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Michigan Gymnastics

Wolverines look for road victory over powerful Sooners

BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

Almost exactly one year ago, the Wolverines shocked the college gymnastics world, upsetting powerhouse Oklahoma in Ann Arbor.
Tomorrow, the second-ranked Wolverines will face the Sooners again. But this time, it will be in enemy territory.
"It should be an exciting showdown, hopefully as exciting as it was last year," sophomore Torrance Laury said. "It was the most memorable competition that I've competed in."

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Touted freshman is used to competition

BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

Last year, as a high school senior, Thomas Kelley planned to take five recruiting trips. As the Junior National all-around champion, almost every school was interested in him.
But Kelley was interested in just a few - including Michigan.
"(Michigan) was by far the best school, so I thought, 'If I like Michigan, there's no reason I shouldn't go there,' " Kelley said.

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'M' upsets reigning champs at Cliff Keen

BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

If Terrelle Pryor wanted to see a tight competition ending in a Michigan victory, he should have been at Cliff Keen Arena Saturday night.
Instead of watching the basketball team lose to Iowa, he would have seen the Michigan men's gymnastics team pull off a dramatic come-from-behind upset of defending national champion Penn State. For the second year in a row, the Wolverines beat the second-ranked Nittany Lions, 356.95-354.30.
"I think we served notice on the NCAA gymnastics world that we'll be a force to be reckoned with," Michigan coach Kurt Golder said.

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'M' overcomes woes on beam to beat Penn State

BY NICOLE AUERBACH

One beam. Six gymnasts. Three falls.
Few could balance on the beam in Saturday's meet, but those who did made the difference.
Despite putting up its lowest score in any event of the season, the No. 6 Michigan women's gymnastics team edged No. 14 Penn State, 195.275-195.100, in State College.
The slim margin of victory can be attributed to the team's rocky beam performance, which counted half-point deductions for each fall.
But three impressive showings on beam gave Michigan just enough to offset the falls and defeat the Nittany Lions.

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Nittany Lions come to town seeking to avenge last year's loss

BY BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

This Saturday, the No. 6 Michigan men's gymnastics team will jump directly into the dual-meet season fire.
Their first opponent? Defending national champion Penn State.
The Nittany Lions are ranked first in the Big Ten, second in the nation and are coming off trouncing Army at State College last Saturday. Penn State's national title-winning roster remains largely intact.

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Trio of freshmen thrives in spotlight at first Michigan meet

BY NICOLE AUERBACH

When freshman gymnast Trish Wilson catapulted herself off the high bar and landed both feet firmly on the blue mat, the Crisler Arena crowd erupted in its loudest cheers of the night.
Minutes later, her combined score of 9.900 flashed, putting her atop the uneven bars event scoreboard. It stayed there all night.
While Wilson's performance was individual title-worthy, she wasn't the only freshman to make an impact in the Michigan women's gymnastics season-opener Friday night.

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With strong work ethic, Cameron

Emily Mayer

BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

Freshman Chris Cameron approached assistant coach Scott Vetere at practice.
"I'm going to do my hard pommel horse set," he said. "Pressure-cook me."
With a wicked grin, Vetere obliged, setting Cameron up as the final competitor on Michigan's roster for last Saturday's Windy City Invitational.
"Ohio State's winning by five-tenths," Vetere said. "You have to nail your hard pommels set for us to win."

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