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LINCOLN, Neb. — Sophomore Evan Davis set multiple career bests, but the University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team fell to Nebraska, 409.850-402.850, inside the Devaney Center on Sunday.
Davis earned his career-best scores on the floor (14.400), rings (13.500), parallel bars (13.650) and high bar (13.750).
Senior Mitch Mandozzi won the vault event and also had a career-high score (14.600).
Senior Brandon Wong won the rings event with a score of 13.800.
HEAR FROM COACH REIVE
“Nobody enjoys losing,” head coach JD Reive said. “The team score and several individual performances were quite good.”
“Evan (Davis) career bests along with Mitch Mandozzi’s first event title stands out. Brandon Wong took the rings title as well. Bennet had a solid all-around performance. Our underclassmen are steadily improving but we have plenty focus on heading into Minnesota this Saturday. We are still not at a point where we have a full team lineup with the ideal counting scores. The team will understand this, so now we do what we do. Get back to work and practice being better than we were yesterday.”
The Hawkeyes posted a team score of 69.400 on their floor performance. Sophomore Evan Davis posted his career-best score of 14.400. Huang recorded a 14.050 for his performance. Tope scored a 13.900 and junior Kulani Taylor scored a 13.600. Sophomore Noah Scigliano recorded a 13.450. Brown scored a 13.250.
The Hawkeyes started the meet on the pommel horse and had a team score of 64.850. Huang led the team with a score of 13.450. Tope earned his season-best score of 13.250. Chung posted a 13.150. Mandozzi scored a 12.800 and Merryman followed with 12.200. Brown competed in the all-around and posted an 11.700.
The Hawkeyes collected a score of 64.900 on the still rings. Wong lwong the event with 13.800. Davis earned a 13.500, beating his once career-best score of 13.450. Freshman Reuven Anderson beat his season-best score with a 13.200. Tope posted a 12.700 and Huang scored 11.700. Brown finished on rings with a 10.950.
The Hawkeyes scored a total of 70.950 on the vault. Mandozzi won the event and earned his career-best score of 14.600. Huang posted a 14.450, which was 0.100 away from tying his career-best. Scigliano scored a 14.350 and Tope posted a 13.900. Wong posted a 13.650. Brown scored 13.400 in his performance.
The Hawkeyes finished the meet on parallel bars (66.000). Davis earned another career-best on the parallel bars (13.650). Tope collected a score of 13.350 and Huang earned 13.450. Brown finished with a score of 13.050. Helberg scored 12.500 and Mandozzi scored a 12.300.
The Hawkeyes scored a collective 66.150 on the high bar. Davis scored his new career-best on the high bar (13.750). Mandozzi scored a 13.550 and Scigliano earned a 13.350 to finish their performance. Huang scored a 13.150, followed by Walther (13.050) and Helberg (13.000).
Huang and Brown were competing in the all-around for the Hawkeyes. However, Brown didn’t finish the event. Huang posted an all-around score of 80.250. He earned a 14.050 on floor, 13.450 on the pommel horse, 11.700 on rings, 14.450 on vault, 13.450 on parallel bars, and 13.150 on high bar.
The Hawkeyes open their home slate against Minnesota and UIC Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. (CT) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.