IOWA CITY, Iowa – The 10th-ranked University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team defeated No. 7 Nebraska, 406.700-403.550, on Saturday evening at the UI Field House. Iowa’s 406.700 marked a season high.
QUOTING COACH REIVE
“I would say we had five really good events but we did not finish on our last, which was high bar, and we have done well on that this season. We have just been plugging away. It was nice to hit a stride right away on the first event and carry that through to get some energy and rhythm. I think they performed incredibly well today and they have been training well. It is really nice to be rewarded like this, where it shows that their attention to detail is showing up, and I expect this to continue along.”
HEAR FROM THE HAWKEYES
“It got harder with the five on five up count, so everyone was really looking to depend on each other hitting. One fall could be detrimental to the next guy, and we all knew that. We all put our trust in each other and we have all been trying to push the lineups to try and get in there and that helps us to improve. That all leads to the final score and it worked out well today.”
Iowa earned a team-high score on five rotations including: floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, and parallel bars. Andrew Herrador captured the all-around title with a career-best 79.850. Senior Jake Brodarzon captured two event titles on rings and parallel bars. The Hawkeyes posted eleven career-bests and eight season bests.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Huang led the Hawkeyes with a career-high 14.600 to place first. Herrador posted a season-high 14.200 (2nd) and freshman Evan Davis crushed his season-best with a 13.700 (T-3rd) to contribute to Iowa’s season-best team score of 68.400.
Senior Kevin Johnson and sophomore Addison Chung both posted career bests with 14.000 (1st) and 13.300 (T5th), respectively. Davis registered a season-best 13.050 to tie for eighth and junior Nick Merryman garnered a season-best 13.550 (3rd). Iowa topped their season-best pommel horse score with a 67.200.
Senior Jake Brodarzon led Iowa with a season-best 14.050 (1st). Junior Brandon Wong earned a career-best 13.900 to place second. Chung and redshirt sophomore Tyler Ball posted season bests with scores of 13.650 (5th) and 13.750 (3rd). Merryman posted a season-high to contribute 13.500 (T8th) to Iowa’s third season-high team score of the night (68.850).
Chung led the Hawkeyes on vault, tying a career-high 14.450 to place third. Junior Mitch Mandozzi and freshman Stewart Brown both topped career-highs with a 14.200 (6th) and 14.250 (5th), respectively. The Hawkeyes posted another season-best rotation score (71.200).
Brodarzon led Iowa with a career-best 14.300 to place first. Merryman garnered a career-best 13.900 to tie for second. The Hawkeyes posted another season-high rotation score with 67.750.
Huang led Iowa with a 13.200 to place second, and Chung posted a season-high 12.250 to place eighth.
Herrador placed first in the all-around competition with a career-best 79.850. He posted a season-best 14.200 (2nd) on floor. He also contributed 13.050 (T8th) on pommel horse, 14.000 (T8th) on vault, and 13.100 (T3rd) on high bar.
The Hawkeyes travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, on March 9 to compete against the Wolverines. The meet begins at 1 p.m. (CT).