The highly anticipated acrobatics and tumbling inaugural meet took place on Sunday at the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center Gymnasium in front of a good crowd rooting on the Bulldogs. Adrian trailed King University after four of the first five events heading into the team routine, but delivered a stellar two and a half minute performance to edge out the Tornado by the final score of 236.41-234.63.
"I am very pleased with the team's performance today," said head coach Regina Smith. "I think it was really hard to know what to expect coming into the meet. King and Adrian were each doing this for the first time and I think both teams did a great job. The meet came down to the final team routine and our degree of difficulty is what made the difference. We have several things to work on before our next meet against Gannon on Friday. We will rest our bodies and minds and get ready for another challenge."
The entire meet was close throughout and consists of six events that lead to the overall team score at the conclusion of the meet. The first event was Compulsory which had a maximum of 40 points to be earned. King scored 25.7 points while the Bulldogs had did them one better with 27.9 points.
King took the lead after two events as they outscored Adrian, 23.96-20.73, in the Acro event which featured a maximum of 30 points. The third event was Pyramid and the visitors were slightly better with a score of 27-25.75 to take a 76.66-74.38 lead entering halftime of the event.
The fourth event was Toss which had a possible 30 points on the line. The Tornado scored 24.45 points to the 25.4 for Adrian as the Bulldogs closed the gap to 101.11-99.78 entering the fifth event which was Tumbling. The Tumbling event features six heats and King held a slim edge 44.35-43.2 out of 60 possible points.
King led 145.46-142.98 entering the last event which was the Team Routine. The grueling event features all of the moves and maneuvers that are used during the first five events of the meet. In the end it was a more complicated routine which allowed Adrian to outscore King, 93.43-89.17, and take home the win by a narrow margin.
"The final routine takes everything out of you both physically and mentally," said freshman Madisson Baron-Galbavi from Monroe, Michigan. "We knew we had to perform well in order to win the meet and we did just enough in the judge's eyes. I'm very proud of my teammates and we have come so far since the program started. A lot of practice went into today and it paid off."
The Bulldogs will again hit the mat on Friday, Feb. 14 against Gannon University at home beginning at 5 p.m. The Golden Knights are 0-2 this season with losses at Quinnipiac University (279.575-260.895) and home against Fairmont State University (275.905-262.345).