Bears Edged by Oklahoma, Place Second at MPSFs

Runner-Up Bears End One-Tenth of a Point Behind the Sooners at MPSF Championships

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There is much to be said about the victories the Cal men's gymnastics team recorded in its second place finish at Saturday's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships hosted by Oklahoma at the McCasland Field House.

Coming down to the wire, the meet concluded with the Bears' score tallied at 354.450, a tenth of a point behind Oklahoma's winning score of 354.550.

The Sooners toppled No. 1 Stanford from its throne it earned from last year's win.

Cal took third last year, behind Stanford and the Sooners. This year, the Cardinal fell to third.

The finish was likely especially sweet for the Bears considering their toppling of rival Stanford. The second place finish also gave Cal a little revenge for their loss to the defending national champions earlier in the season.

On floor routine, the Bears took third. Standouts sophomore Glen Ishino and junior Kyle Bunthuwong were Cal's top finishers with each scoring 15.150.

Ishino, who sustained an injury during warm ups in the first meet of the season, asserted his returned strength by setting the pace for the Bears on pommel horse.

His win in the event significantly contributed to the team's effort-the Bears won the pommel horse team title.

On the rings, Cal battled with Stanford and finished second. Bunthuwong held the top score for the Bears with 14.750. Freshman Steven Lacombe followed close behind him with a score of 14.600.

The eight-ranked Bears all garnered scores above 15.100 on the vault. Ishino came out on top again as Cal's highest scorer in the event with 15.850. Freshman Christian Monteclaro was second in the Bears' scores and junior Eric Haeussler ranked third.

Bunthuwong took home the win on the high bar, with Ishino following behind him to take second.

Improving their ranking from last year's performance at the MPSF and the returned strength seen in Ishino coming out as Cal's top scorer in many events are only two of the accomplishments the Bears' saw that contributed to their outstanding second place finish overall.

Next, Cal heads to West Point for the NCAA championship qualifier on April 15.


Contact Kelly Suckow at [email protected]

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