Huskers Post Fourth-Highest Score in the Country on Senior Day
Lincoln, Neb. --- Led by three individual titles and five season-high team event scores, the Nebraska men's gymnastics team scored 425.550 on Saturday Night against Minnesota at the Bob Devaney Sports on Senior Night. The Huskers sent Austin Epperson, Coleman Tokar and Sanjaya Roy off in style as their team score is currently the fourth-highest score in the country.
For the second consecutive week, All-Americans Austin Epperson and Anton Stephenson earned individual event titles. Stephenson claimed the vault title after posting 15.05 on the event. The sophomore produced just the second 15.0 score for the Huskers of the season, as he notched a 15.10 on Feb. 26 against UIC. Epperson made his last home meet count. The Allen, Texas, native claimed the floor title finishing with a 14.85. Antonio Castro also grabbed the pommel horse title with a season-best score of 14.90. Epperson and Castro each set new team-high scores on their respective events.
Nebraska got off to a great start on floor posting a season-high score of 72.55. Kyle King earned a 14.80, besting the team's highest score of the season on the event. A few minutes later Epperson broke the record with his finish. Connor Adamsick scored a season-best 14.50, while Chris Stephenson tallied 14.25 and Anton Stephenson notched 14.15.
NU was ahead after the first rotation, as Minnesota scored 68.45 on pommel horse.
The Huskers moved to pommel horse where Travis Gollott started the rotation with a 13.30. Kyle King and Jordan King followed, earning 13.40 and 13.65, respectively. Anton Stephenson smashed his previous season best (13.70) with a 14.20. Antonio Castro anchored the event (14.90). Chris Stephenson, competing in the all-around, earned 13.00.
Minnesota gained some ground after a 72.80 on floor, but still trailed 142.000-141.250 after two events.
On still rings Sanjaya Roy began with a career-best score of 13.80. Brenon Sommers earned 13.90 - a new season high, while Chris Stephenson posted a career-high 14.05 on the event. Heath Anderson posted 14.20 and Austin Epperson scored 13.90. Austin Lober, competing unattached, earned 13.55.
As a team NU finished with a season-best 69.85. Minnesota posted a 73.60 on vault to take a 214.850-211.85 lead halfway through the meet.
The Big Red moved to vault where the team had another explosive performance, finishing with 72.50 and scoring a season-best score on the event for the fourth consecutive week. Alex Magsam tied his season high (14.35) and Chris Stephenson earned a new personal best (14.60). Daniel Leal stuck his landing and was rewarded with a personal-best 14.85. Kyle King earned 13.65. Anton Stephenson was the anchor on the event and notched a 15.05 after sticking the landing. Andrew Zymball, competing unattached stuck his landing and scored 14.15 for a new career high.
Minnesota earned a 70.70 on rings and still led 285.550-284.350 after the fourth rotation.
On parallel bars, Evan Hymanson started with a career-high 14.20. Chris Stephenson posted 13.90, while Epperson clinched a 14.15. Anton Stephenson posted a season-high 14.40 and Leal ended the rotation for the Huskers with a 14.15. Roy, competing individually only, scored 13.20.
The Huskers finished with a season-high 70.80 on the event, but trailed the Gophers 357.150-355.150 after Minnesota earned 71.60 on high bar.
The Huskers finished the night on high bar where they battled hard to regain the lead from Minnesota and finished with a season-best score of 70.40 on the event. Jordan King started the rotation with 13.65. Antonio Castro stuck his landing and earned 14.30, setting a new season high on the event for the team, which was broken a few routines later by Anton Stephenson's 14.60. Chris Stephenson posted a season-high 14.10 and Daniel Leal notched 13.75. Coleman Tokar, competing individually, earned 11.55.
In the all-around competition, Chris Stephenson finished second with a career-high score of 83.90. Minnesota's Justin Karstadt placed first with 87.050.
Despite a record-breaking performance, the Huskers fell to Minnesota 426.950-425.550 in the team standings.
This concludes the regular season for Nebraska. The Huskers take a week off before beginning postseason action at the Big Ten Championships April 7-8 in Champaign, Ill. Both days begin at 6 p.m. and will be televised live on BTN, BTN2GO and the BTN2GO mobile app.