COLUMBUS — With the competition as tight as ever in the Big Ten this year, the men’s gymnastics team was defeated tonight by a mere 1.55 points at the hands of Illinois. The Wolverines came in ranked fourth, one ranking below the Fighting Illini. Michigan lost 2.65 points to Illinois in a single event — the pommel horse. The Wolverines led throughout the entire competition until that final event.
The Fighting Illini ended the meet on vault, which is traditionally the meet’s highest scoring event. After a top overall score of 16.2 by Illinois’s Paul Ruggeri, the Illini were given the extra bump they needed.
Michigan did not go away easily at the end, putting up a competition high score of 59.85 on the rings.
Notable performances by the Wolverines were junior Chris Cameron on the floor exercise and redshirt senior Philip Goldberg on the rings. Last year, Thomas Kelley and Chris Cameron placed first and second in the all-around competition. This year, senior Mel Santander placed second with a score of 88.45 and junior Chris Cameron won with a score of 89.8.
Top performers for Michigan will compete tomorrow night for the individual event titles.