SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE:
Darren Wong scored 77.465, which was good for 13th overall in the all-around.
Aaron Mah scored 75.965, which was good for 15th.
Stanford’s Brodie Malone won the all-around with a score of 85.832.
On Floor, Wong scored 13.800 which was good for a tie for 31st. Mah’s score of 12.233 was 44th (dead last).
On Pommel Horse, Wong’s 13.500 was good for a tie for 12th. Mah’s score of 12.433 was good for 37th.
On Rings, Mah scored 13.266 which was 42nd. Wong’s 11.300 was 44th.
The two Cal Bears have their best outing on the vault. Wong’s 14.166 was good for a tie for 30th. Mah’s 14.100 was 32nd.
On Parallel Bars, Wong’s score of 13.266 was good for 21st. Mah’s 10.933 was 42nd.
On the Horizontal Bars, Mah’s 13.000 was good for 27th. Wong took 41st with his 11.433 score.
You can find the results here.
Cal Men’s Gymnastics as a squad fell short of advancing to Saturday’s NCAA Championship session. Nonetheless, the Golden Bears will be well represented with two all-arounders in Saturday’s competitions. Both senior Aaron Mah and freshman Darren Wong will compete in all 6 apparatus to be in the mix for the 6 apparatus individual championships as well as the all-around title.
Bears had a great vault rotation to take 1st overall after two apparatuses, but they could not keep that lead and ended up finishing 6th. Frankly, I was expecting the Golden Bears to break 400 points, which would have meant 4th place - still short of advancing. Cal had some issues late as the pressure mounted, unfortunately.
Both Mah and Wong hail from Vancouver, British Columbia and have spent time on the Canadian National or Junior National teams. The two are also child hood friends, training gymnastics together in the same Canadian club. The younger Wong actually finished 4th overall as an individual on Friday with 79.09 points, just ahead of Mah’s 78.831 that took 5th in session 1.
Last year, Mah made the NCAA finals as a horizontal bar specialist. Check out his routine from earlier this season.
Wong, one of the top signee this past offseason, has earned numerous freshman of the week honors in his freshman season. He certainly has the talent to make annual trips back to the NCAA championship finals. Check out his parallel bar routine from the MPSF Championships below.
2019 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships
Where: Champaign, Illinois
When: 4pm PT
Online Stream: BTN
Online Stats: LINK