April 17, 2010
On the final night of the 2010 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships on Saturday, two Big Ten gymnasts came away with individual national championships, while 21 All-America honors were won by conference student-athletes at the Holleder Center on the campus of the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.
Michigan’s Ryan McCarthy and Ohio State’s Brandon Wynn left the NCAA Championships with individual crowns. McCarthy won his first national championship with a 14.750 effort on the high bar, clinching the Wolverines first individual event title since 2003. Wynn’s triumph came on the still rings, where he posted a score of 15.900, .750 points ahead of the closest competitor to clinch his first national crown.
Illinois finished with four All-America honorees on the night. Chad Wiest finished third in the floor exercise, earning All-America honors with a score of 15.725, while Luke Stannard placed fourth on the pommel horse with a 14.575. Teammates Tyler Williamson and Anthony Sacramento were named All-Americans following the rings competition, where Williamson finished runner-up with a 15.150 and Sacramento was eighth with a 14.875 mark.
Michigan’s McCarthy led a 1-2-3 finish for the Wolverines in the high bar as teammates Ian Makowske and Mel Anton Santander earned the silver and bronze, respectively. Makowske finished with an effort of 14.650, while Santander completed the sweep with a 14.475. Friday night’s all-around champion Chris Cameron was one of two Michigan All-Americans on the still rings, as he and Phillip Goldberg placed in the top eight, with scores of 15.100 and 14.875, respectively. Kent Caldwell tied for sixth in the vault (15.825) and was seventh in the floor exercise (15.275). Four Wolverines earned All-America status in the parallel bars with Santander leading the way with a second-place finish (15.050). Thomas Kelley finished fifth (14.800), while McCarthy and Cameron tied for seventh place (14.500).
Iowa’s lone qualifier in Saturday night’s final made the most of his appearance as Mike Jiang finished seventh on the pommel horse, recording a score of 14.000, to earn an All-America certificate. Minnesota’s Cole Storer carried the torch for the Gophers, finishing eighth in the floor exercise with a 15.225 and earning All-America honors.
Wynn became the first Big Ten gymnast to win the still rings title since 2004 after posting a mark of 15.900. The victory was Wynn’s first national championship. Teammates Philip Onorato and Steven Spencer also placed in the top eight of their respective events, earning All-American distinction. Spencer finished third on the pommel horse with an effort of 15.125, while Onorato’s effort of 15.950 on vault earned him a fourth-place finish.
Appearing in two events, Penn State’s Noam Shaham finished sixth on the vault, recording a score of 14.400, to earn All-America honors. He also placed ninth on the still rings.