Wolverines Tabbed No. 2 in GymInfo Preseason Poll
Sam Mikulak

Oct. 9, 2012

2013 U-M Men's Gymnastics Schedule

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's gymnastics team will enter the 2013 campaign ranked No. 2 in the GymInfo preseason national poll, which was released Sunday (Oct. 7). The Maize and Blue, which looks to improve upon a sixth-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships, received two first-place votes.

Big Ten Conference foe Illinois sits atop the poll, garnering six first-place votes. Checking in at No. 3 is Oklahoma with two first-place votes, followed by Penn State at No. 4 with three first-place votes. Stanford rounds out the top five with two first-place votes. Depth in the Big Ten will again be a factor as seven squads debut in the top-10. Conference members Minnesota, Ohio State, Nebraska and Iowa rank Nos. 7-10.

For the 2013 season the Wolverines return a plethora of talent, including 2012 United States Olympian and defending NCAA high bar champion Sam Mikulak (Corona del Mar, Calif./Corona del Mar), who also tied for runner-up in the all-around competition at the 2012 NCAA Championships.

Two All-Americans from last season return, including Mikulak (all-around, high bar, parallel bars) and sophomore Stacey Ervin (Taylor, Mich./Truman) on the floor exercise and vault. The Wolverines will also welcome back fifth-year senior Syque Caesar (Port Saint Lucie, Fla./ Lincoln Park Academy), who competed for Bangladesh in the 2012 Olympics, as well as sophomore Adrian de los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan), who was a member of the 2012 All-Big Ten first team.

The Wolverines will host No. 5 Stanford in their first home meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 26, and then welcome No. 8 California on Saturday, Feb. 2. A meet against No. 3 Oklahoma on Saturday, March 9, will cap off the home season against top-10 ranked opponents. All three events will be held in Cliff Keen Arena.

U-M will open up the season with the annual Maize & Blue Intrasquad meet at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Cliff Keen Arena.

2013 GymInfo Preseason Coaches' Poll
First-place votes in parentheses

1. Illinois (6)
2. Michigan (2)
3. Oklahoma (2)
4. Penn State (3)
5. Stanford (2)
6. California
7. Minnesota
8. Ohio State
9. Nebraska
10. Iowa
11. Air Force
12. Temple
13. Army
14. William & Mary
15. UIC

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