Michigan secures comeback win at No. 5 Illinois with big move on parallel bars

Michigan secures comeback win at No. 5 Illinois with big move on parallel bars

03/13/2022 18:56:00

//Scott Kemps

The Wolverines have won five individual event titles led by Paul Judah vault, horizontal bar and all-around. As a team, UM won four of the six events.
UM completed 28 of 30 routines (93%) and blocked six routines in the afternoon.
Michigan trailed by 4.85 points after the second rotation and trailed for much of the game before finally overcoming the parallel bars deficit in the fifth rotation.

To place: Champaign, IL (Huff Hall)

Goal: #4 Michigan 411.850, #5 Illinois 408.400

Recordings: UM (11-1, 2-1 B1G), Illinois (7-3, 1-2 B1G)

Next UM event: Friday, March 18 — vs. Penn State (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.

• Complete results (PDF)

CHAMPAGNE, ill. — The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan men’s gymnastics team defeated No. 5 Illinois Fighting Illini in fierce fashion, winning by a score of 411.850-408.400 Sunday, March 13 at the Huff Illinois Hall.

Michigan (11-1, 2-1 B1G) trailed 4.85 points after the second rotation and were still down entering the fifth rotation, but the Wolverines’ 6.8-point advantage on the parallel bars helped to ensure victory.

Junior Paul Judah won a trio of titles, winning vault (14.85), high bar (14.45) and all-around (85,000). Additional event wins came from year two Chris Read on fixed rings (14.05) and second year Evgueni Siminiuc on the parallel bars (14.30).

As a team, UM won four of the six events, the only exceptions being on pommel horse and high bar.

UM started the competition with a floor exercise of 69.250 but faltered on pommel horse in the second rotation with a 64.350. The Wolverines trailed by 4.85 points after the second rotation, 3.6 points after still having rings in the third rotation and 3.25 points after the jump in the fourth.

The big move for the Maize and Blue came in the fifth rotation, as UM completed the comeback with 68.550 on parallel bars while the Illini (7-2, 1-1 B1G) faltered with a 61.750. The Wolverines led by 3.55 points heading into the final rotation on high bar, where the Wolverines hit all six routines to seal the win.

UM hit 93% (28 of 30) as a team and blocked six routines.

Tweet of the meeting

Michigan returns home to close out the regular season on Friday, March 18, hosting Penn State at 7 p.m. in a game to be broadcast via Big Ten Network. The program will also pay tribute to the former longtime head coach Kurt Golder as well as its outgoing senior class and esteemed alumni.