To a time when Michigan was on top, when Sam Mikulak was the best in the country, and even without Adrian De Los Angeles, UofM could win. When a knee injury didn’t mean the season was over.
2014. The year after Michigan had won their fifth national championships. Captain Sam Mkkulak’s final year with the school. One last run. One last chance to bring things home for the senior. Not only was it Sam to lead the team, they also had Stacey Ervin and Syque Ceaser. Early in the season, they lose Adrian De Los Angeles to an ACL tear. They fight through, win against big names such as Penn State, leading in to post season with high hopes. They return to NCAA’s as top contenders and end up winning Kurt Golder’s sixth national championships. A team to beat.
Jump forward to 2018. Ranked number 8 heading into pre season, they face the toughest of tests. They will open their season against number 1 Oklahoma. A young, hopeful, Michigan team full of 6 freshmen, 6 sophomore, 10 juniors, and only 2 seniors, they will rely on their home advantage. Looking to improve upon a ninth place finish last year, we are left to wonder, can this team return to the state of dominance they had held four years ago? Will Dmitri Belanovski, Emyre Cole, redshirt junior Marty Stretch returning from injury, and two time NCAA Vault Champion Anthony McCallum lead this young team to a year of success? We find out as they set the tone for the long season this afternoon.
Where: Cliff Keen Arena, Ann Arbor, Michigan
When: 1pm EST, January 27th, 2018
Who: No. 1 Oklahoma @ No. 9 Michigan
What: Both team’s 2018 season opener.
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