BERKELEY – The No. 10 Golden Bears travel across the bay once again this week to take on the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal, No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes, Arizona State Sun Devils, as well as collegiate all-star teams from Finland and Norway on Saturday at Burnham Pavilion at 4 p.m. PT. California is coming off of a third place finish at the Collegiate Cup last week after a total score of 429.200 in their first five-up, five-count meet of the season and are looking to build on that performance.
Saturday, March 8 4 p.m. PT – No. 10 Cal (1-5) vs. No. 2 Stanford (4-3), No. 4 Ohio State (5-5-1) and Arizona State (club) Burnham Pavilion - Palo Alto, Calif.
Series Record vs. Stanford: 128-84-2 Last Time vs. Stanford: 3/1 - L 443.650-429.200
Series Record vs. Ohio State: 12-6 Last Time vs. Ohio State: 2/14 - L 443.300-426.500
Series Record vs. Arizona State: 18-17 Last Time vs. Arizona State: W 426.450-394.000
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Poll Position 2014 GymInfo Poll
1. Oklahoma 9. Iowa 2. Stanford 10. California 3. Michigan 11. Army 4. Ohio State 12. Nebraska 5. Penn State 13. William & Mary 6. Minnesota 14. Navy 7. Illinois 15. Springfield 8. Air Force * Rankings by Total Event Average
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Next Up The Bears will return to Berkeley on Saturday, March 15 for their home finale at Haas Pavilion, a co-ed meet with the Cal women’s team, where the men will battle Washington, while the women take on UC Davis at 7p.m. PT.
2014 Team Captains Redshirt senior Donothan Bailey and junior Jonathan Liu have been selected as California’s captains for the 2014 season.
Bay Area Rivalry The California Golden Bears and Stanford Cardinal meet up for the fifth time this season in one of the most storied rivalries in collegiate men’s gymnastics. California earned their first win over the Cardinal in ten tries on Jan. 25, after starting this season 0-2 against their Bay Area neighbors and posting an 0-7 record against Stanford in 2013. The Bears hold a 128-84-2 record all-time in the series after falling last week at Burnham Pavilion. Both teams are currently ranked among the country’s best, with Stanford coming in at number two nationally, and Cal ranking tenth in the 2014 GymInfo Poll.
Familiar Faces Cal Associate Head Coach Brett McClure is in his first season in charge of the Golden Bears’ program in 2014, but definitely will see some familiar faces in red again this weekend. McClure was an assistant coach for the past three seasons under current Stanford Head Coach Thom Glielmi. In addition, Stanford assistant Karl Ziehn is a former Cal gymnast, having competed for the Blue and Gold from 1999-2003. McClure picked up his first career victory on Jan. 25 against his former employer.
Wu-Tang Sophomore Kevin Wolting, affectionately known by his teammates and coaches as “Wu-Tang,” turned in one of his best all-around performances last weekend at the Collegiate Cup, placing third with a season-best total score of 87.000, He impressed on the floor exercise with a routine that garnered a 15.150 score, and also tallied a 14.700 on vault, while scoring a 14.500 on high bar. He scored no lower than a 14.100 on any event during the meet, helping Cal to a total team score of 429.200 in their first five-up, five-count meet of the season.
MPSF Strength Though last season’s national champion hailed from the Big Ten (No. 2 Michigan), the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation boasts four of the top teams in the country, and are poised to produce national contenders again this season. Oklahoma finished as runners up last year, and come in ranked first in this week’s GymInfo poll, while, Stanford is right behind them at second. Air Force is eighth, while Cal comes in at number ten. The Golden Bears finished third in the MPSF in 2013, and are seeking their first conference championship since 2004.
Youth Movement The 2014 edition of the California Golden Bears has one common theme throughout the composition of the roster, youth. Outside of captain Donothan Bailey (redshirt senior), Jeffrey Langenstein (redshirt senior), Christian Monteclaro (redshirt senior) and captain Jonathan Liu (junior), the Bears’ roster is made up of 14 sophomores and freshman (ten sophomores and four freshman).
Langenstein Impresses Redshirt senior Jeffrey Langenstein had himself quite an afternoon last weekend at the Collegiate Cup. He earned a team-high 15.200 on the floor exercise, 15.100 on still rings and 14.900 on vault for the Bears, who placed third at Burnham Pavilion behind the Japanese collegiate all-star team and Stanford, and ahead of collegiate all-star teams from Canada, Finland and Norway.