sam Chamberlain and Eric Schryver earned second on parallel bars and high bar, respectively. Schryver also finished in the top five on pommel horse. Robbie Kocks (rings), Grant Perdue (vault) and Josh Ungar (high bar) also earned top five finishes.

NU will fly to Ann Arbor, Mich., next weekend to face No. 2 Michigan on Feb. 8. The Huskers then continue on to Iowa City, Iowa, for their first televised meet of the season. They will face the No. 7 Golden Gophers again, as well as No. 10 Iowa.

Name Floor     Horse     Rings     Vault     P.Bars     High Bar     All-Around
Donovan Arndt --- --- 13.80 --- --- --- ---
Wyatt Aycock  --- 13.05 --- 14.65  13.80 --- ---
Antonio Castro 12.80  12.65 --- 13.65 ---  13.70 --- 
Sam Chamberlain 13.50  --- --- ---  14.90  13.75 --- 
Austin Epperson 14.20  --- 14.60 ---  12.25  13.70 --- 
Travis Gollott 14.50  13.60 --- 13.55 ---  --- --- 
Zach Hedval ---  --- 14.10 --- ---  ---  --- 
Andrew House 14.60  11.85 --- ---  ---  13.65 --- 
Robbie Kocks --- ---  14.85 --- ---  ---  --- 
Grant Perdue 14.60  --- 13.80  14.80 ---  --- --- 
CJ Schaaf ---  13.20 14.80  14.60 13.35  --- --- 
Eric Schryver ---  14.00 ---  --- 14.15  14.90 --- 
Josh Ungar ---  --- --- 14.10 ---  14.35 --- 


Team Score                  Total

Minnesota                       435.000

Illinois                             432.700

Nebraska                      420.650


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