March 9, 2013
Final Results (PDF)
The University of Minnesota men's gymnastics team dropped a road decision at Illinois on Friday night.
The No. 7 Gophers and No. 6 Illini competed in a new, unique head-to-head match play format. Both teams participated on the same event in alternating fashion going head-to-head. The winning gymnast scored one point for his team, so there was a total of five points available for each event and a total of 30 points were up for grabs with this new format.
Illinois swept the vault and high bar, earning all ten points as it pulled away from Minnesota to claim a 21-9 win against the Gophers using the alternative scoring system. Traditional scores were kept as well, with Illinois winning 430.600 – 420.650.
Minnesota’s best rotation using the new format was the parallel bars, as it earned three of the possible five points. Ellis Mannon (14.350), Harris Coleman (14.700) and Steve Jaciuk (14.900) all notched wins for the Gophers on the event.
The trio of Mannon, Coleman and Jaciuk tallied six of Minnesota’s nine points, as they each posted two wins. Mannon and Coleman also won their matchups on the pommel horse, while Jaciuk was victorious on the rings.
The Gophers recorded two points each on the floor exercise, pommel horse and still rings. Matt Frey and Adam Kern each registered a point on the floor exercise, while Jack Metcalf counted a win for the Gophers on the still rings.
Minnesota’s best individual performance was posted by Ellis Mannon on the pommel horse. Mannon notched a career-high 15.300 on the event to easily beat the Illini’s Malcom Brown (13.700) and secure the point for Minnesota.
The Gophers are at Nebraska on March 16, where they will participate in a tri-meet with Iowa. Minnesota has beaten both Nebraska and Iowa at home this year. The Gophers also suffered a loss on the road at Iowa.