COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 3 Michigan collected the second-highest team score in the country this season, defeating No. 5 Ohio State 446.150-435.650 on Saturday at Ohio State’s St. John Arena. U-M tallied season-best event scores on floor, still rings and high bar, while sophomore Stacey Ervin secured the top floor score in the country and a Michigan record with a 16.15.
“This score should move us up a bit in the national rankings, but there is room for improvement,” head coach Kurt Golder said. “However, to go out on the road and get a near 10-point victory against a rival like Ohio State, who was ranked No. 5 in the country, is a great step. Like I said, there is room to get better, but it’s hard to not be happy with a season-high score, especially when it comes on the road.”
Michigan began the day on pommel horse, where junior Dylan James led the charge with a 14.60 for third place as U-M collected a 72.45 on the apparatus. In rotation two on still rings, the Wolverines smashed their previous season best with a 76.25, as junior Matt Freeman scored a career-best 15.70 for his first title on the event.
On vault, senior Syque Caesar tied for second as Michigan scored a 74.75 in rotation three, while Ervin (14.70) and classmate Nick Hunter each tied for second on parallel bars as the Wolverines scored a 72.75.
On high bar, U-M scored a season-best 72.25, led by sophomore Adrian de los Angeles, who earned a career-high 15.05, which was good for his first event title on the apparatus.
Ervin and de los Angeles solidified the win in the final rotation, as Ervin collected the program-record 16.15, followed by de los Angeles in second with a 15.45 as U-M posted a score of 76.80, which is tops in the nation by .95 points.
Michigan secured 10 individual career highs on the day, led by a pair from freshman Konner Ackerman (floor, vault) and de los Angeles (floor, rings).