March 11, 2014
The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team (17-0, 10-0 Big Ten) returns home for the squad's first home meet in more than a month to host the No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions (13-1 , 2-1 Big Ten) on Friday (March 14) at 3:30 p.m. in a meet that will be shown live via the Big Ten Network inside Cliff Keen Arena. Mike Wolf and John Roethlisberger will be on the call for the lone U-M dual meet that is televised this season.
All About the Wolverines
Michigan enters as the No. 3 team in the country (439.983) and is ranked in the top three on four events; No. 1 on parallel bars (73.65), No. 2 on floor (76.60) and No. 3 on horse (73.217) and rings (74.650).
Graduate student Syque Caesar leads the individual rankings for U-M as he is No. 1 in the country on parallel bars with a 15.55 average. Ervin is No. 2 on floor (15.417), while Matt Freeman (pommel horse) and Nick Hunter (parallel bars) are No. 5 in their respective events.
About Penn State
The Nittany Lions enter the meet ranked as the No. 8 team in the country and are No. 4 in the country on floor exercise (73.317) and No. 6 on still rings (73.517) and on parallel bars (72.233). Individually, Penn State is led by 2013 NCAA floor exercise champion Trevor Howard, who a high score on the event this season of 15.50. Alexis Torres is ranked No. 5 on floor (15.217). Howard is also No. 4 on still rings (15.55), while Torres is No. 6 on rings (15.33).
U-M Knocks off No. 5 Penn State, Puerto Rican National Team; Ervin B1G Gymnast of the Week
Behind the nation's top floor exercise score from junior Stacey Ervin of 16.10, U-M defeated No. 5 Penn State and the Puerto Rican National Team on Friday (March 7) at Pedrin Zorilla Coliseum with a team score of 438.80.
The score for Ervin earned him B1G Gymnast of the Week and is just .05 away from the school record that he already owns. In addition to winning the eighth floor title of his career, Ervin scored a 14.20 on high bar as U-M tallied a 438.50 team total in the pair of wins.
Michigan began the night on floor, where Ervin notched the first 16-plus floor score in the country this season. Senior Sam Mikulak returned the NCAA action with a 15.60 on the exercise as U-M scored a stellar 76.10, which was just .10 off the team's season high.
On parallel bars, senior Syque Caesar led the Wolverines with a 15.50 followed by a 15.05 from Nick Hunter to aid in the total of 73.50 on the event. Michigan closed out its night on high bar, where Caesar scored a 14.70 to seal the victory over the Nittany Lions, who scored a 428.550.
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 a title was 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.
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 11)
4. Ohio State
8. Penn State
10. Air Force
11. William & Mary
15. Arizona State
3. Team (439.983)
2. Floor (76.600)
3. Pommel Horse (73.217)
3. Still Rings (74.650)
4. Vault (73.917)
1. Parallel Bars (73.650)
8. High Bar (71.200)
2. Stacey Ervin (15.417)
5. Matt Freeman (14.883)
9. Syque Caesar (14.970)
10. Syque Caesar (14.783)
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.
Saturday, March 22 -- vs. UIC (Crisler Center), 7 p.m.
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