Men's Gymnastics Home Winning Streak Safe For Another Year
BERKELEY, Calif. - The 1997 NCAA champion California Men's gymnastics team (17-0) totaled 229.450 points to defeat the No. 12 Temple Owls (225.500), No. 11 Massachusetts Minutemen (220.550) and No. 18 Stanford Cardinal (201.700) in their final home meet of the season tonight at the Recreational Sports Facility on the Berkeley campus. The Bears extended their home winning streak, which dates back to 1995, to 27 meets.
Cal took first place in every event, except the vault, and swept the top three places on the pommel horse, parallel bars and horizontal bars. Oleg Kosyak, who last week set a Cal record in the all-around with his 58.280 total, won the all-around tonight with 58.050 points.
Gewin Sincharoen had a solid meet, improving his season-best scores on the high bar (9.800), horse (9.700) and the p-bars (9.350) to claim second, third and third, respectively, in those events. He also tied a season high 9.700 score on the floor to tie for third place.
Temple recorded their top score of the season and Mike Moran took second place in the all-around with 56.500 points.
Massachusetts' Jeff LaVallee placed second with a 9.750 and Bryan McNulty tied for third with a 9.700 on the floor to reiterate the Minutemen's No. 3 national team ranking in that event.
Jason Katsampes was the sole highlight on an otherwise difficult for Stanford as he placed third in the all-around with a 56.450 total. Cardinal Craig Nesbit injured his ankle during his floor performance and was unable to continue. Ricardo Andrade and Gabe Edelman took some serious tumbles off the h-bar and p-bars to add to the Cardinal's woes. Their team score was the lowest of their season.
The Bears will travel to Tempe, Arizona this Sunday for a triad with No. 7 Oklahoma and Arizona State. Next Friday, Cal will compete against Stanford and No. 21 Army in Palo Alto at 7:00 p.m.
MARCH 13 MEET RESULTS: Team Scores: 1. California-229.450 2. Temple --225.500 3. UMass --220.550 4. Stanford--201.700 Floor: 1. Oleg Kosyak (Cal)-9.800 2. Jeff LaVallee (UMass)-9.750 3. Gewin Sincharoen (Cal) and Bryan McNulty (UMass)-9.700 Horse: 1. Josh Birckelbaw (Cal)-9.850 2. Tal Moscovitz (Cal)-9.750 3. Kosyak (Cal) and Sincharoen (Cal)-9.700 Rings: 1. Evgenii Zherebchevskiy (Cal) and Mike Moran (Tem)-9.800 3. Kosyak (Cal)-9.750 Vault: 1. Moran (Tem)-9.750 2. Jason Katsampes (Stan) and Darin Gerlach (Tem)-9.550 P-Bars: 1. Kosyak (Cal)-9.700 2. Zherebchevsiy (Cal)-9.450 3. Sincharoen (Cal)-9.350 H-Bar: 1. Zherebchevsiy (Cal)-9.900 2. Sincharoen (Cal), David Eskilden (Cal) and Gerlach (Tem)-9.800 All-Around: 1. Kosyak (Cal)-58.050 2. Moran (Tem)-56.500 3. Katsampes (Stan)-56.450