Colorado Springs, CO- NU returned to Colorado Springs for a second appearance this season at the Air Force Academy for an Army vs. Air Force triangle where they were victorious to land in first place against both academies. and achieved their best team score of the 2022 season.
Nebraska worked diligently to win an impressive total of 6 event titles for the triangle this afternoon, including the all-around.
Senior Charlie Gilles showed up in style for the Big Red, winning a total of three event titles. Giles won the titles on vault, pommel horse and floor with a score of 14.95, 14.25 and a career-high 14.65 on floor.
To restart the meeting, the Huskers were led to the rings by seniors Dylan LeClair who notched a 13.65 for the Big Red. Following, freshman Joey Pepe posted a 12.15, and junior Liam Doherty-Herwitz put a 13.25. Junior Dylan Young scored a 13.75, while the full contender Sam Phillips anchored the rotation with a career high of 13.10.
NU entered the second rotation in second place behind Air Force with a score of 65.900-70.250. Army scored a 56.050 in the first rotation.
Nebraska dominated on the floor for the second rotation with Charlie Gilles pointing NU in the right direction, after setting a career-high 14.65, good for the event title. Maintain momentum, Chris Hiser followed with a career high of 14.25 and Taylor Christopulos with a 14.20. Jacques Bonnay impressed with a 14.50 for Nebraska. Sam Phillips finished the rotation with a solid score of 14.05.
Nebraska scored a 137.550, taking first place after the second rotation. The Air Force and Army followed with a score of 133.050 and 121.850 respectively.
Bar in the third rotation on pommel horse, freshman Travis Wang and senior Kahlil Jackson both impressed with their strength after posting a career-high 13.55 for Wong. Charlie Gilles posted a 14.25 for the team, winning the pommel title. Taylor Christopulos and Donte McKinney scored 13.25 and 12.10 respectively.
The Huskers head into the fourth rotation to retain first place with a team score of 204.900. The Air Force follows in second place with 198,800 and the Army in third with 190,900.
Nebraska moved to high bar for the fourth rotation with a team score of 66.000. Donte McKinney recorded a 13.50. not far behind, Taylor Christopulos scored a 13.45. Joey Pepe landed an 11.85 while Dillan King collected a 13.20. Sam Phillips set up a 14.00 to anchor the rotation and win the event title.
Neck and neck, NU leads the triangular with a 270.900. Air Force and Army Trail with 270,150 and 255,100 respectively.
Big Red showed the jump for spin five. Once again senior Charlie Gilles gave way to NU with a 14.95, claiming the title of the event. Not far behind, Christopulos had a 14.85 and McKinney had a 14.70. Joey Pepe set a career high with a score of 14.10. Phillips wrapped up the rotation, shooting a 14.40 for the Huskers.
NU has a 344,650 entering the final rotation. The Air Force ranks second with 335,700 and the Army third with
In the final rotation of the afternoon, the Huskers competed on the parallel bars. Nebraska team captain Dillan King recorded a career-high 14.25, capturing the parallel bars title. Just behind, Sam Phillips scored a 14.05 and Dylan LeClair landed a 13.45. Joey Pepe and Liam Doherty-Herwitz scored 12.40 and 12.80 respectively.
The Nebraska Huskers wrapped up the tri-meeting with a first-place finish and a season-high team score of 411.600. The Air Force took second place with a score of 398.800 and the Army in third place with a score of 387.500.
The Huskers are scheduled to take on Ohio State next weekend for their final regular season meeting in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, March 20 at 12:00 p.m. CT. The match will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.