March 17, 2012
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Site: Cliff Keen Arena (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Score: #7 Michigan 342.800, #13 UIC 325.450
Records: U-M (7-6), UIC (2-13)
Next U-M Meet: Saturday, April 6-7 -- at Big Ten Championships (Iowa City, Iowa), 7 p.m. CDT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team (342.800) overwhelmed the No. 13 UIC Flames (325.450) on Saturday (March 17) in the final home meet of 2012 at Cliff Keen Arena. Freshman Stacey Ervin (Troy, Mich./Truman) won the floor and vault competition with career highs, while junior Rohan Sebastian (Oklahoma City, Okla./ Bishop McGuinness Catholic) won the all-around with a 84.05, sophomore Alex Bubnov (Fanwood, N.J./ Scotch Plains-Fanwood) took home the rings crown and freshman Michael Strathern (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) placed first on the high bar.
Michigan led off on floor, where Ervin won the first individual title of his career as he nailed his backward pike skill, wowing the home contingent en route to scoring a career-best 15.25 on the exercise. Classmate Adrian de los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) aided in the 59.30 U-M team score with a 15.05 to mark the third straight meet he has eclipsed the 15 plateau on floor.
U-M took to pommel horse in the second rotation, where sophomore Matt Freeman (Canton, Mich./ Plymouth) paced the Wolverine effort with a 14.00, while classmate Dylan James (Valencia, Calif./ William S. Hart) matched the 14.00 to share third place. In total, the Maize and Blue collected a 55.70 on the event.
Michigan elected to only enter five competitors on rings, an event that the Wolverines took the top four spots in. Bubnov led the Michigan charge with a 14.50, while Sebastian took second with a 14.40. Sophomore Jordan Gaarenstroom (Laguna Hills, Calif./ Halstrom) chipped in a 14.05 to round out the top three finishers for the Wolverines, who scored a 56.75 on the apparatus.
The Wolverines moved to the vault competition in the fourth rotation, where Ervin took his second event title on the night with a 15.20. He was followed by de los Angeles in second with a 14.45 as the Wolverines took the top five spots in the event to claim an event score of 56.20. On parallel bars, freshman Nick Hunter (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) used a 14.40 to take second to lead the U-M squad to a 56.70 on the event.
Leading 287.050-270.850 heading into the final rotation, Michigan closed out the victory on high bar, where U-M claimed the top four spots in the event, as Strathern won the event with a 14.25 as the Wolverines notched a 55.75.
Michigan returns to action Friday and Saturday, April 6-7, as the Wolverines take on the rest of the Big Ten at the 2012 Big Ten Championships, hosted by the University of Iowa.