U-M Notches Season-High 444.55 in Win over No. 4 Ohio State
Adrian de los Angeles

Feb. 1, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Score: #2 Michigan 444.550, #4 Ohio State 440.800
Records: U-M (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten), OSU (3-3-1, 2-3-1 Big Ten)
Attendance: 616
Next U-M Meet: Saturday, Feb. 8 -- vs. Nebraska (Cliff Keen Arena.), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics squad scored a season-best 444.75 and set season event highs on pommel horse (74.75), still rings (75.10) and high bar (72.75) in a defeat of the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes (440.80) on Saturday (Feb. 1) inside Cliff Keen Arena. The meet also served as the NCAA championship banner event, as captains Syque Caesar (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) and Matt Freeman (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) unveiled the 2013 NCAA championship banner prior to the rivalry meet.

U-M, which led the dual from start to finish, began the day on floor with an outstanding effort, as Mikulak scored a new career high on the exercise with a 15.85 for event title; his performance included a stick bonus of .20. Caesar also had a solid showing, notching a 15.30 for second as U-M led 75.40 to 72.80 after one rotation.

Syque Caesar
Syque Caesar

In rotation two, U-M took to the pommel horse, where junior Adrian de los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) set a new career best on the apparatus with a 15.15 to take third. Freeman equaled de los Angeles' effort, and Miikulak took second on the event with a 15.30 as U-M led 149.85 to 145.35 with a 74.45 on the event heading into the third rotation.

De los Angeles set his second career mark on still rings in rotation three, as the junior scored a 15.45 to earn second place. U-M distanced itself with a team event tally of 75.10 and led 224.95 to 217.40 heading into the fourth rotation.

Mikulak took his second event title of the afternoon on vault with a 15.30, with a stuck landing, leading the U-M charge of a 73.50 on the event. On parallel bars in the fifth rotation, the Maize and Blue went 1-2, with Caesar notching a 15.60, and junior Stacey Ervin (Taylor, Mich./Truman) took second with a 15.40 as the Wolverines totaled a 73.25 in all.

The celebratory event was closed out in style in the final rotation, as Caesar took third on the apparatus with a 14.90 to aid in the 72.75 team tally. De los Angeles was the all-around winner on the afternoon, collecting an 88.20 in his six events.

Michigan continues its two meet homestand next Saturday (Feb. 8), as the squad plays host to the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The meet is slated for a 7 p.m. start from Cliff Keen Arena.

Team StandingsFXPHSRVTPBHBFinal
Michigan 75.200 74.550 75.100 73.500 73.250 72.550 444.750
Ohio State 72.550 72.800 74.650 72.050 73.650 75.100 440.800

Event-by-Event U-M Individual Scores

Kevin Fraser           13.25
Tristian Perez-Rivera  14.75
Syque Caesar           15.30 (2)
Stacey Ervin           14.85
Adrian de los Angeles  14.65
Sam Mikulak            15.65 (1)
Nick Hunter            14.70
Matt Freeman           14.85
A.J. Schottstaedt      14.75
Dylan James            14.45
Adrian de los Angeles  15.15 (3)
Sam Mikulak            15.30 (2)
STILL RINGS (75.10)   
Colin Mahar            14.30
Paul Rizkalla Jr.      14.65
Matt Freeman           14.75
Jordan Gaarenstroom    15.10
Alex Bubnov            15.15 (3)
Adrian de los Angeles  15.45 (2)
VAULT (73.50)  
Syque Caesar           15.15 (3)
Paul Rizkalla Jr.      13.95
Tristian Perez-Rivera  14.10
Stacey Ervin           13.85
Sam Mikulak            15.30
Adrian de los Angeles  15.00
Jordan Gaarenstroom    14.30
Nick Hunter            14.00
Stacey Ervin           15.40 (2t)
Syque Caesar           15.60 (1)
Sam Mikulak            13.95
Adrian de los Angeles  13.55
HIGH BAR (72.75)
Mark Panhorst          13.95
Nick Hunter            14.50
Stacey Ervin           14.55
Syque Caesar           14.90 (3)
Sam Mikulak            14.40
Adrian de los Angeles  14.40
Adrian de los Angeles  88.20 (1)

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