Gophers Set for B1G Championships
Senior Ellis Mannon is the reigning Big Ten pommel horse champion. He will look to defend his title this weekend.
March 26, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS - The No. 6 -ranked University of Minnesota men's gymnastics team will travel to University Park, Pa. this weekend to compete in the 2015 Big Ten Championships. The event will be held on Friday and Saturday evening at the Penn State Rec Hall.

Fans can watch the event on BTN/BTN2Go beginning at 6:00 p.m. CT or follow the live stats link for the most up-to-date coverage of the event. Please visit the Big Ten Championships page for all the information regarding teams, tickets, streaming and stats.

Quad-Meet Recap
Two weekends ago, Minnesota traveled to Lincoln, Neb. where they earned a score of 434.00 for an upset win over the No. 2 Penn Sate Nittany Lions (432.100), Iowa Hawkeyes (429.250) and the Nebraska Cornhuskers (426.050).

On the pommel horse, senior Ellis Mannon capped a sucessful meet for the Maroon and Gold as he tallied a 15.800, leading him to the event title. Junior co-captain Paul Montague, Jr. earned the second highest score for the Gophers on the apparatus with a 14.850.

On the still rings, senior Steve Jaciuk notched a 15.200 to set the pace for the Maroon and Gold followed by a pair of 14.800s by fellow senior Jack Metcalf and Montague.

Freshman Yaroslav Pochinka earned his second consecutive vault title in his third collegiate competition with a 15.100. Senior Sean Bauer earned the second highest score on the night for the Gophers with a 14.800.

On the parallel bars, Mannon contributed a 15.350 earning him second on the apparatus. Jackiuk landed in the top three with a 15.150.

On the high bar, Jackiuk also earned a top placement with fourth overall with a 14.450. Freshman Jalon Stephens earned a 14.400, contributing to the team total of 71.100.

On floor exercise, Bauer tallied a 15.050. Freshman Alex Wittenberg and sophomore Zach Liebler both contributed to the high team score of 73.700 with 14.850 and 14.750, respectively.

2014 Big Ten Championships
Last season at the 2014 Big Ten Championships, the Gophers earned fifth place overall with a final team total of 429.150. The Michigan Wolverines took first marking their second consecutive conference championship win and 17th overall. The Ohio State Buckeyes came in second (441.050) followed by the Penn State Nittany Lions (438.000).

Four Gophers, Jackiuk, Mannon, senior Jack Metcalf and Zach Chase advanced to the individual finals on Saturday. Michigan's Sam Mikulak earned the all-around title with 93.700 points. He defeated Sean Melton from Ohio State by 3.950 points.

On Saturday, Mannon was crowned the Big Ten Pommel Horse Champion with a score of 15.325.

Gophers vs. B1G Foes in 2015

Illinois: The Gophers met the Illini twice this season with the first action at the Windy City Invite. Illinois earned first first overall of the six-team meet with a score of 428.100. Minnesota came in fifth with a score of 410.450. The second meeting was in the second regular season competition of the season in Champaign, Ill., where they beat the Gophers 435.200-419.800.

Iowa: The first meeting of the Gophers and the Hawkeyes came at the Windy City Invite where the Hawkeyes (414.000) finished narrowly ahead of Minnesota (410.450). Iowa hosted the second meeting where they defeated Minnesota 435.400-433.600 and Nebraska (420.250). The third meeting of the two teams came at the Gophers last home meet of the season and senior night. Minnesota came in first (436.250) to Iowa (421.700), which marked the season high score and second highest score in program history (*Prior to the 2013 season, scoring was changed to reflect scores from five gymnasts). Minnesota last saw the Hawkeyes two weekend's ago in Lincoln.

Michigan: The Wolverines only saw action against the Gophers once this season at the Windy City Invite. The two-time defending national champions fell to Illinois and came in second with a score of 422.950.

Nebraska: The first Cornhuskers/Gophers meeting was at the second home meet of the season with fellow guest, UIC. Minnesota defeated Nebraska and UIC with a score of 429.900. The second meeting was back-to-back as the Cornhuskers and Gophers traveled to Iowa City. Iowa claimed the team title with a total of 435.400 followed by Minnesota (433.600) and Nebraska (420.250). The third meeting of the season occurred at the last regular season meet where the Cornhuskers finished fourth (426.050) to Minnesota (434.00), Penn State (425.100) and Iowa (429.250).

Ohio State: The Buckeyes only saw action against the Gophers once this season at the Windy City Invite. Ohio State finished third in the six-team meet with a final team total of 414.800.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions only saw action against the Gophers once this season at the last regular season meet. Penn State was narrowly edged out by Minnesota (432.100) for the team title with a score of 425.100 and defeated Iowa (429.250) and Nebraska (426.050). At the time, Penn State was ranked No. 2 in the national rankings.

Gophers in the National Rankings
Minnesota is currently in sixth place in the national rankings.

The top three spots are held by Oklahoma, Penn State and Stanford, respectively. Six of the Big Ten teams are within the Top 10 nationally; Michigan (No.4) Illinois (No.5), Iowa (No.7), Ohio State (No.9) and Nebraska (No.11).

Mannon Named Nissen-Emery Finalist
University of Minnesota senior gymnast Ellis Mannon was named one of the six finalists for the prestigious 2015 Nissen-Emery Award.

The Nissen-Emery Award is given annually to the nation's outstanding senior gymnast and is the most coveted award in collegiate gymnastics. The award is named in honor of George Nissen, a three-time NCAA champion at the University of Iowa, for his contributions to the sport and Dr. Bob Emery, the 1969 recipient of the Nissen Award.

Three Gophers have received the award since 1966 including Tim LaFleur (1978), John Roethlisberger (1993) and most recently, Guillermo Alvarez (2005). Read the full release and learn more about the Nissen-Emery Award here.

After the Big Ten Championships
The Maroon and Gold will take a one-week break to prepare for the NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. The NCAA Qualifying Round will take place on Thursday, April 9, with the NCAA Championships set for Friday-Saturday, April 10-11.

Follow the Gophers
To follow all of the action of the University of Minnesota men's gymnastics team, follow @GopherMGym on Twitter and Instagram.

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