The Minnesota men's gymnastics team had six gymnasts compete in seven individual events on Saturday night in the individual event finals at the Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Championships. The host Gophers were well represented by Ellis Mannon and Steve Jaciuk.
Mannon finished second on the pommel horse with a 14.900, while Jaciuk placed third on the high bar with a 15.000.
Mike Burns on Mannon's performance... "When you get to the 10 best guys, every little blemish gets magnified and you need to be on your A+ game. And Ellis was there. He did a great routine and had a great weekend. He did two beautiful routines. Craig stood a little bit better today. He is a superstar on the pommel horse."
Burns on Jaciuk's performance... "Steve had a few deductions. The judges do have a little sharper pencil this week because they do have to discern first, second and third. It does not take much to drop a spot. Steve did a nice routine. It was probably one of his top three or four routines this year. He has proven to the gymnastics community that he is a top-notch high bar guy. He was not the best guy tonight. Sam (Mikulak) was. Sam is an Olympian and has an amazing arsenal."
Burns on the Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Championships... Last night, we did 30 routines and hit all 30. Tonight we did seven routines and hit all seven. As a coach, can I be greedy and ask for me? Absolutely. And I will. But I am really proud of what these guys did."
First Team All-Big Ten Sam Mikulak (Michigan) Adrian de los Angeles (Michigan) Javier Balboa (Iowa) Yoshi Mori (Illinois) Felix Aronovich (Penn State) Broderick Shemansky (Iowa) Stacey Ervin (Michigan) Craig Hernandez (Penn State) Syque Caesar (Michigan) Fred Hartville (Illinois)
Second Team All-Big Ten Ellis Mannon (Minnesota) Mike Wilner (Illinois) Danny Steiner (Ohio State) Louis Klein (Nebraska)
Floor Exercise Stacey Ervin (Michigan)
Pommel Horse Craig Hernandez (Penn State)
Still Rings Javier Balboa (Iowa)
Vault Fred Hartville (Illinois)
Parallel Bars Syque Caesar (Michigan)
High Bar Sam Mikulak (Michigan)
Gymnast of the Year Sam Mikulak (Michigan)
Freshman of the Year Trevor Howard (Penn State)
Coach of the Year Kurt Golder (Michigan)
SPORTSMANSHIP HONOREES Logan Bradley (Illinois) Eric Lofstrom (Iowa) Stacey Ervin (Michigan) Adam LaFleur (Minnesota) Gabriel Jolley (Nebraska) Drew Moling (Ohio State) Scott Rosenthal (Penn State)