The Nebraska men’s gymnastics team opened its 2020 campaign with a solid showing, finishing second at the Rocky Mountain Open. Nebraska totaled 403.550 points, only behind No. 2 Oklahoma which ended the competition with 409.900. No. 6 Minnesota finished third with 391.250, No. 13 Air Force was fourth with 381.900, and Washington rounded out the top five with 375.350 points.
The Huskers were propelled to a great start thanks to a score of 69.25 in vault as senior Jake Bonnay (14.15), freshman Sam Phillips (14.00), junior Zach Peters (13.95), sophomore Evan Kriley (13.60), junior Griffin Kehler (13.55), and sophomore Charlie Giles (12.95) all contributed to the first rotation and helped Nebraska jump out to a big start.
Rotation two was on high bar as NU was led by sophomore Dillan King (13.95) and Bonnay (13.25), while Kehler and Evan Hymanson both finished with 13.15 to help the Huskers to a total team score of 65.00 in this rotation. Following the end of the second rotation, Nebraska led the competition with a total score of 137.65, followed closely by Oklahoma with 136.800
Rotation three featured high bar again with Nebraska once again finishing the rotation with a team score of 65.00
Rotation four proved to be the Huskers’ best of the day, as they claimed a team score of 70.00 on floor thanks to strong performances from Bonnay (14.45), Peters (14.20) and Kehler (13.95).
Nebraska enjoyed another solid showing during rotation five on the pommel horse, finishing with a team score of 67.650. Giles enjoyed a career-high score of 13.95 to lead the way. Nebraska and Oklahoma finished the fifth rotation tied for the lead with 338.850, while Minnesota, Air Force and Washington rounded out the top five.
The sixth and final rotation took place on rings with freshman Dylan Young leading the way with a score of 13.40 and freshman Nikita Bolotsky and Hymanson adding identical scores of 13.30.
Phillips was the only Husker to compete in the all-around competition at the Rocky Mountain Open, and he finished with a score of 73.350.
The Huskers’ next competition is the Tumble N’ Rumble, where they will face Iowa on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.