Page 8--The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - February 11, 1991
Men gymnasts tumble to Ohio State
by Charlie Wolfe
Daily Sports Writer
The cheers and applause rained down in a hail storm
of emotion, reverberating in every corner of the arena. A
sea of proud supporters paid homage to those who had
competed so fiercely in this rare homestand.
This was the scene Friday evening at Keen Arena.
The Michigan men's and women's gymnastics teams
were battling Ohio State, and the Wolverine faithful re-
peatedly showed their appreciation in deafening fashion.
The electricity of a co-ed meet, the thirst of the crowd to
see the home teams in action; surely there couldn't be a
loser on such a night.
But such are the evils of competition. Someone
must prevail, so despite an inspired effort, the
Wolverine men were unable to fend off the Buckeyes by
a score of 280.80-275.75.
"(Ohio State) did very well, but this is a great meet
for our guys," Michigan coach Bob Darden said. "We're
a high 270 team, that's where we should be at this
point in the season, so it's a real plus for the guys that
they could pull together and really drive the score up."
Performances by Ruben Ceballos (9.45) and Mike
Mott (9.30) on the pommel horse, and Ben Verrall
(9.50) and Royce Toni (9.40) in the floor exercise, left
Michigan trailing 92.75-92.70 after two events.
However, Michigan experienced some trouble in the
vault and on the rings, while Ohio State pulled away in
virtually every subsequent event.
"We should've beat them, but we can't look back
anymore," Verrall said. "We had them for a while, we
just screwed up, we missed."
Buckeye Rusty Schillinger won the all-around com-
petition with a 57 for all six events. Verrall led all
Wolverines with a 55.65, good for fourth place, while
co-captain Jim Round took fifth at 53. 65.
But as family, friends, and the gymnasts mingled af-
ter the meet, it was Toni who was wearing the biggest
smile of all. The rookie turned in season bests on both
the horizontal (9.55) and parallel bars (9.65).
"I'm excited, totally, I guess," he said. "When the
place is packed and everybody's screaming, no matter
what, it makes you feel great."
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Charles Barkley of the Philadelphia 76'ers slams home two of his 17
points in yesterday's NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte. Barkley also
hauled down 22 rebounds. The East defeated the West, 116-114.
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Wolverine gymnast Jim Round competes on the rings during this weekend's 180.8 -175.75
loss to Ohio State.
Women break record, defeat Buckeyes
by Andy Stabile
Daily Sports Writer
Two weeks ago in its home de-
but, the Michigan women's gym-
nastics team left the friendly con-
fines ofKeen arena with a new
Saturday night, the big crowd at
Keen was treated to an encore per-
formance, as the Wolverines once
again broke the school record on
their way to defeating Ohio State,
186.35 to 184.
Two important factors in the
meet were the team's improved
performance on the balance beam
and the large, vocal crowd.
Wolverine sophomore Allison
Winski once again lead the charge
toward the new record, garnering
the highest point total of the meet.
"The beam was an improve-
ment from some of our previous
performances, but their is still
room for improvement." Winski
said, "It's really the make you or
break you event. Lately we've
been pretty consistent on the other
things, and not on beam."
The Wolverines finished the
third rotation with a slight lead,
finding themselves in a similar sit-
uation to their record breaking per-
formance of two weeks ago. Once
again, Michigan headed to the
floor routine sensing victory, know-
ing the Buckeyes had to finish the
meet on the balance beam.
"If we're ahead and going into
the floor, we have confidence
we'll win," Winski said. "It's a lot
harder to perform under pressure on
the beam rather than the floor."
The large crowd must have
sensed the victory as well. Upon
the commencement of the floor
exercise, the fans began to get vo-
cal, cheering the Wolverines on to
some exceptional routines. "The
crowd was just so loud - it got us
so psyched up and excited," Win-
Next week the Wolverines
travel to Michigan State to face
the host Spartans, nationally
ranked Florida, and West Virginia,
who beat Michigan last weekend.
Although East Lansing doesn't
constitute home advantage foP
Michigan, it will be the
Moutaineers and Gators who feel
the strain of the long journey. The
meet will provide Michigan with a
chance for revenge as well as
some of the best in-season compe-
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