Nov. 25, 2015
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's gymnastics coach Kurt Golder announced the addition of five incoming student-athletes Wednesday (Nov. 25) in the likes of Mitchell Brown (Fortville, Ind./Pendleton Heights), Mikey Brewer (Clarksburg, N.J./Red Bank), Socrates Gavallas (Brick, N.J./Brick Township), Thomas Paul (Morgantown, W.Va./Morgantown) and Connor Welch (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman).
"Overall, this is a solid class," said Golder. "It's not a huge class, but it's not small either, and fits nicely within our roster size limitations. I think all of these guys are capable of contributing to our success and making us a better team."
The class is headlined by Brown, who recently finished third on vault and fourth on pommel horse at the 2015 P&G Championships. He finished second on high bar at the 2015 Junior Olympic National Championships, as well as third on pommel horse, and lists his favorite event as high bar.
Welch, a pommel horse specialist, tied for seventh on pommel horse at the 2015 Whitfield Classic in Ann Arbor with a 12.700. He also excelled in the classroom, maintaining a 3.85-plus GPA to earn 2014 USA Gymnastics Academic All-America honors.
Gavallas placed 21st at the 2015 Junior Nationals in the all-around, as well as fifth on high bar and seventh on pommel horse. He and Brewer, who hail from Monmouth Gymnastics Training Center in New Jersey, both possess great potential according to Golder. Paul, who trained at West Virginia Gymnastics Training Center, holds the distinction of being the first male gymnast in West Virginia state history to compete in the Junior Olympics.
Michigan will open up the 2016 campaign on Sunday (Dec. 13) at 3 p.m. with the annual Maize & Blue Intrasquad meet from Cliff Keen Arena. Admission is free.
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