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Wolverines Head to Big Ten Championships in Search of Back-to-Back Titles

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Wolverines Head to Big Ten Championships in Search of Back-to-Back Titles

3/29/2022 1:40:00 PM

// Scott Kemps

» The Wolverines look to defend their 2021 Big Ten crown and secure their 19th conference championship.

» Michigan enters as the top-ranked team in the conference and is No. 1 on floor exercise, still rings and parallel bars.

» U-M will rotate in Olympic order, starting the meet on floor exercise.

THIS WEEK

Fri-Sat., April 1-2 — at Big Ten Championships (State College, Pa.)

TV: Big Ten Network

Friday — Team and All-Around Finals, 7 p.m.

Live Scoring | Live Video

Saturday — Individual Event Finals, 7 p.m.

Live Scoring | Live Video

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The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men’s gymnastics team, fresh off sharing the 2022 Big Ten Conference regular-season title, enters the Big Ten Championships as the top-ranked team in the field. The meet on Friday and Saturday (April 1-2) at Penn State’s Rec Hall is slated for a 7 p.m. start on each day of competition and will be broadcast live on Big Ten Network.

Wolverine Bites

• The Wolverines, coming off a Big Ten regular-season co-championship with Ohio State, enter the postseason portion of the season ranked as the No. 2 team in the country (409.783) and the top-ranked team in the Big Ten.

• Junior Paul Juda was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Year on Monday (March 28). Juda was named Gymnast of the year in the 2021 season and Big Ten Freshman of the year in 2020. He joined elite company, as alum Sam Mikulak is Michigan’s only other multi-time winner. The Big Ten Gymnast of the Year honor is the ninth in U-M team history dating back to the formation of the award in the 1988 season.

• U-M leads the Big Ten in total team score (four-score average) at 409.783, two points ahead of Nebraska and nearly 4.5 points ahead of Illinois. Michigan’s 412.850 registered at Army on March 5 is the second-highest score in the conference behind Illinois’ 416.000.

• U-M ranks as the No. 1 team in the conference on floor exercise (68.583), still rings (69.017), and parallel bars (68.767). The Wolverines are third on both vault (71.383) and high bar (66.333). Their weakest event is pommel horse (65.350), where the squad ranks No. 4 in the Big Ten.

• The Wolverines have yet to compete a full-strength lineup, with senior Cameron Bock working his way back from injury. Bock, a two-time Big Ten all-around champion, will not compete in the all-around this week.

• Individually, senior Nicholas Guy has the conference’s highest average score on vault (14.608, 14.750 high score), while Juda has the top average in the conference on parallel bars (14.080, 14.800 high score) and high bar (14.258, 14.500 high score). His all-around score of 86.100 against Army and William & Mary on March 5 is the top score of any Big Ten all-arounder.

• Other Wolverines whose average scores ranking highly on individual events are sophomore Javier Alfonso on still rings (second, 13.983) and classmate Colin Stenger (third, 13.858). Fellow sophomore Evgeny Siminiuc has the second-best average on parallel bars at 14.058 and the fifth-best on high bar at 13.450. Junior Crew Bold owns a 13.108 average that is 14th best in the Big Ten on high bar, but his 14.700 against Penn State (March 19) is the top score in the country.

• Michigan will begin the championship on floor exercise and rotate through Olympic order in the five-team meet. Floor exercise will be followed by pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar.

• The Wolverines captured the Big Ten regular-season title with a win over Penn State on March 18. It is U-M’s third consecutive regular-season crown after winning last season and in 2019 as well. Michigan was atop the conference standings in 2020 at 6-0 before the remainder of the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Juda and assistant coach Jordan Gaarenstroom missed the team’s Big Ten-sealing victory because Juda was competing in the 2022 FIG Apparatus World Cup in Cairo, Egypt. Juda took silver medals on floor exercise and high bar, scoring a 14.333 on floor and a 13.933 on high bar.

Championship History

• The Wolverines have won four of the last 12 Big Ten championships dating back to the co-championship in 2009. Most recently, U-M captured the 2021 Big Ten championship, bringing the program total up to 18 titles.

• At the 2021 championships, Bock successfully defended his 2019 all-around title (84.700) while also taking home the individual event titles on pommel horse (14.350) and still rings (14.000). In addition, Juda came in third in the all-around (83.350).

Last Wolverine Big Ten Event Title

All-Around: Cameron Bock (2021)

Floor Exercise: Jacob Moore (2019)

Pommel Horse: Cameron Bock (2021)

Still Rings: Cameron Bock (2021)

Vault: Anthony McCallum (2016)

Parallel Bars: Nick Hunter (2015)

High Bar: Sam Mikulak (2013)

Michigan Big Ten Titles by Event

All-Around: 17

Floor Exercise: 13

Pommel Horse: 5

Still Rings: 10

Vault: 14

Parallel Bars: 23

High Bar: 14

Up Next

Fri-Sat., April 16-17 — at NCAA Championships (Norman, Okla.)





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