Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State Earn Weekly Men’s Gymnastics Awards

Jan. 23, 2017

Co-Gymnast of the Week

Jake Dastrup, Ohio State
Jr. - Lindon, Utah - Pleasant Grove

  • Collected a trio of top-three finishes to lift Ohio State over UIC on Friday
  • The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree posted the fifth-highest parallel bars score (14.750) in the nation to take first in the event
  • Claimed the event title on floor (14.000) and finished third on pommel horse (13.700)
  • Collects his first Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award
  • Last Ohio State Gymnast of the Week: Jake Martin (Jan. 16, 2017)

Co-Gymnast of the Week

Chris Stephenson, Nebraska
Jr. - Fishers, Ind. - Hamilton Southeastern

  • Claimed six top-10 finishes, including two individual event titles, in Nebraska’s dual meet against No. 1 Oklahoma
  • Finished at the top of the podium in the all-around (82.95) and on floor (14.300), took second on parallel bars (14.250) and finished fourth on vault (14.450)
  • The Academic All-Big Ten honoree ranks 10th nationally in the all-around, averaging 81.775 through two meets
  • Collects his first Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award
  • Last Nebraska Gymnast of the Week: Grant Perdue (March 18, 2013)

Freshman of the Week

Favian Valdez, Penn State
Kearny, N.J. - Kearny

  • Collected three top-five finishes in Penn State’s victory over Army  
  • Earned his second title of the season with a score of 14.050 on pommel horse, earning a No. 9 national ranking in the event
  • Registered a third-place mark in the all-around (79.800) and tied for fourth on vault (14.050)
  • Earns his second Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Favian Valdez (Jan. 16, 2017)

2017 Big Ten Gymnasts of the Week



Jan. 16                   

G: Jake Martin, Sr., OSU

F: Favian Valdez, PSU

Jan. 23                   

G: Jake Dastrup, Jr., OSU

G: Chris Stephenson, Jr., NEB

F: Favian Valdez, PSU