Jan. 19, 2013
Site: Chicago, Ill. (UIC Physical Education Building)
Event: Windy City Invitational
U-M Result: 1st Place of 6 Teams (431.300)
Record: U-M (5-0)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 26 -- vs. Stanford (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.
CHICAGO, Ill. -- Sophomore Adrian de los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) and senior Rohan Sebastian (Oklahoma City, Okla./Bishop McGuinness Catholic) went 1-2 in the all-around, while sophomore Stacey Ervin (Troy, Mich./Truman) won the vault competition as the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team captured its first Windy City Invitational title since 2009 with a team score of 431.300 Saturday (Jan. 19) at UIC's Physical Education Building.
The team score was enough to outpace No. 1 Illinois and No. 4 Ohio State, who tied for second (427.750).
U-M had its best outing of the night on floor exercise, as de los Angeles tied for second on the event with a 15.25. He was followed by Sebastian in fifth with a 15.10, while Ervin overcame an out-of-bounds neutral deduction to score a 15.05 and to take sixth as the Wolverines notched a 74.350 in the event.
On pommel horse, U-M collected a team score of 70.75, as junior Matt Freeman (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) led the charge with a career-best 15.00 to tie for third on the event, while de los Angeles placed seventh (14.75).
Sebastian and Freeman gave the Wolverines the punch they needed to score a 72.55 on still rings, as Sebastian notched a career-best 14.90 to garner second place and Freeman followed with a career-best 14.75 for fifth.
The Wolverines' second-best event score came on vault, led by Ervin's event-winning 15.40. U-M had four competitors in the top seven of the event, as sophomore Taylor Harrower (Dublin, Ohio /Dublin Coffman) took fourth (14.70), senior Syque Caesar (Port Saint Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) tied for fifth (14.70), and sophomore Paul Rizkalla (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) took seventh (14.65).
In the final two events on the night, the Maize and Blue were led on parallel bars by de los Angeles with a 14.90 (third place), while sophomore Mark Panhorst (Hanover Park, Ill./Glenbard North) took sixth with a 14.50 as U-M collected a 71.45. On high bar, de los Angeles closed out the night with a third-place 14.50 to lead U-M to a 68.15 on the event.
Michigan's 2013 home season will commence Saturday (Jan. 26) at 7 p.m. as U-M hosts preseason No. 5 Stanford at Cliff Keen Arena.
1. MICHIGAN 431.300 2. Illinois 427.750 2. Ohio State 427.750 4. Minnesota 425.750 5. Iowa 422.350 6. UIC 401.600
Event-By-Event U-M Individual Scores
FLOOR EXERCISE (74.35) Konner Ackerman 13.90 Syque Caesar 14.80 Michael Strathern 14.15 Adrian de los Angeles 15.25 (t2) Rohan Sebastian 15.10 (5) Stacey Ervin 15.05 POMMEL HORSE (70.75) Mark Panhorst 13.10 Nick Hunter 13.65 Nolan Novak 14.20 Adrian de los Angeles 14.75 Matt Freeman 15.00 (t3) Dylan James 13.15
Rohan Sebastian* 14.65 STILL RINGS (72.55) Michael Strathern 13.70 Paul Rizkalla 14.00 Alex Bubnov 14.45 Adrian de los Angeles 14.45 Matt Freeman 14.75 (5) Rohan Sebastian 14.90 (2) VAULT (74.05) Taylor Harrower 14.75 (4) Syque Caesar 14.70 (t5) Paul Rizkalla 14.65 Adrian de los Angeles 14.55 Stacey Ervin 15.40 (1) Rohan Sebastian 14.40 PARALLEL BARS (71.45) Mark Panhorst 14.50 Nick Hunter 13.15 Douglass Johnson Jr. 13.60 Michael Strathern 14.25 Adrian de los Angeles 14.90 (3) Syque Caesar 14.20 Rohan Sebastian 13.80* HIGH BAR (68.15) Nick Hunter 12.95 Konner Ackerman 12.05 Syque Caesar 14.35 Michael Strathern 12.45 Rohan Sebastian 13.90 Adrian de los Angeles 14.50 (3) ALL-AROUND Adrian de los Angeles 88.40 (1) Rohan Sebastian 86.75 (2) * all-around competitor
N O T E S
• The Wolverines won the Windy City Invitational in 2009 with a team score of 346.100. U-M's only other win in the event came in 2007, when the team finished three points ahead of runner-up Illinois.
• The all-around title for Adrian de los Angeles is the second of his career.
• Junior Matt Freeman had career highs on pommel horse and still rings.
• Taylor Harrower's 14.75 on vault is a career high.
• U-M competed without 2012 United States Olympian Sam Mikulak, who is training with the United State National Team in Colorado Springs.
• Fifth-year senior Douglass Johnson competed on parallel bars (13.60) in his first NCAA action in two years.
Contact: Scott Kemps (734) 763-4423