March 1, 2014
Site: Columbus, Ohio (Columbus Convention Center)
Event: Arnold Invitational
U-M Team Standing: 1st Place of 6 Teams (437.50)
Next U-M Meet: Friday, March 7 -- at Puerto Rico, vs. Penn State (San Juan, Puerto Rico), 6 p.m. AST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics squad (15-0) took first at the first-ever Arnold Invitational with a team score of 437.50 on Saturday (March 1) at the Columbus Convention Center. Wolverines took home individual-event wins in five of six events on the day as U-M remained undefeated on the season.
Graduate student Syque Caesar (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) claimed a pair of event titles on the day, beginning with a win on parallel bars with a 15.55. He followed with a pristine routine on high bar for a 15.80.
Also taking home titles were junior Stacey Ervin (Taylor, Mich./Truman), who marked a 15.80 on floor in the first rotation. Rotation two saw U-M head to pommel horse, where senior Dylan James (Valencia, Calif./William S. Hart) scored a 15.15 for first place, while classmate Matt Freeman (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) took third with a 15.05.
On vault, freshman Tristian Perez-Rivera (Caguas, Puerto Rico/Notre Dame) tallied a 15.10, while Caesar led an event sweep on parallel bars with his 15.55. Ervin took second on the event (15.00), while junior Nick Hunter (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) placed third with a 14.95.
Caesar closed out the event wins for U-M in the final rotation, scoring 15.80.
The Wolverines will return to action during its annual Spring Break trip on Friday (March 7), as the team heads to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to compete against the Puerto Rican National Team and Penn State. Meet time is slated for 5 p.m. EST.
|Canadian National Team||67.300||63.350||68.350||69.950||66.000||66.350||401.300|
Event-by-Event U-M Individual Scores
FLOOR EXERCISE (72.45) Jordan Gaarenstroom 13.70 Hub Humphrey 13.50 Tristian Perez-Rivera 14.80 Syque Caesar 14.65 Stacey Ervin 15.80 (1) POMMEL HORSE (73.60) Nick Hunter 14.50 Matt Freeman 15.05 (3) A.J. Schottstaedt 14.60 Nolan Novak 14.30 Dylan James 15.15 (1) STILL RINGS (74.40) Colin Mahar 14.55 Paul Rizkalla Jr. 14.45 Matt Freeman 15.10 (4) Jordan Gaarenstroom 15.20 (3) Alex Bubnov 15.10 (4) VAULT (73.15) Syque Caesar 14.75 Konner Ackerman 14.40 Stacey Ervin 14.45 Tristian Perez-Rivera 15.10 (1) Paul Rizkalla Jr. 14.45 PARALLEL BARS (73.60) Mark Panhorst 14.30 Jordan Gaarenstroom 14.40 Nick Hunter 14.95 (3) Syque Caesar 15.55 (1) Stacey Ervin 15.00 (2) HIGH BAR (70.30) Matt Freeman 13.75 Konner Ackerman 13.95 Nick Hunter 13.30 Syque Caesar 15.80 (1) Stacey Ervin 13.50