Feb. 16, 2013
Site: Columbus, Ohio (St. John Arena)
Score: #3 Michigan 446.150, No. 5 Ohio State 435.650
Records: U-M (8-0, 1-0 Big Ten), OSU (5-4-1, 0-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Meet: Wednesday, March 6 -- at Arizona State (Chandler, Ariz.), 7 p.m. MST
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team (446.150) collected the second-highest team score in the country this season, defeating No. 5 Ohio State (435.650) on Saturday (Feb. 16) at Ohio State's St. John Arena. U-M tallied season-best event scores on floor, still rings and high bar, while sophomore Stacey Ervin (Troy, Mich./Truman) secured the top floor score in the country and a Michigan record with a 16.15.
"This score should move us up a bit in the national rankings, but there is room for improvement," said head coach Kurt Golder. "However, to go out on the road and get a near 10-point victory over a rival like Ohio State, who was ranked No. 5 in the country, is a great step. Like I said, there is room to get better, but it's hard to not be happy with a season-high score, especially when it comes on the road."
Michigan began the day on pommel horse, where junior Dylan James (Valencia, Calif./ William S. Hart) led the charge with a 14.60 for third place as U-M collected a 72.45 on the apparatus. In rotation two on still rings, the Wolverines smashed their previous season best with a 76.25, as junior Matt Freeman (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) scored a career-best 15.70 for his first title on the event.
On vault, senior Syque Caesar (Port Saint Lucie, Fla./ Lincoln Park Academy) tied for second as Michigan tallied a 74.75 in rotation three, while Ervin (14.70) and classmate Nick Hunter (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) each tied for second on parallel bars as the Wolverines tallied a 72.75.
On high bar, U-M scored a season-best 72.25, led by reigning NCAA Gymnast of the Week in sophomore Adrian de los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan), who earned a career-high 15.05, which was good for his first event title on the apparatus.
Ervin and de los Angeles solidified the win in the final rotation, as Ervin collected the program-record 16.15, followed by de los Angeles in second with a 15.45 as U-M posted a sublime tally of 76.80, which is tops in the nation by .95 points.
Michigan secured 10 individual career highs on the day, led by a pair (floor, vault) from freshman Konner Ackerman (Des Moines, Wash./Mount Rainier) and de los Angeles (floor, rings).
U-M returns to action after an extended break, heading to Arizona State for the program's annual Spring Break to take on the Sun Devils on Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. MST
FLOOR EXERCISE (76.80) Hub Humphrey 14.60 Konner Ackerman 15.00 Taylor Harrower 15.05 Syque Caesar 15.15 Adrian de los Angeles 15.45 (2) Stacey Ervin 16.15 (1) POMMEL HORSE (72.45) Nick Hunter 14.50 Nolan Novak 14.45 Sam Mikulak 14.40 Adrian de los Angeles 14.30 Matt Freeman 14.50 Dylan James 14.60 (3) STILL RINGS (76.25) Paul Rizkalla 14.75 Jordan Gaarenstroom 15.20 Alex Bubnov 14.90 Sam Mikulak 15.25 (3) Adrian de los Angeles 15.20 Matt Freeman 15.70 (1) VAULT (74.25) Paul Rizkalla 14.80 Taylor Harrower 14.65 Konner Ackerman 14.90 Syque Caesar 15.05 (t2) Adrian de los Angeles 13.80 Stacey Ervin 14.75 PARALLEL BARS (74.15) Stacey Ervin 14.70 (t2) Michael Strathern 14.40 Nick Hunter 14.70 (t2) Syque Caesar 14.30 Adrian de los Angeles 14.65 HIGH BAR (72.25) Taylor Harrower 13.50 Nick Hunter 14.45 Michael Strathern 14.70 (2) Syque Caesar 13.65 Adrian de los Angeles 15.05 (1) Sam Mikulak 14.40 ALL-AROUND Adrian de los Angeles 88.45Contact: Scott Kemps (734) 763-4423
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