Iowa Wins 5 Event Titles Against Nebraska

IOWA CITY, Iowa  -- The No.10 University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team won five event titles as it fell to No. 5 Nebraska, 398.500-402.800, on Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.




The Hawkeyes earned five individual career and season-best scores and one team-high score.




Floor: The Hawkeyes started the night off on floor, recording one career and one season-high score. Senior Dylan Ellsworth led the way, notching a season-high 14.000 to finish second. Redshirt senior Mark Springett tied his season-high of 13.900 to earn a fifth-place finish. Sophomore Brandon Wong finished ninth with a career-best 13.100.


Pommel Horse: Senior Austin Hodges won Iowa’s first event title, notching a 14.200 on pommel horse. Junior Kevin Johnson recorded a fifth-place finish (13.600) with sophomore Nick Merryman following in sixth (13.200).


Rings: Junior Jake Brodarzon notched Iowa’s second event title of the night with a career-high 13.900 as the Hawkeyes earned a season-high 67.750 on the event. Springett recorded a season-high 13.650 and finished in third. Junior Rogelio Vazquez and Ellsworth rounded out the top-five, both tying for fourth with a 13.550.


Vault: Ellsworth led the way on vault, winning the event title with a season-high 14.850. Freshman Bennet Huang earned a fourth-place finish and a career-best 14.150.Brodarzon notched a career-best 13.600 and finished sixth.


Parallel Bars: Ellsworth won his second event title of the night with a season-best 13.750. Vazquez finished runner-up with a 13.700 and Brodarzon finished sixth with a career-best 13.350.


High Bar: Sophomore Andrew Herrador won Iowa’s fifth event title of the night with a season-high 13.700. Huang notched his second top-five finish of the night, finishing fourth with a 13.300.




“Today did not go as well as we had hoped. We went to five-up-five-count which means there are no mulligans and we had 11 mulligans. That’s not what we want to do. We took some uncharacteristic falls and those things stayed with us. We have guys that are good on pommel horse and they cannot have those falls. We’re still counting a number of falls on other events. We have to be better in our strengths and not have misses. Floor is one of our weaker events, but we did well there today. Ellsworth was amazing today and he didn’t get the backup from his teammates that he needed but that is sport.”




The Hawkeyes host No. 2 Penn State and No. 13 Arizona State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on March 3. The meet is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT).

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