March 10, 2013
The ninth-ranked California men’s gymnastics team (4-8) trounced twelfth-ranked Temple (10-4) Sunday, posting the team’s best score of the season in a 428.650-405.150 victory at home in Haas Pavilion.
It was Cal’s first return to Haas Pavilion since opening the season in Berkeley against Stanford on Jan. 13, and the Bears used every advantage the home atmosphere provided for them. Seven Golden Bears posted season-high totals on an event, and the team posted its best still rings total of 2013. The Bears swept Temple in every event, with Cal’s gymnasts taking the top prize in all six events.
California started the meet on floor, where four of the five performers posted scores higher than 14 to register a 73.500 total. Junior Kevin Wolting with a 15.350 and fellow freshman Ryan Patterson’s 14.950.
On the pommel horse, freshman Takahiro Kawada improved his season and career high total to 15.250, claiming the event title. Freshman teammate Colt Kucker scored 14.850 to place second, and Wolting took third with a 14.60 performance. The team combined for 71.100.
On the still rings, the Bears once again swept the event titles, tallying a new team high score of 71.650 as seniors Kyle Zemeir set a new best, scoring 14.150.
The Bears moved on to the vault, where together the team registered a 71.550. Wolting set a new best with a 15.100 to win the event. Del Junco claimed second with 14.600, and Temple’s Evan Burke claimed third with a 14.250 score.
The parallel bars was Cal’s least successful events, but the Golden Bears still managed to post a solid 69.850 score and once again take the top prize with a 14.550 score from sophomore Jonathan Liu. A pair of Owl gymnasts – Taylor Brana and Alex Tighe – demonstrated 14.600 routines to share second. Freshman Kevin Ko posted his new season-best score 13.700 on the p. bars.
Cal capped off the meet with an excellent performance on the horizontal bars, sweeping the event titles with a 14.850 first-place finish by Wolting, a 14.500 second-place performance by Zemeir and a new career-best 14.400 third place score by freshman TJ Bzoskie.
California concludes its regular season on Saturday, March 16 at 7 p.m., with a double dual meet featuring the men’s gymnastics team against Illinois and the women’s gymnastics team taking on Nebraska in Haas Pavilion. Admission is free.