Sooners Set NCAA-Highs; Card Sweep Events

Jan. 24, 2017

MPSF Men's Gym Release 2

# 1 OKLAHOMA won its second-straight road meet to start the year, 426.600-414.400 over No. 7 Nebraska (Jan. 21). The Sooners set NCAA season-highs on vault (73.100, meet-high) and high bar (72.450—NCAA best by nearly two points). Matt Wenske and Tanner Justus both scored 15.050 on vault to win the event, while Reese Rickett took first-place on the still rings (15.100). Colin Van Wicklen and Levi Anderson both posted NCAA-bests 14.650 on high bar to share the event title. Yul Moldauer posted 15.500 on parallel bars, tying his own NCAA-high in taking the event win. Oklahoma’s home opener is Saturday (Jan. 28) against Michigan.

#2 STANFORD swept the team and individual event titles for the second-straight week to open the season (Jan. 21), winning the 25th-annual Stanford Open over No. 8 California (398.850) and Washington (375.650). The No. 2 Cardinal accumulated 423.600, led by Akash Modi’s titles on floor (2017 NCAA-high 15.000), pommel horse (14.800), parallel bars (14.900), and all-around (88.150). Modi added second-place outcomes on still rings (14.750), vault (14.650), and high bar (14.050; tie with Robert Neff). David Jessen won his first career title with a 14.250 on high bar. Taylor Seaton won vault (15.000), and Josiah Eng won his second-straight rings competition (14.950).

#8 AIR FORCE collected four individual titles, but dropped the team competition at No. 10 Minnesota, 407.700-395.350 (Jan. 21). Tim Wang, who tallied an 80.900 as the only all-around gymnast, claimed first-place scores on pommel horse (14.500), still rings (13.900) and high bar (career-best 14.100), while taking second on the vault (14.900). Jon Fornoff registered a 14.200 to win the parallel bars. The Falcons return to Colorado Springs to host service academy rival Army (Jan. 28).

#9 CALIFORNIA totaled 398.850, ahead of Washington, as it competed in the Stanford Open (Jan. 21). Aaron Mah placed third on pommel horse (13.450). The top apparatus of the night for the Bears was the vault for the second-straight meet, recording a cumulative score of 69.550, led by Gagik Gharibyan’s 14.250. Cal also totaled 66.250 on high bar and 64.400 on floor led by Yordan Aleksandrov’s 13.800 and 13.350, respectively. Anton Vorona tied for fourth on rings (13.900). Cal heads to Los Angeles to take on SC United, Temple, and Arizona State (Jan. 28).