Wolverines head to Big Ten championships in search of back-to-back titles

Wolverines head to Big Ten championships in search of back-to-back titles

03/29/2022 1:40:00 PM

//Scott Kemps

The Wolverines are looking to defend their 2021 Big Ten crown and secure their 19th conference championship.
Michigan enters as the highest-ranked team in the conference and is No. 1 in floor exercise, rings still and parallel bars.
UM will rotate in Olympic order, beginning the meet on floor exercise.

THIS WEEK

Fri-Sat., April 1-2 — at the Big Ten Championships (State College, Pennsylvania)
Television: Big Ten Network

Friday — Team and all-around finals, 7 p.m.
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Saturday — Individual event finals, 7 p.m.
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The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men’s gymnastics team just shared the 2022 Big Ten Conference regular season title, enters the Big Ten championships as the highest-ranked team on the ground. The Friday and Saturday meet (April 1 and 2) at Penn State’s Rec Hall is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start each competition day and will be broadcast live on Big Ten Network.

Wolverine bites

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

• Youth Paul Judah was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Year on Monday (March 28). Judah was named Gymnast of the Year in the 2021 season and Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2020. He joined an elite company, as alum Sam Mikulak is Michigan’s only other multiple-time winner. . The Big Ten Gymnast of the Year award is the ninth in team UM history since the award was formed in the 1988 season.

• UM leads the Big Ten in total team scoring (four-point average) at 409.783, two points ahead of Nebraska and nearly 4.5 points ahead of Illinois. Michigan’s 412,850 recorded at Army on March 5 is the second highest score in the conference behind Illinois’ 416,000.

• UM ranks as the #1 team in the conference in Floor Exercises (68.583), Still Rings (69.017) and Parallel Bars (68.767). The Wolverines are third on vault (71.383) and high bar (66.333). Their weakest event is pommel horse (65.350), where the team ranks No. 4 in the Big Ten.

• Wolverines are yet to compete with a full roster, with seniors 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.

• Individual, senior Nicholas Guy ranks as the top jumper in the conference (14.608 average, 14.750 high score), while Judah leads the conference on parallel bars (14.080 average, 14.800 high score) and high bar (14.800 average, 14.258, high score of 14.500). His overall score of 86.100 against Army and William & Mary on March 5 is the best score of any Big Ten.

• Other Wolverines do very well in individual events in Year Two Javier Alfonso on fixed rings (second, 13.983 average) and classmate Colin Stenger (third, 13,858 on average). Second year student Evgueni Siminiuc ranks second on parallel bars with an average of 14.058 and fifth on high bar with an average of 13.450. Junior Daring crew has an average of 13.108 to rank 14th on high bar, but his 14.700 against Penn State (March 19) is the best score in the nation.

• Michigan will start the championship with floor exercise and rotate in Olympic order in the five-team matchup. Floor exercises will be followed by Pommel Horse, Still Rings, Horse Vault, Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar.

• The Wolverines won the Big Ten title in the regular season with a victory over Penn State on 18 March. This is UM’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.

• Judah and assistant coach Jordan Gaarenstroom missed the team’s victory in the Big Ten due to their participation in the 2022 FIG Apparatus World Cup in Cairo, Egypt. Judah won silver medals on floor exercise and high bar, scoring 14.333 on floor and 13.933 on high bar.

Championship history

• The Wolverines have won four of the last 12 Big Ten Championships since co-championship in 2009. Most recently, UM won the 2021 Big Ten Championship, taking the program’s total to 18 titles.

• At the 2021 championships, Bock successfully defended his 2019 all-around title (84.700) while winning the individual event titles on pommel horse (14.350) and rings again (14.000). Additionally, Judah came third in the all-around (83.350).

Final Wolverine Big Ten Event Title

All around: Cameron Bock (2021)
Floor exercise: Jacob Moore (2019)
Pommel horse: Cameron Bock (2021)
Rings again: Cameron Bock (2021)
Trunk: Anthony McCallum (2016)
Parallel Bars: Nick Hunter (2015)
High Bar: Sam Mikulak (2013)

Michigan Big Ten Titles by Event

General competition: 17
Floor Exercise: 13
Pommel horse: 5
Still ringing: 10
Jump: 14
Parallel bars: 23
High bar: 14

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