U-M Bests No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Cal, Washington in Quad Meet
Syque Caesar

Jan. 26, 2014

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Site: Palo Alto, Calif. (Burnham Pavilion)
U-M Team Result: 1st Place of 4 Teams (433.050)
Record: U-M (8-0)
Next U-M Meet: Saturday, Feb. 1 -- vs. Ohio State (Cliff Keen Arena), 2 p.m.

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team captured the team title at the Stanford Open with a team tally of 433.050 Saturday (Jan. 25) at Stanford's Burnham Pavilion. The U-M effort was strong enough to knock off No. 6 Cal, which took second with a 430.300, while No. 4 Stanford took third with a 429.00. Washington, a club team, came in fourth with a 363.65.

The Wolverines began the night on still rings, where senior Alex Bubnov (Fanwood, N.J./Scotch Plains-Fanwood) and junior Adrian de los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) broke the 15-point plateau with 15.20 and 15.10, respectively. Senior Jordan Gaarenstroom (Laguna Hills, Calif./Halstrom) followed with a 14.80. The six-man Michigan lineup collected a 73.85 to start the night.

On vault in the second rotation, de los Angeles once again led the way, scoring a 15.30 on the table, while Tristian Perez-Rivera (Caguas, Puerto Rico/Notre Dame) put forth a 15.05 to assist in a 73.90 for the squad. In the third rotation (parallel bars), program lynchpin Syque Caesar (Port Saint Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) posted a 15.30 as the Maize and Blue scored a 72.00.

The fourth rotation brought forth a troublesome effort, as U-M faltered in scoring a 64.35, with the highest mark coming from junior Nick Hunter (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield), who scored a 14.40. Michigan rebounded in the fifth in the way it needed with a superb 76.20, as Perez-Rivera (15.55) and senior Sam Mikulak (Corona del mar, Calif./Corona del mar) -- with a 15.50 -- paced the effort. De los Angeles followed closely with a 15.45.

U-M closed out the night on pommel horse with a 72.75 to seal the victory, as Nolan Novak (Albuquerque, N.M./Valley) and Dylan James (Valencia, Calif./William S. Hart) pitched in matching 14.65s.

De los Angeles took home the all-around title with an 86.80 in his first all-around competition of the season.

The Wolverines competed without United States National Team member Stacey Ervin (Taylor, Mich./Truman), who was attending the U.S. National Team Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. U-M has yet to compete at full strength this season, as the Wolverines were without Mikulak for the Windy City Invite a week ago.

The Wolverines next host the Ohio State Buckeyes -- currently ranked No. 3 -- in their 2014 home opener next Saturday (Feb. 1) at 2 p.m. from Cliff Keen Arena. The event will also serve as the NCAA and Big Ten championship banner raising ceremony prior to the meet.

Event-By-Event U-M Individual Scores

RINGS (73.85)
Hub Humphrey           12.00
Paul Rizkalla Jr.      14.55
Alex Bubnov            15.20
Matt Freeman           14.20
Jordan Gaarenstroom    14.80
Adrian de los Angeles  15.10
VAULT (73.90)
Anthony Stefanelli     14.25
Paul Rizkalla Jr.      14.15
Sam Mikulak            14.45
Tristian Perez-Rivera  15.05
Syque Caesar           14.85
Adrian de los Angeles  15.30
Tristian Perez-Rivera  13.00
Jordan Gaarenstroom    14.10
Nick Hunter            14.85
Sam Mikulak            14.75
Syque Caesar           15.30
Adrian de los Angeles  12.65
Sam Mikulak            14.75
HIGH BAR (64.35)  
Taylor Harrower        10.90
Tristian Perez-Rivera  13.00
Jordan Gaarenstroom    11.90
Nick Hunter            14.40
Syque Caesar           13.20
Adrian de los Angeles  13.95
FLOOR (76.20)
Anthony Stefanelli     14.00
Tristian Perez-Rivera  15.55
Sam Mikulak            15.50
Syque Caesar           14.80
Adrian de los Angeles  15.45
Jordan Gaarenstroom    14.90
A.J. Schottstaedt      14.35
Nick Hunter            14.30
Matt Freeman           14.55
Nolan Novak            14.65
Adrian de los Angeles  14.35
Dylan James            14.65
Adrian de los Angeles  86.80

Contact: Scott Kemps (skemps@umich.edu)