April 21, 2013
University of Minnesota sophomore Ellis Mannon completed a remarkable season on the pommel horse with a second-place finish at the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championship. Mannon posted a 14.900 to place second to Ohio State’s Michael Newburger, who won the title with a 15.450.
Mannon, who was trying to become the first Gopher since Clay Strother in 2002 (pommel horse and floor exercise) to win an NCAA title, was also named All-American. Mannon, who was ranked No. 3 nationally in the event, finished second on pommel horse at the Big Ten Championships two weeks ago.
“Ellis has been so consistent on the pommel horse throughout the championship season,” said Minnesota coach Mike Burns. “He was a perfect five-for-five hit percentage at the Big Ten Championships and the NCAA Championship. His hard work and dedication have certainly paid off for him this season. I am excited for Ellis and for the entire Minnesota Golden Gopher gymnastics program. It’s always great to come home from the NCAA Championship with some hardware.
Mannon was the lone Gopher to advance to the individual finals.
NCAA Championship – Individual Pommel Horse Results
1. Michael Newburger, Ohio State, 15.450
2. Ellis Mannon, Minnesota, 14.900
3. John Martin, Stanford, 14.775
4. Sam Mikulak, Michigan, 14.700
5. Adrian Evans, Penn State, 14.675
T6. Michael Reid, Oklahoma, 14.575
T6. Dylan James, Michigan, 14.575
8. Takahiro Kawada, California, 14.475
9. Taymond White, Oklahoma, 13.650
10. Garrek Hojan-Clark, Army, 13.425
No. 5 Minnesota Travels to No. 6 Nebraska
The Golden Gophers will travel to Lincoln, Neb. this Saturday, March 25 for the second meeting against No. 6 Nebraska this season.
Wiskus Wins All-Around for Team USA
Incoming freshman Shane Wiskus earned gold in the senior all-around competition at the University of Calgary International Cup this past Friday.
Gophers Sweep Podium in Home Finale
Minnesota topped UIC with a final score of 413.500-372.700 on Saturday afternoon at the Sports Pavilion. The win marked an undefeated season at home for the Golden Gophers this season.