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Huskers Claim First After Momentum From Bye

By NU Athletic Communications

Colorado Springs, Colo. - The mountains may have shaken as “We Are The Champions” blared out of the Nebraska men’s gymnastics bus after their first-place finish at the Rocky Mountain Open (RMO). The victory is sweet for the No. 6 Huskers as this is their first time winning the RMO since 2000. At their season opener, Nebraska finished with a team score of 407.700. No. 3 Ohio State scored 404.450, No. 15 Arizona State scored 390.950, No. 11 Air Force scored 389.950, United States Olympic Training Center* (USOTC) scored 386.450 and No. 18 Washington scored 370.600. NU claimed three event titles and had a number of career-high scores. Kyle King won both the floor and vault title, while Antonio Castro claimed the high bar title. Andrew Zymball, Josh Martin and Austin Lober also led the Huskers by setting career-high scores. After a slow start on the first three rotations, Nebraska came off the bye fired up and hungry for a win.

Rotation One

Nebraska started off the night on parallel bars, posting a team score of 67.60. Daniel Leal led the Huskers with a score of 14.10. Zymball had an impressive night on parallel bars, scoring a career-high 13.60. Griffin Kehler and Lober each added a score of 13.40, while Alex Magsam added a 13.10. Martin finished with a 13.00. At the end of rotation one, the Huskers led the meet with a score of 67.60.

Rotation Two

NU moved to high bar, where Castro led the team with a score of 14.00. Jacob Bonnay and Kehler weren’t too far behind, scoring a 13.70 and 13.4 respectively. Leal added a 12.55, while Lober and Kyle King notched an 11.95 and 11.50 respectively. At the end of rotation two, the Huskers finished with a team score of 65.60, falling into second place behind Ohio State.

Rotation Three

On floor, King paved the way with a 14.65. Bonnay followed close behind with a score of 14.25, while Kehler added a 14.15. Travis Gollott added a 13.65. Zach Peters and Connor Adamsick rounded out the score for the Huskers with a 12.65 and 12.60 respectively. At the end of rotation three, NU finished with a score of 69.35.

Rotation Four

After the bye, the Huskers competed on pommel horse. Castro finished on top with a score of 13.80. Martin also led the way for the Big Red, setting a career high 12.90. Adamsick followed closely behind with a score of 12.8. Gollott and King finished with a 12.30 and 12.10 respectively, while Chris Stephenson added a score of 11.70. At the end of rotation four, the Huskers finished with a score of 63.90.

Rotation Five

After a slow start, Nebraska performed strong on still rings, scoring a 69.750. Heath Anderson dominated with a score of 14.4, while Lober added a career-high score of 14.15. Magsam and Leal notched a 13.80 and 13.75 respectively, while Jonathan Scripnick rounded out the team score with a 13.60. At the end of rotation five, the Huskers finished with a score of 69.75.

Rotation Six

On their final rotation, NU dominated the vault, scoring the highest in all six events. King scored on top with a 14.85. Magsam and Bonnay followed closely behind with a score of 14.25 and 14.20 respectively. Peters finished with a 14.15, while Martin notched a 14.05. Adamsick added a 13.8. At the end of rotation six, Nebraska finished with a score of 71.50.

Up Next

The Huskers take on Ohio State in their first home meet of the season. The meet will take place on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

 

*Please note that USOTC did not count in team and individual place finishes.  

 

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