April 21, 2013
Minnesota sophomore Ellis Mannon will compete for an NCAA title today on the pommel horse in the Men's Gymnastics Championship in University Park, Pa.
Mannon was the lone Gopher to advance to the individual finals, as he qualified second with a score of 15.000. Michael Reid of Oklahoma was first with a 15.150.
A victory would make Mannon the third Gopher (fourth overall title) to win an NCAA championhsip on the pommel horse, as he would join Clay Strother (2001, 2002) and John Roethlisberger (1993). Strother, who also won an NCAA title on floor exercise in 2002 is the last Gopher to earn collegiate gymnastics highest honor.
Mannon, who will be the seventh of 10 gymnasts to compete, entered the NCAA Championship ranked third in the nation on the pommel horse. No. 1-ranked Craig Hernandez of Penn State did not advance, but second-ranked Garrek Hojan-Clark of Army did advance as he grabbed the final qualifying spot with a 14.550. Reid, who won the qualifier, was ranked No. 11 entering the championship.
Preview: Gophers set for quad at Stanford
Minnesota will travel this weekend to compete against Stanford, and the National Teams from both Japan and Canada.
Day Two: Winter Cup Challenge
Stephens finished 23rd in the all-around competition, while alum Mannon finished fifth on pommel horse. Incoming freshman Wiskus also competed in the all-around finals, finishing 12th.
Day One: Winter Cup Challenge
Stephens, Wiskus, Mannon advance to the 2017 Winter Cup Challenge finals this Saturday, Feb. 18. in Las Vegas, Nev.