Event Sweep Results in Senior Night Tri-Meet Victory
Sam Mikulak

March 23, 2013

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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.

Team StandingsFXPHSRVTPBHBFinal
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)
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
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)
Adrian de los Angeles   89.70


• U-M's trio of seniors in Syque Caesar, Douglass Johnson Jr. and Rohan Sebastian were honored on the night.

• 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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