Feb. 2, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Score: #2 Michigan 439.350, #10 California 413.400
Records: U-M (7-0), Cal (1-4)
Next U-M Meet: Thu-Sat., Feb. 7-9 -- at Winter Cup Invitational (Las Vegas, Nev.)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team accomplished an individual event sweep, won five team events and established season highs on four events in taking down No. 10 California, 439.350-413.400, on Saturday (Feb. 2) at Cliff Keen Arena. Fifth-year senior Syque Caesar (Port Saint Lucie, Fla./ Lincoln Park Academy), the reigning Big Ten and NCAA Gymnast of the Week, equaled his own NCAA record, set last week (Jan. 26), with a 15.90 on parallel bars.
Sophomore Stacey Ervin (Troy, Mich./Truman) notched an event-winning 15.30 on the meet-opening floor exercise. Classmate Taylor Harrower (Dublin, Ohio /Dublin Coffman) scored a career-best 14.75, and U-M jumped in front 75.00-71.15 after one rotation.
Moving to pommel horse, junior Sam Mikulak (Corona del Mar, Calif./ Corona del Mar), who competed on four events on the night, scored a 14.75. Junior Matt Freeman (Canton, Mich./ Plymouth) turned in a career-best and event-high 15.10 to take the second event title of his career and aid in U-M tallying a season-best 74.00.
On still rings, U-M earned a season-high 74.05, which was paced by a career-best 15.00 from senior Rohan Sebastian (Oklahoma City, Okla./ Bishop McGuinness Catholic).
U-M led, 223.05-209.65, heading into the fourth rotation -- vault -- on which the Wolverines collected a 73.40. Sophomore Adrian de los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./ Millikan) nailed his Kasamatsu one-and-a-half for an event-winning 15.00 as Michigan turned in a 73.40 on the event.
On parallel bars in the fifth rotation, U-M used career bests from junior Jordan Gaarenstroom (Laguna Hills, Calif./Halstrom), who notched a 14.15, and sophomore Nick Hunter (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) with a 14.90. Caesar equaled the NCAA mark to aid in U-M tallying yet another team season high on the event with a 75.60.
With a comfortable lead moving to the sixth and final rotation, the Wolverines dropped their only event on the night to the Golden Bears, 68.60-67.30. A career-best 15.00 from sophomore Michael Strathern (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) led the way, as he captured the second high bar title of his career.
The Wolverines take a week break from team competition, as Ervin, Mikulak and de los Angeles will travel to the Winter Cup Invitational (Thu-Sat., Feb. 7-9) in Las Vegas, Nev.
Event-By-Event U-M Individual Scores
FLOOR EXERCISE (75.00) Hub Humphrey 14.50 Taylor Harrower 14.75 Rohan Sebastian 14.95 (3) Syque Caesar 14.85 Adrian de los Angeles 15.15 (2) Stacey Ervin 15.30 (1) POMMEL HORSE (74.00) Rohan Sebastian 12.55 Sam Mikulak 14.75 (2) Nolan Novak 14.65 Adrian de los Angeles 14.75 (2) Matt Freeman 15.10 (1) Dylan James 14.75 (2) STILL RINGS (74.05) Jordan Gaarenstroom 14.35 Alex Bubnov 14.85 (3) Sam Mikulak 14.75 Adrian de los Angeles 14.50 Matt Freeman 14.95 (2) Rohan Sebastian 15.00 (1) VAULT (73.40) Alex Bubnov 14.25 Taylor Harrower 14.20 Syque Caesar 14.75 Paul Rizkalla 14.55 Adrian de los Angeles 15.00 (1) Stacey Ervin 14.85 PARALLEL BARS (75.60) Jordan Gaarenstroom 14.15 Michael Strathern 14.55 Nick Hunter 14.90 (3) Sam Mikulak 15.55 (2) Adrian de los Angeles 14.70 Syque Caesar 15.90 (1) HIGH BAR (67.30) Rohan Sebastian 13.85 (3) Sam Mikulak 3.65 Nick Hunter 12.80 Michael Strathern 15.00 (1) Syque Caesar 13.40 Adrian de los Angeles 12.25 ALL-AROUND Adrian de los Angeles 86.35 (1)
N O T E S
Michigan had seven career bests on the night: Taylor Harrower (floor exercise); Nolan Novak (pommel horse); Matt Freeman (pommel horse/still rings); Rohan Sebastian (still rings); Jordan Gaarenstroom (parallel bars); Nick Hunter (parallel bars); and Mike Strathern (high bars).
U-M secured season highs on floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings and parallel bars.
Matt Freeman won the Newt Loken Award, given to the night's most outstanding gymnast.
The performances on rings and parallel bars marked the season debut for Jordan Gaarenstroom.
Adrian de los Angeles won the all-around with an 86.35.
Contact: Scott Kemps (734) 763-4423