March 15, 2017
The No. 9-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team (6-6, 3-4 Big Ten) returns to conference dual-meet action, traveling to State College to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions at Rec Hall. Action begins at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday (March 18).
As a team, U-M is ranked No. 9 in the CGA Coaches Poll, as well as No. 10 in the Road To Nationals Rankings (402.650). The Maize and Blue ranks in the top 10 on a trio of events, as U-M is No. 8 on floor (69.250), No. 9 on pommel horse (65.817) and No. 6 on vault (71.050). The squad has been consistently ranked in the top 10 on all three events. Additionally, U-M is No. 12 on still rings (66.750), No. 11 on parallel bars (66.900) and No. 13 on high bar (65.417).
Individually, sophomore Emyre Cole is ranked in the top 10 on both floor (9th, 14.417) and on vault (4th, 14.833). Classmate Anthony McCallum is No. 2 on vault with a 14.917 four-score average. Sophomore Ryan Dunning leads the way on still rings, checking in at No. 15 with a 14.217 on the event.
In an upset win over No. 3 Illinois on Saturday (March 11), U-M marked a season-best 407.300 team score. Additionally, sophomore Emyre Cole stuck his vault for an event title and season-best 15.10. Sophomore Justin Hopgood marked the best U-M score of the season on high bar with a 14.40, while both sophomore Samuel Su and freshman Mitchell Brown scored career bests on pommel horse. Over spring break, U-M fell to the Illini on March 4 by nearly five points in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The sophomore class owns the highest scores on each event this season, as Emyre Cole has scored U-M's highest scores on the season on floor (14.90), vault (15.10) and parallel bars (14.20). Uche Eke owns the top score on pommel horse (14.15), Ryan Dunning has the top rings score with 14.50, and Justin Hopgood owns the top mark on high bar (14.40) in his lone collegiate competition. Additionally, nine event titles have been won by the sophomore class; Cole (5), McCallum (2), Dunning (1), Eke (1).
According to the Road To Nationals All-Event Rankings, U-M's top three gymnasts this season have been sophomore Emyre Cole (368.750), freshman Mitchell Brown (239.200) and sophomore Anthony McCallum (234.700).
Michigan is 14-13 in the Kurt Golder era against the Nittany Lions. The last win in State College for the Wolverines will never be forgotten, as U-M captured the 2013 NCAA Championship inside Rec Hall.
-- Michigan Gymnastics (@UMichGym) March 13, 2017
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Saturday, March 25 -- vs. UIC (Cliff Keen Arena), 4 p.m.
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