Jan. 13, 2012
BERKELEY - The No. 5 California men's gymnastics upended No. 4 Stanford on Friday evening 340.900-334.800 at Haas Pavilion in the season-opener for the rival squads. The Golden Bears took home team titles on four of six events, two of which came in the final two rotations, to secure the victory.
The Golden Bears improve to 1-0 overall while the Cardinal now stands at 0-1.
The Bears were ahead 284.000-281.600 heading into the final rotation, which had them on high bar and the Cardinal on parallel bars.
Cal bested Stanford 56.900-54.200 on high bar in addition to beating the Cardinal by more than four points on parallel bars (57.400-53.200) to give the Bears extra breathing room, and the victory.
Donothan Bailey took second in the all-round with an 82.600 behind Stanford's Eddie Penev's 84.200.
Cal team event wins - pommel, rings, parallel bars, high bar
Cal individual event wins - Donothan Bailey (floor/tie), Glen Ishino (pommel horse), Steven Lacombe (rings), Donothan Bailey (parallel bars/tie), Dennis Mannhart (parallel bars/tie), Dennis Mannhart (horizontal bar)
Floor - Stanford 58.300, Cal 57.500:
Cal's Donothan Bailey and Stanford's Paul Hichwa tied for first on the event, each notching 15.000. Jim Kerry tied Stanford's Sean Senters for third overall with a 14.700. Jeffrey Langenstein finished fifth (14.600) and Daniel Culpepper was ninth (13.200).
Pommel Horse - Cal 55.800, Stanford 54.700:
The Bears just edged the Cardinal on pommel thanks in no small part to Glen Ishino's first-place score of 15.00. Though Stanford took second and third, Nic Blair (14.100) and Matthew del Junco (13.800) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to further bolster the Cal cause. Bailey was seventh (12.900), Jean Monteclaro (12.900) was 11th and Kenrick Lam (9.900) took 12th.
Vault - Stanford 57.900, Cal 56.200:
Jean Monteclaro was the highest finisher for Bears, taking second with a 14.900, just behind Stanford's Sean Senters (15.200). Langenstein was fifth with a 14.200 and Glen Ishino was sixth with a 14.100. Bailey (13.000), Lacombe (12.900) and Blair (12.800) rounded out eighth-10th places.
Rings - Cal 57.100, Stanford 56.500:
Steven Lacombe powered the Bears to the team event win thanks to his first place score of 15.500, more than a full point in front of second place, which Jordan Nolff took with a 14.400. Langenstein was third (14.300).
Parallel Bars - Cal 57.400, Stanford 53.200:
Dennis Mannhart and Bailey tied each other for first place, both scoring 14.800s. Daniel Culpepper was next in line with a 14.300, good for third. Amongst the Bears, Jim Kerry was next (13.500), following by Jonathan Liu (11.600) and Michael del Junco (10.200).
High Bar - Cal 56.900, Stanford 54.200:
Dennis Mannhart tallied his second victory with a 15.100 on high bar. Nic Blair tied John Martin with a 14.600 for second. Jim Kerry took fifth with a 13.800. Jacob Jizrawi was seventh (13.400) and Bailey was eighth (13.200).
What's Next in the Gym:
The Bears head down to the Farm for a rematch of Friday's match. Cal and the Cardinal take to the gym on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.