Wolverines set to open 2022 home schedule against northern Illinois

Wolverines set to open 2022 home schedule against northern Illinois

1/5/2022 10:44:00

// Scott Kemps

Michigan was chosen to finish first in the Big Ten preseason coaches poll and second in the College Gymnastics Association poll.
Wolverines to be led by 2021 Olympian Cameron Bock and Big Ten Gymnast of the Year 2021 Paul Judah. The team is also returning six other All-Americans from a season ago.
»UM in its first season under the direction of the interim head coach Yuan Xiao following the retirement of longtime head coach Kurt golder.

Saturday January 8 – vs. Northern Illinois (Cliff Keen Arena), 1 p.m.
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The reigning University of Michigan men’s gymnastics team, the defending Big Ten and No.2 champions, opens the 2022 season by hosting northern Illinois on Saturday, Jan.8 at 1 p.m. inside the Cliff Keen Arena. The match will be televised live on Facebook.

To note: As of January 1, 2022, the University of Michigan instituted proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative testing protocol for indoor sporting events. Face masks remain mandatory and must be worn at all home indoor sporting events. [ U-M Vaccination Policy ]

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• With long-time retired head coach Kurt golder, Yuan Xiao will serve as interim head coach for the 2022 season. Xiao, now in his 17th season with the program, steps into the head after having been an assistant coach under Golder for the past 16 seasons.

• Michigan was selected to finish first in the Big Ten preseason coaching poll, followed by Nebraska, Illinois and Penn State. minnesota transfer Daring crew and second Evgeny Siminiuc were named Big Ten Gymnasts to Watch.

• In the CGA preseason poll, the Wolverines are ranked second with 152 points and a first-place vote behind. Stanford (168 points, 12 votes for first place) leads the CGA poll.

• Wolverines return eight gymnasts who won 13 All-America awards a season ago, highlighted by juniors Paul Judah and second Evgeny Siminiuc, who have both won several accolades.

• UM returns 25 of the 2021 Big Ten Championship team’s 30 routines.

• NCAA Men’s Gymnastics has undergone a handful of changes for the upcoming season, as competitions will now be held in a five-on-five format for the entire season. The teams will also compete in the same alternating events in Olympic order (floor exercise, pommel horse, stationary rings, jump, parallel bars, fixed bar).

• The Wolverine 2022 roster will feature a trio of doubles at home, as well as UM’s return to the Windy City Invitational, an event that was postponed last year on January 15 in Chicago. The double home fixtures will include Big Ten clashes against Nebraska (January 29) and Penn State (March 19). The Big Ten Championships will be hosted by Penn State on April 1 and 2, while the NCAA Championships will be held in Norman, Okla. On April 15 and 16.

• Last season, the Wolverines won the 17th Big Ten Championship in program history and won another Big Ten championship in the regular season with an overall record of 20-3 and a Big Ten mark of 6-0. Paul Judah was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, while Kurt golder won the Big Ten Coach of the Year award.

• Judah won regular season honors from the CGA All-America team in all seven events, while Bock won honors on pommel horse, still rings, parallel bars and all-around. Markus shears (pommel horse) and Evgeny Siminiuc (parallel bars) were also named on the list. Bock won a trio of Big Ten Championships on all-around, still rings and parallel bars.

• The Wolverines tied the program’s record for All-America citations in one season with 13. Paul Judah (of them), David Willett (pommel horse), Jacques Read (ring again), Cameron Bock (fixed rings, parallel bars), Evgeny Siminiuc (parallel bars), Virgil Watkins (parallel bars), Adam wooten (high bar), Anthony Tawfik (high bar), Thomas paul (high bar), Jacob moore (floor exercise) and Nicolas guy (floor exercise) all deserved citations.

• After the season, Cameron Bock was named a replacement athlete for the United States Olympic team. He was also named a finalist for the Nissen-Emery Prize. Paul Judah was second in the all-around at the Pan American Championships with a score of 83,000 at Parque Olimpico, while Bock was sixth with a score of 81,200.

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Saturday January 15th – at Windy City Invitational (Chicago, Ill), 7 p.m. CST

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