Feb. 13, 2013
The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team (7-0) returns to team competition Saturday (Feb. 16) as the Wolverines travel to Columbus to take on the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes (5-3-1) from St. John Arena at 2:30 p.m. The meet will be broadcast live via the Big Ten Network; John Roethlisberger and Mike Wolf will call the action.
Michigan enters the meet ranked in the top two in four team events nationally, as the squad is No. 1 on parallel bars and No. 2 on floor, pommel horse, and vault. Individually, Syque Caesar holds down the top spot in parallel bars (15.333), while Stacey Ervin is No. 1 on vault (15.10) and No. 2 on floor (15.25). Adrian de los Angeles tops the all-around rankings with an 87.983.
Ohio State ranks nationally in the top five in four of six events. The Buckeyes are No. 3 on floor (73.750), No. 4 on pommel horse (71.883), No. 5 on vault (72.967) and No. 4 on high bar (70.567). In individual events, Michael Newburger ranks No. 2 on pommel horse (15.30), while two Buckeyes grace the top five on high bar in No. 4 Jake Martin (14.95) and No. 5 Kris Done (14.65).
Last season, then-No. 7 U-M scored a season-high 345.700 team score and season-best tallies on four events, while Sam Mikulak won the all-around with a 90.00 as U-M dealt Ohio State its first loss of the season on Feb. 18, 2012. Mikulak earned titles on parallel bars (15.30) and on high bar (15.40) en route to taking the all-around competition, while Adrian de los Angeles took second in the all-around with an 85.50. Michigan is 83-102 all-time against the Buckeyes.
U-M is ranked No. 3 in the latest GymInfo poll with a 436.80 scoring average.
On Saturday (Feb. 9), de los Angeles was named to the United States National Team for the second time in his career for his performance at the Winter Cup Challenge. In the two-day scoring, de los Angeles was second in all-around competition (172.400), and he was second on floor (31.10), ninth on pommel horse (27.80), third on still rings (28.60), sixth on parallel bars (28.95) and tied for eighth on high bar (27.35). Following the competition, de los Angeles, along with several others, were named to the U.S. national team, along with all eight members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team.
For his efforts at the Winter Cup, de los Angeles was named College Gymnastics Association NCAA Gymnast of the Week, as well as Big Ten Gymnast of the Week for the second time this season. He previously took home the conference honor on Jan. 21 earlier this season. The last Wolverine to take home both honors was Syque Caesar, who earned the distinction on Jan. 28.
Syque Caesar was named National Gymnast of the Week by the College Gymnastics Association in addition to Big Ten Gymnast of the Week for his NCAA record-setting parallel bars performance and quartet of top-three finishes in U-M's 439.750-429.350 victory over the Cardinal Saturday (Jan. 26). The team captain claimed a pair of first-place finishes against the Cardinal, on parallel bars with the NCAA record (15.90) and on high bar (14.80). He also placed second on floor exercise with a 15.25 and third on vault with a 15.00.The 15.90 on parallel bars eclipsed the previous NCAA record of 15.85 set on April 5, 2008, by Tim McNeill of California.
U-M National Ranks (Average)
Floor, 2nd -- 74.70
Pommel Horse, 2nd --71.96
Still Rings, 5th -- 73.383
Vault, 2nd -- 74.033
Parallel Bars, 1st -- 73.85
NCAA INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS (TOP 10)
2. Ervin 15.250
3. de los Angeles 15.200
10. Caesar 14.967
5. Freeman 15.017
1. Ervin 15.100
4. de los Angeles 14.950
8. Caesar 14.817
1. Caesar 15.333
4. de los Angeles 15.000
10. Freeman 14.917
1. de los Angeles 87.983
2013 GymInfo Coaches' Poll
1. Penn State
5. Ohio State
11. William & Mary
14. Air Force
Ways to Follow U-M Gymnastics
For fans not able to attend meets this season, there are several ways to follow the Wolverines action this year. Your primary source for all things Michigan is MGoBlue.com, where recaps, features, schedules, and statistics can be found. Live stats will be provided for all home meets, as well as select away meets. Additionally, follow @umichgym for live updates at meets, and 'like' Michigan men's gymnastics on Facebook, where special content can be found throughout the season.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
|Adrian de los Angeles|
Long Beach, Calif.
Q: How does making the national team for the second time in your career set you up for success the rest of the season?
A: Making the national team for the second time in my career helps boost my confidence with my gymnastics. It reminds me that my gymnastics is heading in the right direction, and that other people (coaches, national team committee) see that is occurring as well.
Q: What has been the most memorable experience in your U-M career thus far?
A: My most memorable experience during my career here at U-M has to be making the senior national team the first time as a freshman, along with teammate Sam Mikulak. It was extra special because that has not been done before under Coach Golder.
Q: What is your favorite part of being a Michigan gymnast?
A: My favorite part of being a Michigan gymnast has to be being able to represent the whole University of Michigan family in competition. There's something special about representing that Block 'M' on the floor.
Q: What are you looking forward to the rest of the season?
A: I'm looking forward to the team and staying healthy throughout the season, and our team's pursuit of winning a Big Ten and an NCAA national championship.
Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies/activities outside of gymnastics?
A: Some of my favorite hobbies outside of gymnastics would have to be making Whole Foods and Costco trips with some of my teammates and grabbing some free samples. Also, spending time with my brothers is always time well spent.
Q: The Michigan-Ohio State rivalry is always intense, does it feel any different competing against the Buckeyes?
A: When it comes to competing against other teams I try to stay zoned and focused on my own gymnastics, and what I can control. However, there is a better feeling of satisfaction after we beat certain teams out there.
Wednesday, March 6 -- at Arizona State (Chandler, Ariz.), 7:30 p.m. MST
Saturday, March 9 -- vs. Oklahoma (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.