BERKELEY – The No. 7 California Golden Bears opened their 2014 season by falling to the No. 3 Stanford Cardinal at Haas Pavilion on Saturday afternoon by a score of 431.100-425.650. Cal co-captain Donothan Bailey (87.800), Kevin Wolting (85.450) and Kyle Zemeir (82.150) each competed in the all-around competition and finished second, third and fourth, respectively. The winner of the all-around competition was Stanford freshman Akash Modi, who finished with an 88.150.
“This was the season-opener for us and there was a lot of pressure,” said Associate Head Coach Brett McClure following the meet on Saturday. “Being live on the Pac-12 Network, having some special guests in attendance definitely elevated that pressure, but I thought that our guys handled it pretty well. Overall, the team did a great job fighting all the way to the end, and there were definitely some highlights, as well as some things to improve on as we move forward.”
Cal opened very strong on the floor, led by Jeffrey Langenstein’s score of 14.800. As a team, Cal earned 72.300 points, surpassing Stanford’s 72.000 on the apparatus.
On the pommel horse, Stanford came out on top, outscoring California 71.150-69.000 and were paced by senior Chris Turner’s 15.050, which was a career-best mark.
A narrow win on the still rings came for the visitors, as they bested Cal by just five tenths of a point, 71.500-71.000. Sophomore Dennis Zaremski of Stanford was the event’s first place finisher with a 15.100 score. Cal was bolstered by very fluid performances by both Bailey (14.550) and Langenstein (14.500).
The vault saw California close some ground in the overall score, as they defeated Stanford 73.750-73.450 behind an incredible 15.200 routine by Langenstein. Wolting, a sophomore, also scored very well with a 14.900 routine of his own.
The final two rotations went to Stanford as they closed out the victory with clean performances on both parallel bars and the high bar. Modi had a highlight-filled parallel bars routine, finishing with a final score of 15.250, while redshirt senior Paul Hichwa was an event best 15.000 on the high bar.
California travels to Palo Alto next Saturday for a rematch against third-ranked Stanford at 4 p.m. PT at Burnham Pavilion.