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No. 10 Bears Place Third at Collegiate Cup

Mar 1, 2014

PALO ALTO, Calif. - The No. 10 California Golden Bears placed third at the Collegiate Cup on Saturday night at Burnham Pavilion in Palo Alto. The Bears took on fourth-ranked Stanford as well all-star teams from Canada, Finland, Japan and Norway. Japan ended up winning the meet, posting a score of 447.500, while Stanford finished second with a team total of 443.650 and Cal came in with a total score of 429.200. Sophomore Kevin Wolting led the way for the Bears with a score of 87.000 in the all-around competition, placing third.
“It’s a real pressure-cooker of a situation when the season changes from a six-up, five-count to a five-up, five-count format where everybody’s score counts,” said Associate Head Coach Brett McClure following the meet on Saturday. “I was anxious to see how they’d handle it and definitely there are a couple of spots where we needed to be a little more comfortable and we made some mistakes. That said, there were some really, really good routines out there and I’m starting to see some of the guys step up into their roles and know their position in the lineup and what they need to do when they put their hand up.”
Cal struggled a bit out of the gates on the pommel horse, posting a cumulative 68.950 in the first five-up, five-count meet of the season. Redshirt senior and co-captain Donothan Bailey set the pace for California, posting a 14.350. Japan’s Shohei Fujiwara claimed the individual event title with a very impressive 15.550 routine.
The Bears finished with a score of 71.350 on the still rings, led by redshirt senior Jeffrey Langenstein (15.100) and sophomore Kyle Zemeir’s career-best routine (15.000). The rings marked Stanford’s best event behind sophomore Dennis Zaremski’s 15.800 routine, as they scored a 75.200, which was just behind Japan, who posted a 75.950 on the apparatus.
Cal finished third on vault with a total of 73.500, behind Japan (74.750) and the Cardinal (74.600). Langenstein was the Bears’ high-scorer on the apparatus, posting a 14.900, followed closely by teammates Wolting and senior Christian Monteclaro, who each scored a 14.700.
The Golden Bears flexed their muscles on the parallel bars, easily their premier event of the day, and set a new school record in the process with a score of 73.600. They were carried by Bailey (15.150), junior co-captain Jon Liu (15.100) and Zemeir (15.000), as those three closed out the apparatus strongly.
Sophomore Ryan Patterson paced Cal on the high bar, scoring a 14.850 for his routine. Wolting also impressed with a 14.500. Japan’s Hiroki Ishikawa claimed the individual event title with an eye-popping 15.500.
The Bears finished the meet on floor exercise, placing third at the meet as a team with a score of 71.750. Wolting stuck his routine with a 15.150, and Langenstein didn’t disappoint, concluding California’s performance with an exclamation point with a 15.200 on his routine.
“The guys are really executing right now and now we just have to make a few adjustments,” McClure added. “When we get the five-up to be completely comfortable and go five in a row to build some momentum and go score a 440.”
Stanford improves to 4-3 on the season, while Cal is now 1-5. California is back at it next Saturday, March 8 at Burnham Pavilion in Palo Alto, set to do battle with the Cardinal, No. 2 Ohio State, Arizona State, Finland and Norway. The meet will begin at 4 p.m. PT in Palo Alto.