Jan. 21, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - In the second of many meetings this year, the No. 5 California men's gymnastics team saw the score evened with No. 8 Stanford topping the Golden Bears 345.200-340.450 on Saturday evening at the Cardinal's Burnham Pavilion.
"Although we are disappointed with the loss, I am very proud of the effort and determination displayed by the team tonight," Cal head coach Tim McNeill said. "Even though Stanford beat us, the entire team held their heads high as we walked out of the arena. I really believe that we are capable of constantly beating top-tier teams like Stanford, and can't wait to get back in the gym to continue working hard."
Now, both squads have a win over their rival after Cal upset Stanford on Jan. 13 with both teams owning 1-1 records.
It was deuces wild for Donothan Bailey, who took second in the all-around for the second consecutive week. Thanks to Glen Ishino's pommel-horse winning score of15.600 and Matthew del Junco's second-place finish (14.800), the Bears took pommel horse.
The Bears and Cardinal tied on floor with both squads scoring 58.350. Cal took home the team title on pommel horse with Stanford sweeping the other five events. The Bears gave Stanford quite the scare on vault and parallel bars, just narrowly missing the mark for the team win.
Just prior to the start of the meet, it was confirmed that an injury to Dennis Mannhart would prevent him from competing. An international star of his own accord and a key member of the Cal line-up, Mannhart's inability to perform not only had the Bears competing with just four gymnasts on some events but it also caused other shifts in the Cal line-up.
"Even simple changes like that can really alter a gymnast's mental preparation," McNeill explained. "We had to use four athletes on some events and bring in other gymnasts as replacements. However, Jon Liu, who ended up competing on rings when he hadn't even practiced on them much since being at Cal, really stepped it up for us. He offered to go on rings, and he ended up doing a great job so I could not be more pleased with Jon."
Despite the change and ensuing adversity, McNeill noted that the Bears never faltered.
"As their coach, it was incredible to see them handle such adversity and I am very proud of the entire team," McNeill said. "Their overall attitude the entire night was remarkable to say the least! They handled a tough situation and never once did they even think of giving up."
Floor - Cal 58.350, Stanford 58.350:
Jeffrey Langenstein scored a 15.050 to take second amongst all competitors and first on the Cal team. Bailey tied Stanford's Brian Knott for fourth with a 14.600. Nic Blair finished sixth (14.150) and Jean Monteclaro was just behind him in eighth (14.050). Jim Jerry was 10th with a 12.750.
Pommel Horse - Cal 57.250, Stanford 55.450:
Ishino outscored his nearest competitor by nearly a full point, notching a 15.600 to win the event. Just behind him was Matthew del Junco with a 14.800. Bailey was fourth overall (14.300) while Blair was eighth (12.550) and Jean Monteclaro ninth (12.250).
Rings - Stanford 58.350, Cal 54.400:
Steven Lacombe finished third with a 14.650. Jean Monteclaro was second on the Cal squads and sixth overall (13.450) while Bailey was seventh (13.300). Langenstein finished ninth (13.000) and Jon Liu was 10th (12.900).
Vault - Stanford 59.450, Cal 58.250:
Jean Monteclaro led the Bears on vault with a 15.150, which was good for third. Next in line was Lacombe, who tallied a 14.750 for fourth. Langenstein (14.300), Bailey (14.050) and Blair (13.100) occupied spots seven through nine.
Parallel Bars - Stanford 56.250, Cal 56.000:
Bailey was .10 out of first place with a 14.450, just behind Stanford's Eddie Penev's 14.550. Ishino took home the bronze with a 14.150. Jim Kerry achieved a 13.850 for sixth. Daniel Culpepper was eighth with a 13.550 and Michael del Junco was ninth with a 13.300.
High Bar - Stanford 57.350, Cal 56.200:
Jacob Jizrawi was first on the Cal contingent and third overall with a 14.250. Three other Bears made the top eight with Bailey in fifth (14.150), Kerry in seventh (14.000) and Blair in eighth (13.800).
Next Week in the Gym
The Bears head to Stanford, Calif., for a Jan. 28 meeting with the Cardinal along with Oklahoma. The meet is set to begin at 7 p.m.