March 16, 2013
Site: Rec Hall (State College, Pa.)
Score: #1 Penn State 437.300, #2 Michigan 430.400
Records: Michigan (9-2, 1-1 Big Ten), Penn State (12-0, 3-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 23 -- vs. UIC/SUNY-Brockport (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team fell to the No. 1 Penn State Nittany Lions, 437.300-430.400, on Saturday (March 16) at Rec Hall, site of the 2013 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships. U-M won two individual events on the night on vault and parallel bars, while sophomore Stacey Ervin (Troy, Mich./Truman) won the lone individual event title with a 15.30 on floor.
In the first rotation, the Wolverines were led by a 14.50 by junior Matt Freeman (Canton, Mich./ Plymouth) on pommels, good enough for third as U-M netted a 67.65 on the event as a team, as Penn State tallied a 71.30.
U-M notched a 73.05 on still rings in the second rotation, as Freeman led the way once again with a 15.25, which was good for second place. Junior Jordan Gaarenstroom (Laguna Hills, Calif./ Halstrom) took fourth on the event with a 14.75.
U-M's first event win of the night came on vault, as all five Wolverines surpassed the 14.50 barriers, as junior Sam Mikulak (Corona del Mar, Calif./Corona del Mar) and Ervin both blazed the U-M trail with 15.20s on the event to tie for third.
U-M trailed, 293.80-289.20, heading into the fourth rotation, where the top score on the night came from Ervin, as the sophomore scored an event-winning 15.30 on the exercise. Sophomore Hub Humphrey (Kalamazoo, Mich./Kalamazoo Central) aided the effort with a career-best 14.85, while senior Rohan Sebastian (Oklahoma City, Okla./ Bishop McGuinness Catholic) was second on the team with a 15.20.
Heading into the fifth rotation on high bar, U-M marked a 69.90. The effort was highlighted by a second-place 14.90 by Mikulak and a fifth-place finish from senior Syque Caesar (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy), who collected a 14.30.
In the final rotation on parallel bars, the Maize & Blue brought home their second event win of the night with a 71.30, paced by a 14.85 from sophomore Michael Strathern (Bartlett, Ill./ Bartlett), good for third place. Ervin scored a career high and had the second-best score for U-M on the event with a 14.80 to take fourth.
For the second straight week, U-M competed without Adrian de los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./ Millikan), who took part in the Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics Festival in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. De los Angeles took fifth in the all-around with an 80.650, highlighted by a runner-up 14.80 on parallel bars.
Michigan returns to action Saturday (March 23), when the squad hosts UIC as well as SUNY-Brockport in a tri-meet from Cliff Keen Arena. The meet is slated to begin at 7 p.m. and will honor U-M's trio of seniors in Douglass Johnson Jr., Rohan Sebastian and Syque Caesar.
FLOOR EXERCISE (73.65) Hub Humphrey 14.85 Syque Caesar 14.90 Rohan Sebastian 15.20 (2) Sam Mikulak 13.40 Stacey Ervin 15.30 (1) POMMEL HORSE (67.65) Nick Hunter 13.95 Jordan Gaarenstroom 12.90 Nolan Novak 13.30 Matt Freeman 14.50 (3) Dylan James 13.00 STILL RINGS (73.05) Alex Bubnov 14.55 Rohan Sebastian 14.50 Jordan Gaarenstroom 14.75 Sam Mikulak 14.00 Matt Freeman 15.25 (2) VAULT (74.85) Paul Rizkalla 14.50 Konner Ackerman 15.10 Michael Strathern 14.85 Stacey Ervin 15.20 (3t) Sam Mikulak 15.20 (3t) PARALLEL BARS (71.30) Jordan Gaarenstroom 14.05 Stacey Ervin 14.80 Nick Hunter 13.45 Michael Strathern 14.85 (3) Mark Panhorst 14.15 HIGH BAR (69.90) Taylor Harrower 12.70 Nick Hunter 13.80 Michael Strathern 14.20 Sam Mikulak 14.90 (2) Syque Caesar 14.30
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