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Huskers Claim All-Around Title at Season Opener

By NU Athletic Communications

Colorado Springs, Colo. - At their season opener, the Nebraska men's gymnastics team claimed three event titles and had a number of career-high scores. Anton Stephenson claimed both the vault and all-around title. Griffin Kehler claimed the floor title and third place on all-around, while Khalil Jackson tied for third place on pommel horse. Andrew Zymball claimed third place on parallel bars, setting a career-high score.

After a slow start to the night, the Huskers never gave up and fought for a second-place finish at the Rocky Mountain Open (RMO). No. 6. Nebraska finished with a team score of 404.350. No. 1 Oklahoma scored 411.150, No. 4 Minnesota scored 403.900, No. 6 Ohio State scored 398.500, No. 14 Arizona State scored 392.750 and No. 12 Air Force scored 380.350.

Rotation One
Nebraska started the night off strong on parallel bars, posting a team score of 69.30. Andrew Zymball led the Huskers with a career-high 14.35. Redshirt freshman, Mitch Tyndall had an impressive night on parallel bars, scoring a career-high 14.00. Stephenson added a score of 13.70, while Hymanson and Dillan King notched a 13.65 and 13.60 respectively.  Kehler finished with a 13.55.

Rotation Two
NU moved to high bar, where Kehler led the team with a score of 13.30. Dillan King and Hymanson weren’t too far behind, each scoring a 13.00. Bonnay added a 12.80, while Jackson and Stephenson notched a 12.75 and 12.10 respectively. At the end of rotation two, the Huskers finished with a team score of 64.85, falling into fourth place behind Oklahoma, Ohio State and Arizona State.

Rotation Three
After a slow start, Nebraska performed strong on floor, scoring a 68.25. Griffin Kehler paved the way with a 14.45. Peters added a score of 13.90, while Bonnay followed close behind with a 13.85. Martin and Stephenson rounded out the score for the Huskers with a 13.10 and 12.95 respectively. Charlie Giles finished with an 11.60.

Rotation Four
NU moved to pommel horse, posting a team score of 66.60. Khalil Jackson led the Huskers with a score of 13.80. Evan Kriley also led the way for the Big Red, setting a career high of 13.55. Stephenson followed closely behind with a score of 13.45. Tyndall and Giles rounded out the score for the Huskers with a 13.05 and 12.75 respectively. Martin finished with a 12.35.

Rotation Five
On still rings, Hymanson and Stephenson led the way with a score of 13.45, a career-high for Hymanson. Martin and Tyndall notched a 12.95 and 12.85 respectively, while Jonathan Scripnick rounded out the team score with a 12.15. Lober finished with an 11.95. At the end of rotation five, the Huskers finished with a score of 64.85.

Rotation Six
On their final rotation, NU dominated the vault, scoring the highest in all six events. Stephenson scored on top with a 14.65. Charlie Giles and Jonathan Scripnick followed closely behind with a score of 14.05 and 14.00 respectively. Peters finished with a 13.95, while Bonnay notched a 13.85. Martin finished with a 13.20. At the end of rotation six, Nebraska finished with a score 70.50.

All-Around
Three Huskers competed in the all-around at the RMO. Stephenson scored an 80.300, claiming the event title. Kriley scored a 78.500 and Kehler scored a 79.550.

Up Next
The Huskers take on Penn State in State College, Pa  on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 3:00 p.m.

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