Jan. 26, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Score: #3 Michigan 439.750, #2 Stanford 429.350
Records: U-M (6-0), Stanford (1-1)
Next U-M Meet: Saturday, Feb. 2 -- vs. California (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- An NCAA record-setting parallel bar performance from senior Syque Caesar (Port Saint Lucie, Fla./ Lincoln Park Academy) paced the No. 3-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team's upset of the No. 2-ranked Stanford Cardinal, 439.75-429.35, on Saturday (Jan. 26) in the 2013 home opener inside Cliff Keen Arena.
Caesar's 15.90 on p-bars eclipsed the previous record of 15.85 set on April 5, 2008, by Tim McNeill of California, while an 89.200 all-around tally for sophomore Adrian de los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./Millican) ranks as the 11th highest in NCAA history.
The Wolverines claimed victory in five individual events and the all-around, setting a season high on every apparatus. Caesar took the parallel bars and high bar titles, while sophomore Stacey Ervin (Troy, Mich./Truman) won floor and junior Matt Freeman (Canton, Mich./ Plymouth) took pommel horse crown. De los Angeles, the reigning NCAA Gymnast of the Week, captured the vault win and his second straight all-around title (89.200).
The Wolverines began the competition on floor, where Erivin paced the night with a 15.40 to place first. Caesar followed with a career-high 15.25, and de los Angeles registered a score of 15.20 to help the Maize and Blue begin the night with a 74.75.
Next, Michigan took to the pommel horse and recorded a team score of 71.15, as Freeman paced U-M with a score of 14.95 to win the event. Freshman Nolan Novak (Albuquerque, N.M./Valley) wowed the crowd in his first Cliff Keen Arena appearance, notching a score of 14.55 to place second overall.
Rotation three saw U-M head to the still rings, the lone event on the night that the Wolverines failed to capture (73.70-73.55); but it was followed by a vault win and a team tally of 74.65. The Wolverines swept the top three places, led by de los Angeles' event-winning 15.30, as well as a 15.05 from Ervin and a 15.00 from Caesar.
The fifth rotation on the night resulted in the Wolverines scoring a 71.15 on the high bar, as Michigan again relied on the 1-2 combo of Caesar and de los Angeles, who scored 14.80 and 14.55, respectively, on the apparatus.
The Maize and Blue ventured to parallel bars in the final rotation, improving on its Windy City score of last week by 3.05 points, scoring a 74.50. On the p-bars, Caesar posted the NCAA-record 15.90 score to record his second of two individual event titles, and de los Angeles was close behind, putting up a score of 15.40 to place second.
The Wolverines conclude their early season homestand by hosting the Cal Golden Bears on Saturday (Feb. 2) at 7 p.m. in Cliff Keen Arena.
Event-By-Event U-M Individual Scores
FLOOR EXERCISE (74.75) Hub Humphrey 14.55 Taylor Harrower 14.25 Rohan Sebastian 14.35 Syque Caesar 15.25 (2) Adrian de los Angeles 15.20 (3) Stacey Ervin 15.40 (1) POMMEL HORSE (71.15) Rohan Sebastian 14.00 Nick Hunter 12.50 Nolan Novak 14.55 (2) Adrian de los Angeles 13.90 Matt Freeman 14.95 (1) Dylan James 13.75 STILL RINGS (73.55) Paul Rizkalla 13.10 Alex Bubnov 15.05 (3) Sam Mikulak 14.60 Adrian de los Angeles 14.85 Matt Freeman 15.05 Rohan Sebastian 14.00 VAULT (74.65) Alex Bubnov 14.35 Taylor Harrower 14.75 Syque Caesar 15.00 (3) Paul Rizkalla 14.55 Adrian de los Angeles 15.30 (1) Stacey Ervin 15.05 (2) PARALLEL BARS (74.50) Mark Panhorst 13.05 Michael Strathern 13.70 Nick Hunter 14.45 Sam Mikulak 15.05 Adrian de los Angeles 15.40 (2) Syque Caesar 15.90 (1) HIGH BAR (71.15) Rohan Sebastian 13.90 Taylor Harrower 13.60 Nick Hunter 11.45 Michael Strathern 14.30 Syque Caesar 14.80 (1) Adrian de los Angeles 14.55 (2) All-Around Adrian de los Angeles 89.20 (1)
N O T E S
Michigan set nine career highs on the night, highlighted by a new all-around best from de los Angeles of 89.200. Syque Caesar (floor, p-bars), Nolan Novak (pommels), Alex Bubnov (rings), Adrian de los Angeles (rings, p-bars, all-around), Nick Hunter (parallel bars) and Michael Strathern (high bar) all eclipsed previous career bests.
Junior Sam Mikulak returned to action for the first time this season, scoring a 14.60 on rings and a 15.05 on parallel bars
Syque Caesar won the Newt Loken Award, given to the team's top gymnast of the night.
Contact: Scott Kemps (734) 763-4423