April 20, 2013
University Park, Pa. -
Michigan took home the 2013 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championship and Wolverine junior Sam Mikulak was crowned the all-around champion on the campus of Penn State University on Saturday night. The title marked the Wolverines second national championship in four years and their fifth overall. The crown was the third championship by a Big Ten school in the last four years, as Illinois claimed the national title last season.
The Wolverines finished the session with a score of 443.200, defeating second-place Oklahoma, which finished with a score of 440.100 during the final rotation. Penn State, Iowa and Illinois also competed in the team final, with the Nittany Lions posting a fourth-place finish with 436.100 points, the Hawkeyes finishing fifth with 426.450 points and the Illini placing sixth with 422.550 points.
Michigan posted the highest team scores in five out of the six individual events, led by a team total of 75.800 on the rings. In the all-around competition, Mikulak and fellow Wolverine Adrian de los Angeles placed first (91.150 points) and second (88.350), respectively. With the all-around crown, Mikulak becomes the sixth Big Ten gymnast to win multiple national titles in the event, as he also took home the championship in 2011.
Twenty-seven gymnasts from all seven conference teams qualified for a combined 37 spots in the individual event finals on Sunday. The top 10 individuals, including ties, on each event from Saturday’s team finals advanced to Sunday’s individual event finals, which is set to begin at 2 p.m. ET.