No. 11 Nebraska at No. 10 Iowa, No. 6 Minnesota
Saturday, Feb. 15 | 12 p.m. CST
Iowa City, Iowa. (Carver Hawkeye Arena)
The No. 11 Nebraska men’s gymnastics team continues on their five-meet travel campaign in Iowa City, Iowa, for their second conference triangular of the season. The match up will take place at Carver Hawkeye Arena at 12 p.m. CST. Fans who can’t make it to the meet will be able to watch live on Big Ten Network or view live stats on Iowa's athletics website, HawkeyeSports.com. They can also follow the team on Twitter (@NebraskaMGym) or on Facebook (facebook.com/NebraskaMGym) for live updates throughout the meet.
Scouting the No. 10 Hawkeyes
A Glance at Iowa
Head Coach: JD Reive
2013 Record: 7-12
2013 NCAA Finish: 5th
No. 10 Iowa began their season where most other Big Ten teams did, at the Windy City Invitational on Jan. 19. The Hawkeyes finished the meet in fifth, earning a team score of 417.700. Iowa then took a week off before continuing on to Norman, Okla., to face the No. 2 Sooners. After suffereing a loss on the road, the Hawkeyes returned home to host No. 5 Illinois, who won with a score of 433.350-420.300.
Scouting the No. 6 Golden Gophers
A Glance at Minnesota
Head Coach: Mike Burns
2013 Record: 9-7
2013 NCAA Finish: 4th/6 (Session 1)
Since their last meeting with the Huskers, No. 6 Minnesota traveled to Colorado Springs, Colo., to face No. 9 Air Force on Feb. 8. The Golden Gophers won with a score of 434.200-431.550. Minnesota is now ranked in the top three on three events, including tied for second on vault and third on floor exercise.
Select members of the Husker lineup will have the opportunity to compete at the Winter Cup in Las Vegas on Feb. 20-22. The rest of the Nebraska team will get a week off before flying to Columbus, Ohio, to face No. 3 Ohio State, No. 5 Stanford, No. 6 Minnesota and Iowa at the Arnold Challenge. The meet will be held St. John Arena at 2 p.m. CST. NU will then continue on to Norman, Okla., where they will face the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners on March 9.
Last Time Out: Freshmen See Growth on Road
The No. 10 Nebraska men's gymnastics team faced reigning NCAA champion No. 2 Michigan Saturday night at their first regular-season dual in school history. The Huskers earned a team score of 416.050, struggling to match the Wolverines' strong 443.650 team score.
Freshman Travis Gollott and redshirt freshman Austin Epperson earned multiple personal bests between the two. Gollott earned a new floor best of 14.60, while Epperson earned a new best on high bar (14.45).
Senior Eric Schryver earned second on high bar for the second week in a row with a score of 14.60. Schryver also finished within the top five on pommel horse, earning a 14.15 for his routine.
Junior Robbie Kocks continued to hold on to the team lead on still rings, earning a 14.90. His routine placed him third overall on the event, only falling to Michigan's Jordan Gaarenstroom and Alex Bubnov, both who scored a 15.35.
Junior Grant Perdue contined to excell on floor, grabbing a 15.05 for his routine. This score put him in third overall on the event. Aycock (vault), Schaaf (vault) and Epperson (high bar) all finished within the top five on individual events
Nebraska Drops to No. 11 in National Rankings
The Huskers fell to eleventh in the national rankings after their fourth meet of the season. Nebraska also dropped to seventh in the Big Ten rankings. Oklahoma topped the rankings for the fifth week in a row with an three-meet average team score of 445.050. Michigan held onto second, followed by Stanford, Ohio State and Illinois.
Nebraska stayed within the top ten in three events. They came in eighth on rings, while droping to tenth on pommel horse. NU remained tenth on high bar for the second week in a row.
Individually, five different Huskers finished the week in the national rankings. Junior Robbie Kocks made the still rings list for the sixth week in a row, finishing the week at No. 10.
Eric Schryver dropped to No. 20 on pommel horse, tied with Oklahoma's Allan Bower and Michigan's Adrian de los Angeles. They all average 14.55 after their three best meets. Sophomore and returning All-American Sam Chamberlain fell to the No. 17 spot on the parallel bars rankings with a three-score average of 14.683.
Junior Grant Perdue dropped out of the vault rankings, however continued to hold the No. 17 spot on floor. Senior C.J. Schaaf jumped back into the all-around list, moving into eight with an average of 82.550.