April 5, 2013
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Sports Pavilion)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Team & All-Around Finals)
U-M Team Result: 1st Place of 7 Teams (438.900)
Record: U-M (17-2, 7-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Meet: Saturday, April 6 -- at Big Ten Championships - Individual Event Finals (Minneapolis, Minn.), 7 p.m. CDT
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Behind an NCAA record-setting 15.95 performance on parallel bars from junior Sam Mikulak (Corona del mar, Calif./Corona del mar) and a 1-2 all-around competition finish from Mikulak and sophomore Adrian de los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan), the No. 3-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team captured its 16th Big Ten championship by defeating No. 1 Penn State 438.900-434.050 on Friday (April 5) inside the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion.
Additionally, eight Wolverines qualified for 18 different spots for individual event finalists, which are to be held Saturday (April 6) at 7 p.m. CDT.
For the first time this season, U-M began the night on a bye rotation and started off the quest for the 16th Big Ten Title on pommel horse. Freshman Nolan Novak (Albuquerque, N.M/Valley) led off on the apparatus, scoring a 14.10, the second-best Wolverine score in his first Big Ten Championships and advanced to the event finals. Sophomore Adrian de los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) also qualified for the second night and led the way for U-M with a 14.20. As a team, Michigan began the night with a 69.60.
On still rings in rotation two, senior Rohan Sebastian (Oklahoma City, Okla./ Bishop McGuinness Catholic) and junior Matt Freeman (Canton, Mich./Canton) made the event finals, as Sebastian scored a 15.05 to take fifth, while Freeman tallied a 14.95 to take ninth as the Wolverines scored a 73.45.
Four Wolverines advanced to competition on Saturday night on vault, as U-M hit a season-best team score of 75.65 that was led by a season best from Ervin (15.45), which was good enough for second, while freshman Konner Ackerman (Des Moines, Wash./ Mount Rainier) and Mikulak scored 15.25s on the event to tie for fourth. All five Wolverines surpassed the 14.80 mark on the table, as de los Angeles scored a 14.90 to earn a berth on Saturday, while sophomore Michael Strathern (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) hit a 14.80 and tied for 13th.
Led by Mikulak's record-setting performance on parallel bars, U-M collected a 74.65, as de los Angeles got second (15.25), senior Syque Caesar (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) took fourth with a 15.00, and Ervin took sixth with a 14.95. The performance for both Ervin and Mikulak served as career highs.
On high bar in the fifth rotation, Caesar placed second with a 14.85, while Mikulak took third with a 14.75, positioning himself to defend his Big Ten title from a year ago on the event. Strathern rounded out U-M's trio of event qualifiers, as he tied for eighth 14.30 as the Wolverines scored a 70.10.
Leading by nearly five points heading into the final rotation on floor, Sebastian led off with a 14.30. Three of the final four Wolverines surpassed the 15-point mark to earn event final berths, as Caesar scored a 15.10 in the No. 2 position. The No. 3 spot saw Ervin tally a 15.50 for second, while Mikulak marked a 15.40 to take third.
The event-by-event breakdown for Saturday's individual event finals is as follows:
Floor: Syque Caesar, Stacey Ervin, Sam Mikulak
Pommel Horse: Nolan Novak, Adrian de los Angeles
Rings: Matt Freeman, Rohan Sebastian
Vault: Adrian de los Angeles, Sam Mikulak, Konner Ackerman, Stacey Ervin
Parallel bars: Stacey Ervin, Syque Caesar, Adrian de los Angeles, Sam Mikulak
High Bar: Michael Strathern, Sam Mikulak, Syque Caesar
The top 10 individual finishers in each of Friday's events advance to Saturday's finals, which will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
POMMEL HORSE Nolan Novak 14.10# Dylan James 13.65 Adrian de los Angeles 14.20# Sam Mikulak 13.65 Matt Freeman 14.00 STILL RINGS Rohan Sebastian 15.05# Jordan Gaarenstroom 14.35 Alex Bubnov 14.25 Sam Mikulak 14.85 Matt Freeman 14.95# Adrian de los Angeles 14.60* VAULT Konner Ackerman 15.25# Michael Strathern 14.80 Adrian de los Angeles 14.90# Sam Mikulak 15.25# Stacey Ervin 15.45# PARALLEL BARS Stacey Ervin 14.95# Michael Strathern 13.50 Syque Caesar 15.00# Adrian de los Angeles 15.25# Sam Mikulak 15.95#$ HIGH BAR Nick Hunter 12.95 Michael Strathern 14.30 # Syque Caesar 14.85# Adrian de los Angeles 13.85 Sam Mikulak 14.75# FLOOR EXERCISE Rohan Sebastian 14.30 Syque Caesar 15.10# Stacey Ervin 15.50# Adrian de los Angeles 14.55 Sam Mikulak 15.40# ALL-AROUND Sam Mikulak 89.85 (1) Adrian de los Angeles 87.35 (2) * score counts only for all-around $ NCAA Record # Individual Event Qualifier