April 7, 2012
Site: Carver-Hawkeye Arena (Iowa City, Iowa)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Team & All-Around Finals)
Record: U-M (12-7, 7-2 Big Ten)
U-M Team Standing: 2nd Place of 7 Teams (351.850)
Next U-M Meet: Saturday, April 7 -- at Big Ten Championships - Individual Event Finals (Iowa City, Iowa), 7 p.m. CDT
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The No. 8-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team overtook Penn State in the final rotation for a second-place finish at the team and all-around finals of the Big Ten Championships with a season-best 351.850 on Friday (April 6) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Sophomore Sam Mikulak (Corona del Mar, Calif./Corona del Mar) and freshman Adrian de los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) took second and fourth in the all-around, respectively. Illinois won the conference title (352.950).
The Wolverines opened the night on high bar and scored a 57.90. Mikulak tallied a 14.85, even after a fall midway through his routine. De los Angeles was second on the U-M squad with a 14.60, while freshman Taylor Harrower (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman) scored a career-best 14.30 on the apparatus.
The Wolverines then moved to the floor exercise, where a pair of freshmen in Stacey Ervin (Taylor, Mich./Truman) and de los Angeles paced U-M, as Ervin scored a 15.20, while de los Angeles added a 15.10 for third and fourth place, respectively. Michigan, the No. 3-ranked team in the country in the event, netted a 59.45.
U-M put together a season-best team score on pommel horse, where sophomore Dylan James (Valencia, Calif./ William S. Hart) scored 14.55 to lead the Maize and Blue and place fourth on the event, while sophomore Michael Myler (North Orem, Utah/ Timpanogos) scored a 14.10 to take ninth en route to a 56.80 team score. Rotation four found Michigan still rings. Mikulak paced the squad with a 14.80, while sophomore Alex Bubnov (Fanwood, N.J./ Scotch Plains-Fanwood) rose to the occasion with a career-best 14.75 as Michigan marked a 58.45.
The vault competition saw U-M score its second-best tally of the season with a 59.80; Ervin (15.20) and Mikulak (15.15) took second and third place, respectively, while de los Angeles (15.00) took eighth to advance to Saturday's individual-event finals.
Michigan entered the final rotation with a legitimate chance of claiming first place, but a team-best of 59.45 was enough to jump Penn State for the No. 2 spot but was not enough to overtake the eventual champion Illini in rotation six. Mikulak led the surge in the final rotation as he scored a 15.45 and took first, while freshman Michael Strathern (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) scored a career-best 14.75 and took fifth. Ervin also added a career best with a 14.70 for a seventh-place finish, while de los Angeles rounded out the U-M scorers with a 14.55.
Mikulak, de los Angeles, Ervin, James, Myler and Strathern all advanced to the individual-event finals on Saturday night (April 7). The finals will be shown live on the Big Ten Network, beginning at 7 p.m. CDT.
Event-By-Event U-M Individual Scores
High Bar Michael Myler 14.15 Rohan Sebastian 13.95 Taylor Harrower 14.30 Adrian de los Angeles 14.60 (t4) Sam Mikulak 14.85 (1) Michael Strathern 13.65 Floor Hub Humphrey 12.60 Kevin Fraser 14.40 Rohan Sebastian 14.55 Adrian de los Angeles 15.10 (4) Sam Mikulak 14.60 (t9) Stacey Ervin 15.20 (3) Pommel Horse Matt Freeman 12.50 A.J. Schottstaedt 13.80 Michael Myler 14.10 (t9) Adrian de los Angeles 14.10 (t9)x Sam Mikulak 14.05 Dylan James 14.55 (4) Rohan Sebastian * 13.75 Still Rings Matt Freeman 13.85 Alex Bubnov 14.75 Jordan Gaarenstroom 14.40 Adrian de los Angeles 13.00 Rohan Sebastian 14.50 Sam Mikulak 14.80 Vault Taylor Harrower 14.40 Michael Strathern 14.05 Stacey Ervin 15.20 (2) Rohan Sebastian 14.45 Adrian de los Angeles 15.00 (8) Sam Mikulak 15.15 (3) Parallel Bars Nick Hunter 14.15 Stacey Ervin 14.70 (t7) Michael Strathern 14.75 (5) Rohan Sebastian 12.65 Adrian de los Angeles 14.55 Sam Mikulak 15.45 (1) All-Around Sam Mikulak 88.90 (2) Adrian de los Angeles 86.35 (5) Rohan Sebastian 83.85 (8) x - will not compete in event finals * - score counts only for all-around
N O T E S
The second-place finish marks the fourth straight year that the Wolverines have finished in the top two.
With Illinois' C.J. Maestas winning the all-around, he snaps a three-year streak of a U-M all-arounder winning the crown. He also becomes the second straight freshman to win the award, as Sam Mikulak took the win in his rookie year in 2011.
Illinois won its fourth straight Big Ten title, becoming the first team since 1980 to accomplish the feat.
The Wolverines entered the competition ranked fifth in the Big Ten in terms of NCAA rankings and defeated higher-ranked opponents in No. 1 Penn State, No. 6 Ohio State and No. 5 Minnesota.
Contact: Scott Kemps (734) 763-4423