Chalk Talk #3: U-M Takes on Big Ten Rival Penn State in Home Opener

Jan. 19, 2010

Sunday, Jan. 24, 1 p.m.
-- vs. No. 6 Penn State (Cliff Keen Arena)
Live Results

The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team (4-1, 3-1 Big Ten) hosts the No. 6-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions in its home opener on Sunday (Jan. 24) at Cliff Keen Arena. Last year, the Wolverines traveled to State College, Pa., losing to PSU in a nailbiter, 348.900-348.350. Last Saturday (Jan. 16), Penn State picked up its 12th consecutive West Point Open team title along with five of the six individual event titles. The Big Ten Network will broadcast the Big Ten clash, which is scheduled to air Saturday, Jan. 30, at noon.


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Wolverines Claim Second at Season-Opening Windy City Invitational

The University of Michigan men's gymnastics team failed in its bid to win back-to-back Windy City Invitationals last Saturday (Jan 16), falling to the Illinois Fighting Illini (353.750-351.350). The Wolverines took second despite career-best efforts from three different gymnasts -- fifth-year senior Ryan McCarthy (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) (parallel bars and high bar), junior/sophomore Devan Cote (Hollis, N.H./Hollis-Brookline) (high bar) and junior Ian Makowske (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow) (high bar). Junior Chris Cameron (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) claimed four top-five finishes, including fifth place in the all-around with a combined score of 85.100.

Goldberg and Chan Re-elected Team Captains
For the second year in a row, seniors David Chan (Singapore/Hale School) and Phillip Goldberg (Dalton, Ga./McCallie) will captain the Wolverines. Chan and Goldberg were elected by the vote of their teammates after captaining the 2008-09 team to a share of the Big Ten title and a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

Santander Earns National Gymnast of the Week Honors
The College Gymnastics Association announced that University of Michigan men's senior gymnast Mel Anton Santander (Southborough, Mass/Algonquin Regional) was named the NCAA Division I Gymnast of the Week after a national poll of gymnastics coaches. Santander won the all-around and pommel horse at the Maize and Blue Intrasquad on Dec. 12, 2009.

The Accidental All-American
Senior co-captain David Chan is currently featured on in an article about the unique circumstances that lead him to become a two-time All-America honoree and team captain for the Wolverines. [ Read the story! ]

Strong Finish
After the host Wolverines claimed a share of the team title and juniors Thomas Kelley (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville) and Chris Cameron finished 1-2 in the all-around at the 2009 Big Ten Championships, the team set season highs two days in a row to finish in second place at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. The Wolverines NCAA haul also included five All-America honorees in Cameron, Joe Catrambone, Phillip Goldberg, Adam Hamers, and Kelley.

Meet the Wolverines!
Each week, presents a video feature on a different Wolverine gymnast, allowing fans to learn more about both the athlete and the sport more broadly. [ Check out the M-Zone for all the latest features! ]

International Wolverines
Two Wolverines have competed internationally this fall, freshman Rohan Sebastian (Oklahoma City, Okla./Bishop McGuinness Catholic) and Chris Cameron. Sebastian represented Ireland at the 2009 World Gymnastics Championships in London, England, finishing in 54th place in the all-around competition with a total score of 76.800.

Cameron finished in seventh place on the pommel horse with a 14.200 representing the U.S. national team in the finals of the DTB Grand Prix event. Competing in a field that included the top three from the 2009 World Championships, Cameron held his own, using his trademark Thomas flairs and clean execution. [ Watch the video of Cameron's DTB performance ]

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