BERKELEY – The No. 8 Golden Bears travel to the Midwest this week to take on the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday at St. John Arena at 4 p.m. PT. California is coming off of a victory at home over the Arizona State Sun Devils club team (426.450-394.000) last week and are looking to improve on that performance. Prior to last week’s win over ASU, Cal had improved upon their total team score in each of their first three competitions. They look to return to that trend on Friday against the Buckeyes.
Poll Position 2014 GymInfo Poll
1. Oklahoma 9. Air Force 2. Michigan 10. Iowa 3. Stanford 11. Nebraska 4. Ohio State 12. William & Mary 5. Illinois 13. Army 6. Minnesota 14. Navy 7. Penn State 15. Springfield 8. California * Rankings by Total Event Average
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Next Up The Bears will be sending four to the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas next weekend; redshirt seniors Donothan Bailey and Jeffrey Langenstein, junior Jonathan Liu and graduate assistant Steven Lacombe. When they return, Cal heads across the bay to battle Stanford, Japan, Canada, Norway and Finland in Palo Alto.
2014 Team Captains Redshirt senior Donothan Bailey and junior Jonathan Liu have been selected as California’s captains for the 2014 season.
McClure Earns First Career Victory Cal Associate Head Coach Brett McClure is in his first season in charge of the Golden Bears’ program in 2014, He earned his first career win on Saturday, Jan. 25, knocking off the then No. 4 Stanford Cardinal and the team finished second at the Stanford Open.
Dynamic Donothan Redshirt senior and team co-captain Donothan Bailey’s hot start to 2014 continued last week against the Arizona State Sun Devils on Feb. 8. Bailey won the all-around competition, posting a total score of 88.100, and took the individual title on pommel horse (15.300) and high bar (15.400), while also scoring a 14.800 on parallel bars.
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 just behind them at third. Cal ranks eighth and Air Force is ninth. The Golden Bears finished third in the MPSF in 2013, and are looking for 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). This young and dynamic group is poised to return to the NCAA Championships after missing the team finals for just the first time since the 1999 campaign.
Liu Shines on Parallel Bars Junior co-captain Jon Liu opened a lot of eyes with his parallel bar routine against Arizona State last weekend, scoring a career-best 15.450, and claiming the individual event title. The Fremont native’s previous high came in 2013, when he posted a 15.200 on the apparatus at the Collegiate Cup in Palo Alto.
Vaulting Ahead The Golden Bears improved on their vault rotation last weekend against the Arizona State Sun Devils, posting a team score of 72.950. No one on the team scored lower than a 14.300, which was arguably their most consistent team performance on the vault thus far this season.
Wu-Tang Wolting Sophomore Kevin Wolting, affectionately known by his coaches and teammates as “Wu-Tang” had his best all-around performance of the season on Saturday, Feb. 8 against Arizona State. The Laguna Hills, Calif. native finished second in the all-around competition with a total score of 86.900, just behind teammate Donothan Bailey. Wolting took the individual event title on the floor exercise with a routine that garnered a score of 15.200, and also did so on the high bar, posting a 14.700.