March 8, 2014
Site: San Juan, Puerto Rico (Pedrin Zorilla Coliseum)
U-M Team Standing: 1st Place of 3 Teams (438.80)
U-M Records: 17-0, 10-0 B1G
Next U-M Meet: Friday, March 14 -- vs. Penn State (Cliff Keen Arena), 3:30 p.m.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics squad, behind the nation's top floor exercise score from junior Stacey Ervin (Taylor, Mich./Truman) of 16.10, defeated No. 5 Penn State and the Puerto Rican National Team on Friday (March 7) at Pedrin Zorilla Coliseum with a team score of 438.80.
Michigan began the night on floor, where Ervin notched the first 16-plus floor score in the country this season. Senior Sam Mikulak (Corona del mar, Calif./Corona del mar) returned the NCAA action with a 15.60 on the exercise as U-M scored a stellar 76.10, which was just .10 off the team's season high.
After a pommel-horse score of 70.85 that was paced by junior Nick Hunter (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) and his 14.80, the Maize and Blue scored a 72.95 on still rings. Mikulak and classmate Jordan Gaarenstroom (Laguna Hills, Calif./Halstrom) tied for the squad lead with 15.10.
On vault in rotation four, Mikulak tallied a 15.30 on the table, while freshman Tristian Perez-Rivera (Caugas, Puerto Rico/Notre Dame), competing on home soil, collected a 15.20. Sophomore Konner Ackerman (Des Moines, Wash./Mount Rainier), returning from injury, scored a 15.00.
On parallel bars, senior Syque Caesar (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) led the Wolverines with a 15.50 followed by a 15.05 from Hunter to aid in the total of 73.50 on the event. Michigan closed out its night on high bar, where Caesar scored a 14.70 to seal the victory over the Nittany Lions, who scored a 428.550.
The Wolverines return to home action inside the friendly confines of Cliff Keen Arena Friday (March 14) at 3:30 p.m. The meet will be shown live via the Big Ten Network.
FLOOR EXERCISE (76.10) Stacey Ervin 16.10 Sam Mikulak 15.60 Syque Caesar 15.55 Tristian Perez-Rivera 14.90 Anthony Stefanelli 13.60 POMMEL HORSE (70.85) Nick Hunter 14.80 Nolan Novak 14.55 Dylan James 14.15 Matt Freeman 13.75 A.J. Schottstaedt 13.60 STILL RINGS (72.95) Sam Mikulak 15.10 Matt Freeman 14.00 Jordan Gaarenstroom 15.10 Colin Mahar 14.70 Paul Rizkalla Jr. 14.00 VAULT (74.70) Sam Mikulak 15.30 Tristian Perez-Rivera 15.20 Anthony Stefanelli 14.00 Paul Rizkalla Jr. 15.20 Konner Ackerman 15.00 PARALLEL BARS (73.50) Sam Mikulak 14.25 Syque Caesar 15.50 Nick Hunter 15.05 Jordan Gaarenstroom 14.30 Mark Panhorst 14.40 HIGH BAR (70.70) Stacey Ervin 14.20 Syque Caesar 14.70 Nick Hunter 14.75 Matt Freeman 13.35 Konner Ackerman 13.70