No. 11 Nebraska at Arnold Challenge
Saturday, March 1 | 2 p.m. CST
Columbus, Ohio (St. John Arena)
The No. 11 Nebraska men’s gymnastics team looks to jump back into action after a bye week, facing four top-ten teams at the Arnold Challenge. The Huskers will face Big Ten rivals No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 8 Iowa, as well Arizona State and the Canadian National Team. The meet will take place at St. John Arena at 2 p.m. CST. Fans who can’t make it to the meet will be able to view live stats on Ohio State's athletics website, OhioStateBuckeyes.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. 2 Wolverines
A Glance at Michigan
Head Coach: Kurt Golder
2013 Record: 11-2
2013 NCAA Finish: 1st
Since their last meeting with the Huskers, No. 2 Michigan took a week off to prepare some of their gymnasts for the 2014 Winter Cup. Juniors Stacey Ervin and Adrian de los Angeles made it to the finals, however neither were named to the Senior National Team. The rest of the team has spent their time off preparing for the final stretch of their regular season. Senior Sam Mikulak, a strong member of the U.S. National Team, will be competing in the American Cup instead of traveling to Columbus with his teammates.
Scouting the No. 3 Buckeyes
A Glance at Ohio State
Head Coach: Rustam Sharipov
2013 Record: 6-6-1
2013 NCAA Finish: 5/6 (Qualifier Session 1)
No. 3 Ohio State kicked off their season with a majority of the other Big Ten teams at the Windy City Invitational on Jan. 19. The Buckeyes finished the meet tied for second with Illinois, earning a team score of 436.050. Ohio then suffered two road losses against Illinois and Michigan, before returning home for their first victory of the season. The team beat California for their home opener with a score of 443.300. Ohio State freshman Sean Melton was named to the U.S. Senior Men's National team at the 2014 Winter Cup. Melton was also named Big Ten Gymnast and Freshman of the Week and CGA Gymnast of the Week after his performance at the Winter Cup.
Scouting the No. 8 Hawkeyes
A Glance at Iowa
Head Coach: JD Reive
2013 Record: 7-12
2013 NCAA Finish: 5th
Since their last meeting with the Huskers, No. 8 Iowa traveled to Chicago to face off against the UIC Flames. The Hawkeyes won on the road, beating UIC 431.400-409.900. One Iowa gymnast, Matt McGrath, moved on to the finals at the Winter Cup last week.
NU will continue on to their last away meet of the normal season in Norman, Okla. They will face the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners on March 9 at 4 p.m. Nebraska will then return home for their senior night meet. The Huskers will face off against Iowa, Minnesota, Air Force and Illinois for their last meet of the regular season. The team will then take a week off before hosting the six other conference teams at the Big Ten Championships on March 28-29.
Last Time Out: Huskers' Individual Confidence Shows in Iowa City
The No. 11 Nebraska men's gymnastics team met for a triangular against conference foes No. 6 Minnesota and No. 10 Iowa at Carver Hawkeye Arena. NU earned a team score of 418.150, finishing in third behind the Golden Gophers (437.400) and the Hawkeyes (433.050). Junior Robbie Kocks continued to show strength on the still rings, tying for the individual event title with Minnesota's Steve Jaciuk. Sam Chamberlain also placed within the top three on an individual event, tying for third on parallel bars with Minnesota's Ellis Mannon.
Nebraska Drops to No. 11 in National Rankings
The Huskers retained eleventh in the national rankings after their fifth meet of the season. This kept Nebraska at seventh in the Big Ten rankings. Oklahoma topped the rankings for the seventh week in a row with a three-meet average team score of 445.050. Michigan held onto second, followed by Ohio State, Stanford and Minnesota.
Nebraska stayed within the top ten on still rings and parallel bars, where they came in tenth on both. The Huskers came in twelfth on floor, pommel horse and high bar and thirtheenth on vault.
Individually, five different Huskers finished the week in the top twenty on the national rankings. Junior Robbie Kocks made the still rings list for the eighth week in a row, dropping out of the top ten to No. 13.
Eric Schryver moved up one place to No. 19 on pommel horse. He improved his average to 14.683 after averaging his three best meets. Sophomore and returning All-American Sam Chamberlain fell again, this time to the No. 19 spot on the parallel bars rankings, despite his three-score average improving to 14.850.
Junior Grant Perdue dropped one place to No. 18 on floor. Senior C.J. Schaaf made the top twenty once again in the all-around, coming in at fifteenth with an average of 82.550.