McCool and Fletcher hit career highs against Michigan’s No. 3

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

“The guys fought really 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 strong for the Illini, with McCool beating his career high with a 14.900. Michael Fletcher scored a 13.900 on apparatus while Will Hauke ​​scored a 13.750. Evan Manivong and Amari Sewell closed it with 13.550.

Ian Skirkey notched a monster score on pommel horse with a 15.150, with Hauke ​​notching a 13.900. David Pochinka scored a 13.700 with Connor Micklos scoring a 13.600.

Ashton Anaya also scored an impressive 14.650 on fixed rings. Ethan Boder tallied a 13.750 with Fletcher a 13.500 and Josh Cook a 13.400.

On vault, Sewell scored a 14.700 followed by McCool with a 14.350. Fletcher took a 14.100 with Cook a 14.050.

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

Manivong had Illini’s highest high bar score with a 13.350 and Hauke ​​had a 12.900.

Fletcher also won the all-around title with an 82.200.

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


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