Final-Rotation Comeback Lifts U-M to Windy City Invite Title
Adrian de los Angeles

Jan. 18, 2014

Complete Results

Site: Chicago, Ill. (UIC Physical Education Building)
Event: Windy City Invitational
U-M Team Result: 1st Place of 6 Teams (437.500)
Records: U-M (5-0, 4-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Meet: Saturday, Jan. 25 -- at Stanford (Palo Alto, Calif.), 7 p.m. PST

CHICAGO, Ill. -- The top-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team made a final-rotation comeback -- trailing by .70 heading into the sixth rotation -- and scored a 74.95 on rings to capture the 44th Windy City Invite title Saturday (Jan. 18) at the UIC Physical Education Building with a team score of 437.500

The 2014 regular-season lidlifter saw U-M get off to a hot start with a 74.35 on vault, led by fifth-year senior Syque Caesar (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) with a 15.10 and sophomore Adrian de los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) with a 15.10 for a team tally of 74.35 to take a two-point lead over the second-place Ohio State Buckeyes.

On rotation two, U-M notched a 73.850 on parallel bars, with de los Angeles scoring a 15.15 to tie for the event title, while junior Nick Hunter (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) stuck his routine with a 15.10 to take third. The event title is the second of de los Angeles' career in the event.

The third rotation came on high bar, where Hunter paced the Wolverines with a 14.75, accompanied by a 14.60 from Caesar as U-M compiled a 71.40. The Maize and Blue was then led on floor with a 14.80 by de los Angeles, who took third, as well as a pair of 14.75s -- from freshmen Tristian Perez-Rivera (Caguas, Puerto Rico/Notre Dame) and Anthony Stefanelli (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem East). However, the Wolverines fell into third place in the meet for the first time after scoring a 71.65 as a team and trailed Ohio State (292.250-292.150).

Sitting in third place heading into the fifth rotation, U-M notched a 71.30 on horse to overtake second place, as senior co-captain Matt Freeman (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) tallied a 14.75, followed by a 14.45 from senior Dylan James (Valencia, Calif./William S. Hart)

Trailing by .70 heading into the final rotation, U-M mounted a huge comeback with a 74.95 on rings, with senior Jordan Gaarenstroom (Laguna Hills, Calif./Halstrom) taking third on the event with a 15.45, while classmate Alex Bubnov (Fanwood, N.J./Scotch Plains-Fanwood) followed with a 15.40 as U-M jumped Illinois and won the meet by a 437.500-436.050 margin.

The Wolverines will next travel to No. 3 Stanford on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. PST in Palo Alton, Calif.

Team StandingsFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
Ohio State69.65074.15072.35075.10071.90072.900436.050

Event-By-Event U-M Individual Scores

VAULT (74.35)
Anthony Stefanelli     14.70
Alex Bubnov            14.35
Syque Caesar           15.15
Paul Rizkalla Jr.      14.80
Tristian Perez-Rivera  14.60
Adrian de los Angeles  15.10
Mark Panhorst          14.65
Nick Hunter            15.10 (3)
Stacey Ervin           14.85
Adrian de los Angeles  15.15 (1)
Syque Caesar           14.65
Tristian Perez-Rivera  14.10
HIGH BAR (71.40)
Tristian Perez-Rivera  11.90
Mark Panhorst          13.05
Stacey Ervin           14.55
Nick Hunter            14.75
Adrian de los Angeles  14.45
Syque Caesar           14.60
Hub Humphrey           14.55
Anthony Stefanelli     14.75
Tristian Perez-Rivera  14.75
Adrian de los Angeles  14.80 (3)
Syque Caesar           12.80
Stacey Ervin           12.25
Syque Caesar           12.80
Mark Panhorst          13.35
Nick Hunter            14.35
Adrian de los Angeles  14.15
Matt Freeman           14.75
Dylan James            14.45
Nolan Novak            13.60
STILL RINGS (74.95)   
Colin Mahar            14.60
Paul Rizkalla Jr.      14.20
Alex Bubnov            15.40
Matt Freeman           14.60
Hub Humphrey           14.90
Jordan Gaarenstroom    15.45 (3)


• U-M has now won the Windy City in back-to-back seasons.

• U-M competed without 2012 United States Olympian Sam Mikulak, who is training with the United States National Team in Beijing, China.

• Three Wolverines -- Stefanelli and Perez-Rivera (freshmen) and Colin Mahar (junior) -- made their Maize and Blue debuts.

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