Huskers Hope To Regain No. 1 Spot at Oklahoma
The No. 2 Nebraska men’s gymnastics team will battle No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 4 Stanford in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Feb. 3. Competition is set for 7 p.m. After falling one spot in the CGA Poll this week, the Huskers look to earn their No. 1 spot back, but it won’t come easily. NU enters the McCasland Field House, where the Sooners haven’t lost a meet since 2007.
Last Time Out
The Huskers cracked No. 3 Ohio State in front of a sea of red at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, 411.750 – 404.150 on Jan. 20. NU was led by Jake Bonnay, Anton Stephenson and Daniel Leal, who each claimed event titles. Bonnay claimed the floor title (14.45), Stephenson claimed the vault title (15.20) and Leal claimed the parallel bars title (14.45). The Huskers scored a 72.50 on vault, tying the school record on that event. It was the second time that Nebraska beat Ohio State this season.
Scouting the Competition
The four-time defending national champion Sooners are the team to beat, despite losing a senior-heavy class. Oklahoma returns All-American Yul Moldauer, who earned All-America honors at six out of seven events and claimed the floor and rings title at the 2017 NCAA Championships. After not competing for the first two weekends, Oklahoma beat Michigan 411.650 – 403.650 on Jan. 27. The Sooners were led by junior Yul Moldauer, who claimed the pommel horse, still rings and parallel bars titles. Matt Wenske and Genki Suzuki snatched the vault and high bar title, respectively. The last time Nebraska beat Oklahoma was at the Rocky Mountain Open in 2000.
No. 4 Stanford comes off a first-place finish at the Stanford Open on Jan. 27. The Cardinal scored a nation-high 414.100 over No. 9 Cal (395.050) and No. 15 Washington (368.300). Stanford was led by Connor Lewis, David Jessen, Joseph Ringer, Thomas Lee, Bailey Perez and Grant Breckenridge, who won event titles. Key returners for the Cardinal include juniors Grant Breckenridge and Josiah Eng and senior Robert Neff. All-arounder Neff earned the high bar title at the 2017 NCAA Championships. The last time Nebraska beat Stanford was at the MPSF Championships in 2001.
Follow the Huskers
The meet will be televised on Fox College Sports. It will also be streamed online at FoxSportsGo.com. Live stats are available at OUStats.com. Fans can also follow @NebraskaMensGym on Twitter for live updates.