ANN ARBOR, Mich, – The No. 5 Illinois men’s gymnastics senior Connor McCool and graduate  student Michael Fletcher both broke career-highs in a 411.250-405.550 loss to No. 3 Michigan Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Mich. 

“The guys fought super hard from start to finish,” head coach Daniel Ribeiro said “We left Michigan with our heads held high. This will only fuel us for the Big Ten Championships and the NCAA Championships.”

Floor started out strong for the Illini, with McCool breaking his career-high with a 14.900. Michael Fletcher scored a 13.900 on the apparatus with Will Hauke securing a 13.750. Evan Manivong and Amari Sewell closed it out with a 13.550.

Ian Skirkey landed a monster score on pommel horse with a 15.150, with Hauke landing a 13.900. David Pochinka scored a 13.700 with Connor Micklos securing a 13.600. 

Ashton Anaya also secured an impressive score with a 14.650 on still rings. Ethan Boder tallied a 13.750 with Fletcher notching a 13.500 and Josh Cook scoring a 13.400. 

Onto vault, Sewell scored a 14.700 with McCool following behind with a 14.350. Fletcher took a 14.100 with Cook securing a 14.050.

Fletcher broke his career-high on parallel bars, securing a 14.300. Pochinka scored a 13.700 and Micklos tied his career-high of 13.400. 

Manivong had the highest Illini score on high bar  with a 13.350 with Hauke securing a 12.900. 

Fletcher also took home the all-around title with a 82.200.

The Illini will travel to Columbus, Ohio for the Big Ten Championships from March 31-April 1, starting at 7 p.m. CT.


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