Nov. 29, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's gymnastics program signed seven recruits to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, making this the largest signed class in the program's history. Adrian De Los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./Robert A. Millikan), Stacey Ervin Jr. (Taylor, Mich./Harry S. Truman), Taylor Harrower (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman), Nicholas Hunter (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield), Mark Panhorst (Hanover Park, Ill./Glenbard North), Paul Rizkalla Jr. (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) and Michael Strathern (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) will join the Wolverines for the 2012 season.
"The class is made up of very talented individuals" said head coach Kurt Golder. "I predict that a few are capable of making the Senior National Team in the future. I believe they'll all contribute and make a big difference for our team."
De Los Angeles is currently a member of the Junior National Team. He finished runner-up in the all-around, took first place on still rings, and posted top-10 finishes on floor exercise, pommel horse, vault and parallel bars at the 2010 US Championships. He placed fourth in the all-around, first on parallel bars, second on pommel horse and high bar and sixth on rings at the 2010 Junior Olympic Nationals. De Los Angeles trains at SCATS Gymnastics, the same gym where current freshmen Sam Mikulak (Corona del Mar, Calif./Corona del Mar) and Jordan Gaarenstroom (Laguna Hills, Calif./Halstrom) once trained.
Ervin is also a member of the Junior National Team, placing fourth in the all-around, just behind future teammate De Los Angeles, at the 2010 US Championships. Ervin also had top-10 finishes on floor, rings, and parallel bars. At the 2010 Junior Olympic Nationals, Ervin edged De Los Angeles in the all-around, taking third place. He also won vault, took second place on parallel bars, and sixth place on floor and rings. Ervin currently trains at Mills Gymnastics.
Paul Rizkalla Jr.
Stacey Ervin Jr.
Rizkalla had a strong all-around finish at the 2010 Junior Olympic Nationals, just missing the all-around finals. He trains out of Surgent's Elite, the same gym as current freshman Alex Bubnov (Fanwood, N.J./Scotch Plains-Fanwood) and current volunteer assistant coach and former Wolverine Ralph Rosso.
Harrower trains at Integrity Gymnastics and had strong finishes in floor and vault at the 2010 Junior Olympic Nationals.
Hunter finished 14th in the all-around at the 2010 US Championships and 31st in the all-around at the 2010 Junior Olympic Nationals. He currently competes for Gymnastics World.
Panhorst and Strathern compete for Bartlett Gymnastics Center under coach Chris McKee, who also coached current senior Wolverine Ben Baldus-Strauss (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South). Panhorst had a strong finish on the parallel bars at the 2010 Junior Olympic Nationals, missing the event finals by one spot. Strathern took the 11th-place spot in the all-around at the 2010 US Championships and finished 26th in the all-around at the 2010 Junior Olympic Nationals.
The Wolverines flip into action at Cliff Keen Arena on Friday (Dec. 10) at 7 p.m. with the annual Maize and Blue Intrasquad.
Contact: Ryan McCarthy (734) 763-4423