PALO ALTO, Calif. - The No. 10 California Golden Bears set a new school record for total team points with 432.450 on Saturday night in Palo Alto against No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 Ohio State and Arizona State. The Bears were led by an all-around performance by sophomore Kevin Wolting, who tallied 86.900, and a stellar performance by fellow sophomore Kyle Zemeir, who scored no lower than 14.200 on vault in his four events. Cal finished third, behind the Cardinal (446.450) and the Buckeyes (441.150).
“The guys did great today and showed a lot of fight,” said Associate Head Coach Brett McClure following the meet on Saturday. “We cut our mistakes in half from last weekend, so if we stay on this path, we’ll be primed to peak come nationals.”
Cal was very strong on the pommel horse, posting a cumulative 72.500 rebounding froma rough outing on the apparatus last weekend in Palo Alto. Sophomore Takahiro Kawada set a new personal best pacing the Bears, posting a 15.350. Redshirt senior co-captain Donothan Bailey was also impressive, scoring a 15.300.
The Bears concluded the still rings with a score of 72.350 on the still rings, led by Kyle Zemeir’s new career-best routine 15.100. Zemeir broke his previous best of 15.100 set last week at the Collegiate Cup.
Cal placed third on vault with a total of 72.600, behind Stanford (75.650) and the Buckeyes (74.450). The Cal trio of sophomores Ryan Patterson, Kevin Wolting and redshirt senior Christian Monteclaro all scored a team-high 14.750 on the apparatus for the Bears. Stanford senior Sean Senters won the individual event title with an impressive 15.500.
California scored a 71.800 on the parallel bars, placing them third on the appartus. They were carried by Zemeir’s 14.950 and Bailey’s 14.550, but were well behind Stanford, who had their best event of the night with a 75.700, behind freshman Akash Modi’s 15.650 routine.
Sophomore Kevin Wolting led Cal on the high bar, scoring a 14.600 for his routine. Stanford’s Chris Turner wowed the crowd on hand with his routine, that garnered a 15.350.
The Bears floor exercise was solid once again, earning a team score of 72.450. Wolting was the leader for Cal, posting a 15.100, while redshirt senior Jeffrey Langenstein showed well again with a routine that earned a 14.850.
Stanford improves to 6-3 on the season, Ohio State is now 6-6-1 and Cal is now 1-7. California is back at it next Saturday, March 15 at Haas Pavilion for a special senior day co-ed meet against the University of Washington. The meet will begin at 7 p.m. PT in Berkeley.