U-M in Puerto Rico for Tri-Meet with Country's National Team, PSU
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March 4, 2014

THIS WEEK
Friday, March 7 -- vs. Puerto Rico National Team, No. 5 Penn State (San Juan, Puerto Rico), 6 p.m. AST

The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan Wolverine men's gymnastics team (14-0) returns to full team competition Friday (March 7) at the Pedrin Zorilla Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, versus the Puerto Rican National Team and No. 5 Penn State. The meet is slated for 6 p.m. AST. The meet will feature a five-up, five-count scoring system.

Periodic updates will be available on the Michigan men's gymnastics Twitter account.

WOLVERINE BITES

Mikulak Garners AT&T American Cup Title
Sam Mikulak won the all-around title at the 2014 AT&T American Cup at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday (March 1) with an all-around score of 90.098, beating out Japan's Shogo Nonomura at 88.965. The event is part of the International Gymnastics Federation's all-around World Cup series.

Mikulak started on floor with a 15.666 after tumbling a one-and-a-half to front double full and dismounting with a stuck triple full. He performed clean routines on the pommel horse and still rings with scores of 14.800 and 15.066, respectively. On the vault, he nearly stuck his Kasumatsu one-and-a-half for a 14.966. In the fifth rotation, Mikulak kept his swing going after a slight error in his healy on the parallel bars and scored 14.700. In the final rotation, on high bar, he executed his Kolman catch-and-release move for a 14.900 and sealed the title.

Michigan Wins Arnold Invite
The Wolverines took first at the first-ever Arnold Invitational with a team score of 437.50 on Saturday (March 1) at the Columbus Convention Center. Wolverines took home individual-event wins in five of six events on the day as U-M remained undefeated on the season.

Graduate student Syque Caesar claimed a pair of event titles on the day, beginning with a win on parallel bars with a 15.55. He followed with a pristine routine on high bar for a 15.80.

Also taking home titles were junior Stacey Ervin, who marked a 15.80 on floor in the first rotation. Rotation two saw U-M head to pommel horse, where senior Dylan James scored a 15.15 for first place, while classmate Matt Freeman took third with a 15.05.

On vault, freshman Tristian Perez-Rivera tallied a 15.10, while Caesar led an event sweep on parallel bars with his 15.55. Ervin took second on the event (15.00), while junior Nick Hunter placed third with a 14.95.

Caesar closed out the event wins for U-M in the final rotation, scoring 15.80.

Perez-Rivera Earns Big Ten Freshman of the Week
Tristian Perez-Rivera was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for his vault title at the Arnold Invitational on Saturday (March 1) in Columbus, Ohio. He took home his first career vault title with a 15.10 score. Perez-Rivera also scored a 14.80 on floor exercise to take eighth on the event.

The title helped the Wolverines (437.50) improve to 14-0 on the season by defeating Ohio State, Iowa, Nebraska, Arizona State and the Canadian National Team.

The honor was the first of Perez-Rivera's career. The last Wolverine to earn freshman of the week accolades was junior Stacey Ervin, who collected the honor on March 15, 2012.

Ervin, de los Angeles Take Part in Winter Cup
Juniors Adrian de los Angeles and Stacey Ervin took part in the 2014 Winter Cup finals Saturday (Feb. 23) at the Riviera Hotel. Both Wolverines excelled on vault in the two-day competition, with Ervin finishing seventh (29.85) and de los Angeles 11th (29.70). [ Recap ]

2014 GymInfo Coaches' Poll (March 24)
1. Oklahoma
2. Stanford
3. Michigan
4. Ohio State
5. Penn State
6. Minnesota
7. Illinois
8. Air Force
9. Iowa
10. Cal
11. Army
12. Nebraska
13. William & Mary
14. Navy
15. Springfield

Event Rankings
3. Team (441.900)
2. Floor (75.633)
2. Pommel Horse (73.883)
3. Still Rings (74.883)
4. Vault (73.917)
2. Parallel Bars (74.317)
9. High Bar (71.883)

Individual Rankings
Three-event averages

Floor Exercise
3. Stacey Ervin (15.417)
10. Adrian de los Angeles (15.250)

Pommel Horse
9. Matt Freeman (15.033)

Still Rings
10. Jordan Gaarenstroom (15.333)

Vault
8. Adrian de los Angeles (15.133)
10. Syque Caesar (15.083)

Parallel Bars
2. Syque Caesar (15.583)
4. Stacey Ervin (15.183)
8. Nick Hunter (15.067)

High Bar
8. Syque Caesar (15.150)

U-M to Host 2014 NCAA Gymnastics Championships
Tickets for the 2014 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships, hosted by the University of Michigan, went on sale to the general public Nov. 13. The nation's top collegiate gymnasts will travel to Ann Arbor to compete for individual and team glory Thursday through Saturday, April 10-12, at Crisler Center. The host Wolverines will look to defend their 2013 NCAA crown in front of their home fans.

All-session tickets are $28 for adults and $20 for youth (age 18 and younger) and seniors (age 55 and older). Single-session passes are $10 for adults and $7 for youth and seniors.

Groups of 10 or more of any age will be eligible for a discounted single-session rate of $5 per ticket.

Tickets may be purchased online at MGoBlue.com/tickets, over the phone (734-764-0247 or toll-free 866-296-MTIX), or in person at the Michigan Athletics Ticket Office, located in the Marie Hartwig Building at 1100 South State Street in Ann Arbor.

The NCAA Championships will begin on Thursday with two qualifying sessions, scheduled for 1 and 7 p.m. The team finals and all-around competition will be held on Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday's individual event finals will get underway at 7 p.m.

This will be the third time U-M has hosted a men's gymnastics national championship. Michigan also hosted the event in 1951 and 1971, with the latter held at Crisler. Overall, the last time U-M hosted and won an NCAA championship was in 1958, as men's swimming took home the NCAA title.

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 results 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. New to the 2014 season is the teams Instagram account, @umichgym.

NEXT UP
Friday, March 14 -- vs. Penn State (Cliff Keen Arena), 3:30 p.m. ET

Contact: Scott Kemps (skemps@umich.edu)