No. 11 Nebraska at Big Ten Championships
Friday, March 28 | 4 p.m. CT and Saturday, March 29 | 6 p.m. CT
Lincoln, Neb. (Bob Devaney Sports Center)
The No. 11 Nebraska men’s gymnastics is set to host the 2014 Big Ten Championships this weekend at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The competition begins on Friday, with the team and all-around competition beginning at 6 p.m. CT. On Saturday, gymnasts who qualified from Friday’s competition will compete in the individual event finals, set to begin at 4 p.m. CT. Both days of the Big Ten Championships will be televised live on the Big Ten Network. Fans who can’t make it to the meet can also follow live results at Huskers.com and can also follow the team on Twitter (@NebraskaMGym) or on Facebook (facebook.com/NebraskaMGym).
The Huskers finished the regular season ranked No. 11 nationally, rising from the 12th spot after a strong performance on senior night on Saturday, March 15. Nebraska enters the postseason after a strong showing in the match up at home against No. 5 Minnesota, No. 6 Illinois, No. 7 Iowa and No. 10 Air Force. Nebraska battled with the four teams, coming in fourth with a team score of them 428.450.
Tickets for the 2014 Big Ten Championships at the Devaney Center are available through the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office. Fans can purchase their tickets online on Huskers.com, in person at the Ticket Office or by calling 1-800-8BIGRED. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth and seniors.
Scouting the Competition
All seven of the men’s gymnastics teams in the Big Ten are ranked in the top-11 nationally. Second-ranked Ohio State leads the conference with an average team score of 437.664, followed by reigning conference and national champion Michigan, coming in ranked fourth nationally. The Wolverines are followed by No. 5 Minnesota, No. 6 Illinois, No. 7 Penn State and No. 8 Iowa. All six teams have an average regular-season score of 428.556 or higher.
Pending selection from the NCAA, Nebraska will join 11 other teams at this year’s NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. The event will be held on April 10-12 in the Crisler Center on the campus of the University of Michigan. The NCAA selects 12 Division-I teams, 36 event specialists and six all-around competitors to compete at the championships.
Last Time Out: Huskers See Success At Senior Night
The No. 11 Nebraska men’s gymnastics team returned to Lincoln for their final regular season meet of the 2014 season last weekend. The Huskers competed against No. 5 Minnesota, No. 6 Illinois, No. 7 Iowa and No. 10 Air Force at the Bob Devaney Sports Center as they honored seniors Eric Schryver, CJ Schaaf, Mark Ringle, Zach Hedval, Wyatt Aycock and Donovan Arndt. NU earned a team score of 428.450 and finished fourth overall.
Robbie Kocks took home the individual event title on rings, while Grant Perdue (vault) and Eric Schryver (high bar) made it onto the top three individually. Wyatt Aycock finished second in the all-around with a score of 85.650.
Nebraska Rises to No. 11 in National Rankings
The Huskers jumped up to 11th in the national rankings after their final meet of the regular season, which also kept Nebraska at seventh in the Big Ten rankings for the seventh week in a row. Oklahoma continued to remain first nationally, coming in at No. 1 for the tenth week in a row with a four-meet average team score of 443.917. Ohio State rose to second, bumping Stanford to third and Michigan to fourth. Minnesota rounded out the top five.
Nebraska held on to an 11th-place standing on still rings and pommel horse. The Huskers moved up to 10th on parallel bars, while remaining at 12th on vault and floor. NU dropped to No. 13 nationally on high bar.
Individually, four Huskers finished the week in the top-20 in the national rankings. Junior Robbie Kocks made the still rings list for the 10th week in a row. His score of 15.50 vaulted him to eighth in the nation, just beating out Iowa’s Matt McGrath.
Junior Grant Perdue dropped to No. 19 on floor, tied with Iowa’s Matthew Loochtan, with a four meet average score of 15.033. He also returned to the vault rankings, coming in at No. 16 with a four meet average of 14.933.
Sophomore Sammy Chamberlain and senior Eric Schryver also returned to the individual rankings. Chamberlain rose to No. 15 on parallel bars, with a four meet average or 14.850. Schryver came in at No. 15 as well, only on the high bar rankings. His career-best 15.05 performance bumped him up to an average score of 14.717.