Feb. 8, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Score: #2 Michigan 443.650, #10 Nebraska 416.050
Records: U-M (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten), NEB (4-4, 0-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Meet: Thu-Sat., Feb. 20-22 -- at Winter Cup Challenge (Las Vegas, Nev.)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics squad -- paced by a pair of event titles from graduate student Syque Caesar (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) and a pair of career highs from junior Nick Hunter (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) -- earned a 443.650-416.060 win over the No. 10-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday (Feb. 8) in front of a season-high 912 fans at Cliff Keen Arena.
On floor in the first rotation, junior Stacey Ervin (Taylor, Mich./Truman) took home the event title with a 15.60, while classmate Adrian de los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) scored a 15.50 to take second. U-M began its second consecutive wire-to-wire win with a 75.50 on the exercise.
On pommels in the second rotation, U-M took home an event sweep, as Hunter earned his first career high and an event title with a 15.20. Senior Matt Freeman (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) took second on the event with a 15.10, while sophomore Nolan Novak (Albuquerque, N.M./Eagle Ridge) took third with a 14.85 as the Wolverines tallied a 73.30.
The third rotation found U-M on still rings, where seniors Jordan Gaarenstroom (Laguna Hills, Calif./Halstrom) and Alex Bubnov (Fanwood, N.J./Scotch Plains-Fanwood) shared the event title with matching 15.35s. U-M accumulated a 74.60 and led 223.40- 206.25 heading into the fourth rotation on vault.
Vault saw yet another event sweep for U-M, as sophomore Paul Rizkalla Jr. (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) took home his first event title as well as the Newt Loken Award for his 15.35 on the table. Caesar followed with a 14.95, while freshman Anthony Stefanelli (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem East)scored a 14.85 to take third as the Maize and Blue marked a 73.25.
Caesar notched the first of two event titles on the night on p-bars with a 15.60, where U-M tallied a season-high 75.50. Caesar then collected title No. 2 in the final rotation on high bar, where he scored a 14.75. The Wolverines closed out the team effort scoring a 71.50 on the event en route to the 27.6-point victory, its largest dual meet win of the season thus far.
The Wolverines now take a three-week layoff from full competition. Select team members will take part in the Winter Cup Challenge on Feb. 20-22 in Las Vegas. Full team competition commences on March 1 with the Ohio State Invitational.
Event Winners/U-M Finishers
FLOOR EXERCISE (75.50) Hub Humphrey 13.30 Tristian Perez-Rivera 14.95 Syque Caesar 14.35 Anthony Stefanelli 15.00 Adrian de los Angeles 15.50 (2) Stacey Ervin 15.60 (1) POMMEL HORSE (73.30) Nick Hunter 15.10 (2) Matt Freeman 15.20 (1) A.J. Schottstaedt 14.60 Nolan Novak 14.85 (3) Adrian de los Angeles 13.45 Dylan James 13.55 STILL RINGS (74.60) Hub Humphrey 14.50 Paul Rizkalla Jr. 13.00 Matt Freeman 14.75 Jordan Gaarenstroom 15.35 (1t) Alex Bubnov 15.35 (1t) Adrian de los Angeles 14.65 VAULT (73.25) Syque Caesar 14.95 (2) Anthony Stefanelli 14.85 (3) Tristian Perez-Rivera 13.85 Stacey Ervin 13.95 Paul Rizkalla Jr. 15.35 (1) Alex Bubnov 14.15 PARALLEL BARS (75.50) Mark Panhorst 14.45 Jordan Gaarenstroom 13.60 Nick Hunter 15.15 (2t) Stacey Ervin 15.15 (2t) Syque Caesar 15.60 (1) Adrian de los Angeles 15.15 (2t) HIGH BAR (71.50) Mark Panhorst 13.95 Matt Freeman 14.25 Jordan Gaarenstroom 14.00 Nick Hunter 14.55 (3) Stacey Ervin 13.90 Syque Caesar 14.75 (1)
N O T E S
Sam Mikulak did not compete on the night (rest)
The Newt Loken Award was the first of Paul Rizkalla Jr.'s career
U-M is now 1-0 against Nebraska all-time
It is U-M's most wins to start a season since 2001, when the Wolverines went 11-0 to begin the year.