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Nebraska vs. Iowa and Minnesota mens gymnastics

Nebraska's Grant Perdue competes on the floor exercise during a triangular at the Devaney Sports Center on March 16, 2013. Perdue is a returning All-American this season.

Nebraska gymnast Grant Perdue admitted he was not happy with his 15.150 on the floor exercise Saturday.

It just wasn’t quite up to his expectations.

But the sophomore took the win and also took home the individual title in the vault with a 15.250 in the triangular at the Devaney Sports Center. The two scores were good enough to give the No. 10 Huskers a second-place finish with a season-high 427.700. Seventh-ranked Minnesota earned the team title with a 430.300. No. 9 Iowa was third with a 426.300.

“I was not that happy with my score. It’s a fairly new routine on the floor and there were a couple of passes at the end … they just didn’t feel good,” Perdue said. “But the rest of the routine, for it being new, I was happy with that.

“My vault, I’ve been training that vault repetitively.”

Nebraska stayed close to the Golden Gophers throughout the evening, even taking a lead after four rotations. The first time the Huskers competed against Minnesota this season, the Huskers lost by 17.350 points.

“We did some great things and we did some stupid things,” NU coach Chuck Chmelka said. “We hit 80 percent (of their routines) but we had six misses, and that kept us out of the 430s and away from a possible win.

“When we were up there, they creamed us by a number of points, so it was nice tonight. In a format like this (five athletes compete with their scores totaled), you can’t make mistakes.”

Nebraska was in the meet until a 68.400 on the pommel horse knocked it out of first place. The Huskers' highest score on the event was Eric Schryver’s 14.9.

“We’ve done everything. We’ve had intrasquads, we’ve worked,” Chmelka said. “We’re too good to keep making these mental mistakes, and that’s what they are … mental mistakes."

Sophomore Robbie Kocks was a bright spot for the Huskers. Kocks finished with the first 15.0 on the still rings of his career.

The Huskers will be looking for more consistency when they travel to Illinois next week to take on the sixth-ranked Illini. It will be the final regular-season meet.

“We just need more consistency and using the positive and not dwelling on the negatives,” Chmelka said. “We just need to fix the little things.”


Lori is a Lincoln Southeast and UNL grad and has been at the Journal Star since 1985. She covers NU gymnastics, softball and bowling and prep softball.

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