Gophers men’s gymnasts Wiskus, Moran and Bold shine at the Winter Cup

Shane Wiskus notched the highest two-day all-around score, finishing the weekend at 165.200.

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Shane Wiskus performs on the rings during the meet against against the Fighting Illini at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 24.

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Gophers men’s gymnastics senior Shane Wiskus, junior Mike Moran and sophomore Crew Bold all competed in the Winter Cup finals Sunday in Indianapolis, Indiana, after qualifying for the event finals through their opening night performances on Friday.

Wiskus

Wiskus, the Gophers’ senior captain, competed in his fourth career Winter Cup, finishing in fourth place with a score of 81.250 in Friday’s all-around competition. This performance allowed him to retain his spot on the U.S. Men’s National Team for the U.S. National Championships later this year and earned him the qualification to compete in all six events for the finals.

Following his qualification with a magnificent performance in the finals, Wiskus finished in the top three in five of the six events he competed in over the weekend. These high placements earned him the highest all-around total score of the weekend with 165.200.

With a score of 14.550 on the floor, Wiskus earned his only first-place finish of the event, totaling a two-day total of 28.550.

Wiskus earned second-place finishes on the parallel bars and the high bar, finishing with two-day scores of 27.750 and 27.100. On the vault and the still rings, Wiskus tied for third place with two-day scores of 28.400 and 28.000.

Monday afternoon Wiskus was named Co-Gymnast of the Week by the Big Ten Conference for the ninth time in his Gophers’ career.

Moran

In his second career Winter Cup, Junior Mike Moran scored a 76.850 on Friday to earn himself 14th place and a qualifying spot into the finals.

To conclude his weekend, Moran finished with the 11th highest two-day all-around total of the event scoring 152.150. This total is much higher than his total from last year’s Winter Cup, where he earned a score of 128.250 and finished in 17th place.

Moran tied for sixth on the floor (27.800) and seventh on the vault (28.200), finished in 15th place on the high bar (23.950), 18th on the still rings, 19th on the parallel bars and 20th on the pommel horse.

Bold

Competing in his first career Winter Cup, Bold qualified for the finals in all four of the events – pommel horse, still rings, parallel bars and high bar – he competed in.

While Bold did not earn a spot on the podium in any of the events, he finished in fourth place on the high bar, scoring a two-day total of 27.000.

Bold finished in 13th place on the still rings (26.250), 16th on the parallel bars and 23rd on the pommel horse (20.850).

“Our Gophers did another solid job out there again tonight,” Gophers’ head coach Mike Burns said. “Shane stepped us his game another notch from two nights ago, Mike did another six for six performance in the all-around and Crew just missed a spot on the awards stand on high bar with another great set on his signature event. While we weren’t as crisp everywhere as we wanted to be, these guys represented the maroon and gold extremely well on the national stage.”

What’s next

The Gophers host Penn State at the Maturi Pavilion on March 6 at noon.

This meet will serve as a senior day for the Gophers. Wiskus, Henry Meeker, Colton Dee and Russell Johnson will all be honored.

The meet will be broadcasted on the BIG Ten Network+.