March 23, 2013
Site: Cliff Keen Arena (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
U-M Team Result: 1st of 3 Teams (440.750)
Records: Michigan (11-2), UIC (2-13)
Next U-M Meet: Fri-Sat., April 5-6 -- at Big Ten Championships (Minneapolis, Minn.), 7 p.m. CDT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team picked up a pair of team victories on Saturday (March 23) on Senior Night in Cliff Keen Arena. U-M (440.750) defeated No. 15 UIC (404.000) and SUNY-Brockport (306.550). Junior Matt Freeman (Canton, Mich./ Plymouth) won both still rings and pommel horse, while classmate Sam Mikulak (Corona del Mar, Calif./Corona del Mar) won vault and high bar.
The night also paid homage to U-M's three seniors in Douglass Johnson Jr. (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola),Rohan Sebastian (Oklahoma City, Okla./McGuinness) and Syque Caesar (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy).
On a night where Wolverines never trailed, U-M began on floor, where Caesar set a career high in his final home meet, scoring a 15.45 for the event title. Sophomore Stacey Ervin (Troy, Mich./Truman) took second on the table with a 15.30 as U-M collected a team score of 73.05.
Following a 71.20 on pommel horse -- where Freeman and Dylan James (Valencia, Calif./William S. Hart) tied for the event title with a 14.90 -- U-M swept the top six spots on rings with a season-best 76.70. Freeman led the way once again for the Wolverines, notching a 15.65 for his second event win on the night.
U-M captured vault with a team score of 74.40, where Mikulak led the way with a 15.45. Sophomore Michael Strathern (Bartlett, Ill./ Bartlett) scored a 15.20 to take second.
Rotation five saw the Wolverines take the top four spots on parallel bars with a 72.05. Sophomore Adrian de los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) returned to team competition with a career-high 15.75 on the event for the individual win, while Ervin followed in second with a 14.65. As a team, U-M scored a 72.05.
In the final rotation, Mikulak closed the night on high bar with a 15.05 for his second event win of the night, while de los Angeles took second with a 15.00. In all, U-M scored a 73.350, its highest tally on the event this season.
De los Angeles won the all-around competition for the Wolverines, scoring a career-best 89.70.
The meet wraps up the regular season for the Wolverines, who return to competition April 5-6 for the Big Ten Championships in an event hosted by the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Each day of team and individual competition commences at 7 p.m.
FLOOR EXERCISE (73.05) Rohan Sebastian 14.70 (3) Konner Ackerman 13.60 Syque Caesar 15.45 (1) Adrian de los Angeles 14.00 Stacey Ervin 15.30 (2) POMMEL HORSE (71.20) Nick Hunter 13.80 Nolan Novak 13.65 A.J. Schottstaedt 13.95 Adrian de los Angeles 14.75 Matt Freeman 14.90 (1) Dylan James 14.90 (1) STILL RINGS (76.70) Rohan Sebastian 15.40 (3) Jordan Gaarenstroom 15.45 (2) Alex Bubnov 14.85 Sam Mikulak 15.35 Adrian de los Angeles 15.30 Matt Freeman 15.65 (1) VAULT (74.40) Michael Strathern 15.20 (2) Konner Ackerman 14.60 Sam Mikulak 15.45 (1) Adrian de los Angeles 14.90 (3) Stacey Ervin 14.25 PARALLEL BARS (72.05) Stacey Ervin 14.65 (2) Michael Strathern 14.40 (3) Syque Caesar 13.75 Douglass Johnson Jr. 13.50 Adrian de los Angeles 15.75 (1) HIGH BAR (73.35) Nick Hunter 14.40 Michael Strathern 14.10 Konner Ackerman 14.80 (3) Adrian de los Angeles 15.00 (2) Sam Mikulak 15.05 (1) ALL-AROUND Adrian de los Angeles 89.70
N O T E S
Sebastian, competing in his final Cliff Keen Arena meet, set a career best on rings with a 15.40.
Johnson competed for the first time in two full seasons, scoring a 13.50 in the leadoff position on parallel bars.
Freshman Konner Ackerman scored a career best on high bar with a 14.80 to take third on the event.
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