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The No. 10 Nebraska men's gymnastics team dualed with the No. 8 Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday night, falling short with a score of 427.500-425.400. The two teams remained within three points of each other, switching back and forth throughout the night.
The Huskers started off the evening on pommel horse. Having a difficult time getting started, the first few gymnasts on the event struggled in the middle of their routines. Junior Eric Schryver proved his position as leader on the event once again, posting the team's best score on the event (14.60). Wyatt Aycock and Ethan Lottman followed, scoring a 13.85 and 13.70 respectively.
NU then moved to floor for their second rotation. Nebraska swept the event with their last three athletes performing strong routines. Sophomore Louis Klein took home his first individual event title on floor, earning a solid 15.20 on the aparatus. Co-captain Mark Ringle and All-American Grant Perdue followed closely behind, tying for second overall with a 15.05.
Nebraska finished out the first half of the meet on vault. The Huskers continued to match the Hawkeyes' efforts, grabbing two of the four podium spots in the event overall. Klein secured second place, scoring a 14.70 on his vault. Perdue nabbed a third place with his score of 14.65, tying with Iowa's William Albert.
The Huskers struggled on rings, but still managed to earn three scores above a 14.00. Sophomore Robbie Kocks led Nebraska on the event, earning a 14.60 for his solid routine. All-arounder CJ Schaaf posted a 14.30, followed by rings specialist Donovan Arndt with a 14.10.
Nebraska made its way to high bar for their fifth rotation, where they struggled. Sophomore Connor Stillwell started off the event with a trouble-ridden routine, earning a 12.15 after falling early on. Klein (12.75) also failed to break 13.00 after having some momentum issues in the middle of his set. Schryver led the Huskers on high bar, scoring a 14.50. That earned him second place overall on the event. Schaaf followed, grabbing third overall with his score of 14.35.
The Huskers finished out the meet on parallel bars, where the made a last-minute effort to rise above the No. 8 Hawkeyes. Freshman Sammy Chamberlain led Nebraska with his 14.85 routine. Ringle followed with a 14.75, then Schryver with a 14.60. Chamberlain earned second in the event overall, follwed by Ringle who earned third.
Junior CJ Schaaf took home second in the all-around, scoring a consistent 80
NU returns home next weekend for their first of two consecutive home meets. On March 3, the Huskers will host No. 2 Oklahoma. The meet will be held in the Devaney Center track facilities at 1 p.m. CST. Nebraska then gets a week off before hosting Iowa and Minnesota for senior night. That meet will also be on the track and begins at 7 p.m. CST.