Photo by Isabel Thalken/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Head for Hawkeyes

By NU Athletic Communications

Iowa City, Iowa - The No. 5 Nebraska men’s gymnastics team heads to Iowa City, Iowa to take on the No. 10 Hawkeyes on Friday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. After a weekend off due to the Winter Cup Challenge, the Huskers face a tough Hawkeye squad who is looking for their first win of the season.

Last Time Out

UIC

The No. 3 Nebraska men’s gymnastics team topped UIC 409.350 – 372.250 in front of a sea of pink at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in honor of breast cancer awareness. NU again scored high on vault (73.00), and also scored a season-high 68.80 on parallel bars. Jake Bonnay led the way for the Huskers, claiming the floor and high bar title with a 14.20 and 13.85, respectively. Antonio Castro again snagged the pommel horse title with a season-high 14.75. Heath Anderson claimed the rings title (14.30), while Anton Stephenson claimed the vault title (15.10). Last but certainly not least, Daniel Leal grabbed the parallel bars title, scoring a 14.20.

Winter Cup Challenge

Kyle King, Antonio Castro, Chris Stephenson, Josh Martin and Griffin Kehler of the Nebraska men’s gymnastics team were invited to represent the Huskers at the prestigious Winter Cup in Las Vegas, Nev., to get a shot at making the USA National Team. Josh Martin was the only Husker who did not participate due to an injury. After the first day of competition, King, Stephenson and Kehler advanced to finals. Kehler finished 19th, King finished 22nd and Stephenson finished 23rd overall out of 28 competitors.

Scouting the Competition

After coming off a 402.850-418.850 loss to the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners on Feb. 10, the Hawkeyes are hungry for their first win of the season. Against the Sooners, Freshman Bennett Huang took the all-around title and senior Austin Hodges claimed the pommel horse title. Last weekend, Nicholas Merryman and Dylan Ellsworth competed at the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas, Nev. Ellsworth finished 18th all-around at the preliminary session and qualified for finals where he finished 17th all-around. Merryman finished 20th all-around in the preliminary session and did not advance to finals. Last year, the Huskers and Hawkeyes met twice in the regular season, splitting 1-1. At the Big Ten Championships, Nebraska finished fifth and Iowa finished sixth.

Follow the Huskers

The meet will be televised on BTN and streamed at BTN2Go. Fans can also follow @NebraskaMensGym on Twitter for live updates of the meet.

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