Gophers men’s gymnastics beat Nebraska on the road

Minnesota scored team bests in four events.

Freshman Justin Karstadt competes on the parallel bars at the Sports Pavilion on Feb. 13, 2016.

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Freshman Justin Karstadt competes on the parallel bars at the Sports Pavilion on Feb. 13, 2016.

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The Gophers needed the third-highest score in the NCAA this season to earn a road victory.

Minnesota earned a team-high score to defeat Nebraska 426.950-425.550 in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday.

“We started strong and we kept at it,” said head coach Mike Burns. “Overall, it was one of those meets that you kind of dream about as a coach.”

The Gophers bested the Cornhuskers in four of the six events in the meet.

Sophomore Justin Karstadt earned a new personal best in his all-around performance. Karstadt earned first-place finishes in two events — pommel horse and parallel bars. He also finished first in All-Around performance with an 87.050.

“We were on an upwards track, but we haven’t really made a statement yet, so that was our main goal,” Karstadt said. “We almost hit all of our routines, so we got a big score.”

Senior Zach Liebler tied for second on the floor, scoring 14.800. Minnesota beat Nebraska in the floor 72.800-72.550.

Junior Joel Gagnon finished in first place in the high bar, tallying a score of 14.650.

Gagnon tied for second in the vault, scoring a 14.850. ­­­The team used its home tradition of the slow clap during the vault and earned a season-high 73.600.

“It was great, it felt like I was back at the Pavilion,” Burns said.

Minnesota’s next event is the Big Ten Championships. The Gophers come into the championships as the third-highest ranked team in the Big Ten. The Gophers are currently on a three-dual winning streak.

“The guys really deserved everything they got [against Nebraska],” Burns said. “They went out and they took what they wanted, and that was a big win.”