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Large Ten Males’s Gymnastics Week 9 Recap


Following an exhilarating Winter Cup competitors, Large Ten males’s gymnastics is again in full swing. Illinois began the weekend robust, delivering a 410.500 with their newcomers main the way in which on a number of occasions. Within the matchup of the week, No. 4 Michigan introduced down No. 1 Oklahoma in commanding vogue, profitable by almost 7 factors. Penn State secured a victory over Springfield at residence however has not crossed the 410.000 workforce rating aircraft. Nebraska almost took down a Stanford workforce that had all its stars within the lineup. In the meantime, Ohio State was on a bye.

The Large Ten confirmed its potential in Week 9 and appears to be gearing up for a contentious second half of the season. 

#14 Simpson, #13 William & Mary @ #3 Illinois

Last rating: Illinois: 410.500, William & Mary: 374.950, Simpson: 363.050

Following the Winter Cup break, Illinois claimed one other victory. The Illini haven’t misplaced since their season opener. Illinois was capable of train depth on this non-conference competitors, as many newcomers have been capable of shine. 

Coming off a disappointing weekend at Winter Cup, captain Connor McCool got here again robust on the ground, profitable the ground title with a season-high 14.700. Tate Costa got here in second with one other squeaky clear set, scoring a 14.150. 

Following his third place end on pommel horse at Winter Cup, Brandon Dang nailed one other pommel set, scoring a 14.950 for a straightforward victory. Will Hauke got here in second on the occasion, delivering a routine with clear scissors and flops for a 14.000. Illinois swept the rings podium, highlighted by Ashton Anaya’s good Maltese and cross positions (14.400).

Amari Sewell drilled his Kas 1.5 to safe the vault title (14.900). He was adopted intently by his teammate, Garrett Schooley, who scored a 14.700 and has grow to be a robust contender for a postseason vault title. Illinois additionally swept the parallel bars podium with the highest three scorers being solely 0.150 aside. Vahe Petrosyan gained his first-career occasion title with a 14.150 on parallel bars.

Ryan Vanichtheeranont and Logan Myers each carried out clear Tkatchev sequences to seal the victory, going first and second on the occasion with a 14.000 and 13.800, respectively. Myers at present sits within the prime 10 nationally (eighth), primarily based on 3-score common. One other spotlight competitor of the night was Preston Ngai, youthful brother of Illini legend Brandon Ngai, who scored spectacular marks on pommel horse (13.900) and vault (14.550) in simply his second outing for the Illini.

Schooley gained the all-around title – the primary of the freshman’s profession – with a 79.400 in opposition to three different athletes.

Illinois has confirmed to be a constant workforce this season, sustaining a excessive hit share and delivering 410+ scores frequently. Illinois can have a tricky activity in Week 10, taking over Nebraska in Lincoln. If Illinois can win that competitors, they are going to be within the driver’s seat for the Large Ten title.

#1 Oklahoma @ #4 Michigan

Last rating: Michigan: 416.300 – Oklahoma: 409.550

The matchup of the week didn’t disappoint as Michigan cruised to a victory in opposition to Oklahoma at residence. Though Oklahoma took the lead early with a 70.050 rating on ground, Michigan put up its highest ground rating of the season with a 69.350. Fred Richard and Landen Blixt led the way in which for the Wolverines with a 14.300 and 14.350, respectively. Blixt not too long ago positioned eighth on the ground at Winter Cup and is ranked within the prime 5 within the NCAA on the equipment. Richard remains to be performing a “downgraded” ground routine as he recovers from a minor damage.

Paul Juda and Kevin Chow nailed their pommel horse routines to forestall the Sooners from pulling away additional on their strongest occasion. Juda put up a career-high 14.750 on a 15.4 begin worth routine. Chow additionally put up a career-high rating on a routine that features excessive amplitude flairs, coming in second behind Juda with a 14.000. 

The Wolverines really turned the tide on rings, the place they beat Oklahoma by 6 factors on the occasion. Chris Learn, who’s at present ranked within the prime 5 on rings, delivered one other clear routine, scoring a 14.050 and touchdown a second place end. Javier Alfonso, coming off his third place end at Winter Cup, nailed his full-twisting double structure dismount, scoring a 15.050 and almost breaking his career-high 15.100. Michigan continued to roll on vault, the place David Wolma as soon as once more caught his Kas 1.5, scoring a 14.900. Juda got here in second with a 14.650. 

Getting back from damage, Lais Najjar returned to Michigan’s parallel bars however fell on his dismount. With that stated, the rest of the Wolverines’ parallel bars lineup dominated, scoring a 69.950 with a fall. Crew Daring put up an NCAA season excessive and career-high rating of 14.950 to take the occasion title over teammate Evgeny Siminuic, who scored a 14.500. Regardless of two falls within the last rotation, the Wolverines accomplished their victory with a 14.100 and 14.850 from Siminuic and Richard, respectively.

“It didn’t matter who we have been competing in opposition to right now, the aim was carry our efficiency from coaching to competitors. That’s that half we’re nonetheless nailing down; if we are able to compete how we follow, then we win” stated co-captain Najjar following the competitors in regard to Michigan’s mentality coming into the meet. With Richard having not competed all-around but and Juda having solely two all-around outings, the Wolverines clearly have room to develop within the postseason.

Catch the Wolverines touring to Columbus for his or her rivalry matchup in opposition to Ohio State subsequent week on March 9 at 2 p.m. ET.

#12 Springfield School @ #6 Penn State

Last rating: Penn State: 403.100 – Springfield: 381.650

The Nittany Lions gained large in Week 9 following the Winter Cup break, placing up a 403.100 to Springfield’s 381.650. Regardless of some errors on ground, the Nittany Lions maintained the lead all through the competitors. 

Following a prime 10 end on parallel bars and excessive bar at Winter Cup, Matt Cormier returned to the ground lineup, sealing the primary ground title since his knee damage, scoring a 13.950. Luke Esparo and Akseli Karsikas additionally had robust finishes on ground with a 13.750 and 13.700, respectively. Derek Schlagenhauf delivered a season-high 13.800 on the pommel for second place, intently adopted by Ethan Dick, who scored a 13.750. Following a robust displaying at Winter Cup, the place he completed second on ground, ninth within the all-around, and made the nationwide workforce, Karnes confirmed his sturdiness, nonetheless competing three occasions for the Nittany Lions. Karnes scored a 13.600 on a success pommel routine, simply lacking out on the rostrum.

Matthew Underhill gained rings with a season-high rating of 13.900. Regardless of being inconsistent thus far this season, Underhill has the problem to cope with among the prime rings opponents within the nation. 

Penn State swept the vault podium, with Esparo profitable the occasion title after a career-high rating of 14.550. Coming off of his Winter Cup efficiency, Michael Artlip returned to the vault lineup with a second place end, scoring a 14.300. On parallel bars, Karnes confirmed why he’s the No. 1 gymnast within the nation on the occasion, scoring a 14.850. Ian Raubal completed second, additionally scoring above a 14 on the occasion (14.100). Kacper Garnczarek rounded out the rostrum with a career-high 13.800 on the occasion. Karnes racked up one other occasion title on excessive bar, capping a robust day with a 13.700 on the occasion. Cormier completed in second with a 13.350, adopted by Garnczarek with a 12.900.

Penn State opted to relaxation Michael Jaroh and their Winter Cup contingent on many occasions, leaving room for lots of progress in potential workforce rating.

Following the competitors, co-captain Cormier stated, “So far as the workforce’s efficiency, I’d say we nonetheless have some locations to enhance like sticking landings and total confidence, however at this level within the season, I’m very glad to see that we’re capable of put collectively an honest meet with primarily any lineup … I’m anticipating that by way of the remainder of the season, as we gear up into our max lineups, we must always be capable of rival anybody.”

Penn State is not going to compete in Week 10 however can have a tough matchup after the bye in opposition to Michigan in Ann Arbor in Week 11.

#2 Stanford, #5 Nebraska, Air Drive @ #8 California

Last rating: Stanford: 410.850, Nebraska: 408.150, California: 394.850, Air Drive: 386.800

Nebraska beat out California and Air Drive however fell to Stanford’s 410.850 workforce rating. 

The Cornhuskers began on parallel bars, delivering a strong rotation and scoring a 67.350 on the occasion. Sam Phillips put up the best rating for Nebraska on the occasion with a 13.750, adopted intently by Taylor Christopulos with a 13.650. Nebraska put up the strongest excessive bar rotation of the competitors, taking two podium spots. Zachary Tiderman’s clear Tkatchevs led to a 13.850 and a second place end. Phillips additionally hit his routine, scoring a 13.750 to complete in third.

Christopulos delivered one other robust efficiency on ground, scoring a 14.000 and almost lacking out on the occasion title behind Tyler Shimizu’s 14.100. Luke James’ distinctive routine almost made the rostrum, mounting with a entrance Randi down the facet of the ground and together with a again 3.5 twist. 

Cooper Giles sealed the pommel horse title in a area that included world silver medalist Khoi Younger after a 14.200. Nathan York additionally contributed a strong rating, posting a season-high 13.500 on the occasion. 

Regardless of rings being one among their weaker occasions, the Cornhuskers posted a robust 68.350, which is a season greatest so far. Chris Hiser tied his private greatest on the occasion and almost made the rostrum with a 14.050.

Nebraska put up a competition-best 71.600 on vault, displaying why they’re No. 1 on the occasion within the nation. James led the way in which, scoring a 14.450 on a clear Kas 1.5. Christopulos positioned proper behind his teammate, scoring a 14.400. Christopulos’ sturdiness and management have been on full show as he contributed on 4 occasions following his prime 10 placement on the pommel and within the all-around at Winter Cup. Toby Liang additionally competed and positioned prime 10 on pommel at Winter Cup however rested on the occasion and solely contributed on excessive bar this week.

Phillips cruised to an all-around victory, scoring an 80.200, which places him within the prime 5 nationally. Phillips stated, “[The fact we were] capable of put all of it collectively in comp, hit 30/30 in an away meet, and put some warmth on Stanford is successful in itself.”

The Cornhuskers can have one other problem in Week 10 once they face a robust Illinois workforce at residence in Lincoln.

#7 Ohio State

Ohio State was on a bye throughout Week 9 however can have a tall activity in Week 10, dealing with a red-hot Michigan workforce that’s coming off a win over the No. 1 workforce within the nation. The Buckeyes have a terrific alternative to make a press release at residence in opposition to their rival.

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