Cal Men's Gymnastics
If you didn’t make it out to Burnham on Sunday, it was quite a competition. This past weekend, multiple Bears garnered new career highs as well as a team season best on the floor exercise and pommel horse. Everyday, the team is working that much harder in making this season the best it can be and we are proud of all the hard work that is being put in the gym.
Recap of the competition
Cal vs. Stanford
The floor exercise was the Bears’ event that night, hitting routine after routine after routine. The Bears swept the event with Kevin Wolting (FR) and Ryan Patterson (FR) tying for 3rd place with a 14.65. Experience took over for the Bears as Steve Lacombe (SR) put up a 14.80 for 2nd place, while Jeffrey Langenstein (SR) excited the crowd with a powerful floor routine that ended with a stuck full twisting double back. Langenstein earned a 15.70 for 1st place and a new individual season high.
On the vault, three Bears shared 2nd place with a score of 14.65. Wolting and Patterson (FR) with clean double full twisting vaults and Christian Monteclaro (SR) with a two and a half twisting vault.
Completing the third rotation, we held a 218.40-212.40 lead over the Cardinal. After the midway point, we may have let the score get to us, allowing Stanford to gain some momentum to finish the next three rotations strong.
We headed to the rings next. Matt del Junco (JR) paced the Bears with a 3rd place finish with a 14.70, a new season high. Three other Bears posted a 14.0 or better to round out the event.
High bar was the next event for us. Although it was not our best showing, Kevin Wolting won the event with a new season high of a 15.05. Travis Cameron (FR) was the next highest score for the team with a 14.25.
Parallel bars was the certainly the rough event of the night. Ryan Patterson hit a clean set for a 14.35, which was good enough for 3rd place.
For the first time this season, we had Stanford playing catch up. Unfortunately, we let the situation get the best of us. We are working on starting off every competition strong and now that we have, we just need to finish the meet and not let the scores hinder our focus. We are back in the gym, working even harder to pursue the excellence for which Cal Men’s Gymnastics is known for.
This past weekend marked our 4th meeting with the Stanford Cardinals this season, and it won’t be the last. We head down to Palo Alto again, but this time, the Univ. of Washington and the Japanese Collegiate Allstar team will join the action this coming weekend on March 2nd at 7pm in Burnham Pavilion. We hope to see all you CMG fans in the stands!
-CMG Coaching Staff