Air Force Claims Two Wins in Loss at #9 Nebraska
Jan. 25, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. - Air Force junior Skyler Awisus paced the 11th-ranked men's gymnastics team (415.300) to the top four scores on the high bar during the team's dual meet at ninth-ranked Nebraska (420.650) on Saturday, Jan. 25. Awisus was one of two event winners for the Falcons, as freshman Tim Wang claimed his first collegiate title in the all-around.
Awisus tallied a season-best score of 13.950 to win the high bar, while freshman Chase Cannon recorded a 13.600 in his event debut to finish second. Senior Mac Ritchie and Wang rounded out the Falcons' sweep, as they tied for third with matching scores of 13.500.
Wang, who tallied an 83.600 to win the all-around, also paced the Falcons on the pommel horse and accounted for top-six finishes on the floor exercise, vault and parallel bars. After recording the fifth-best pommel horse score in Academy history (14.650) to finish second on that event, Wang tied for fourth on the parallel bars (13.850), finished sixth on the vault (career-best 14.400) and tied for the same placement on the floor exercise (13.900).
Junior Corbin Palmer and senior Tyler Huebner also accounted for runner-up finishes in their respective events. Palmer scored a season-high 14.450 to take second on the floor exercise, while Huebner improved his season-high to 14.700 during a second-place finish on the still rings.
Junior Greg Chaput made his season debut in Nebraska, recording a career-high 14.500 to finish fifth on the pommel horse (a score ranked eighth on the all-time list) and tying with Wang for fourth on the parallel bars (13.850).
Five more Falcons earned finishes within the top half of the field, including sophomore Denis Aurelius and senior Ben Zaiser, who finished fourth (season-high 14.600) and fifth (season-high 14.450), respectively, on the vault. Junior Jon Spiro finished fifth on the still rings (14.200), classmate Josh Ramos placed sixth on the floor exercise (13.900) and senior Nick Owen rounded out the top-six finishers with a sixth-place finish on the pommel horse (13.750).
Air Force returns to action next Saturday (Feb. 1), when it travels to Houston, Texas, for the annual All-Academy Championships at 1:00 p.m.