Stanford Posts NCAA-High, Visits No. 1 OU

Yul Moldauer, Oklahoma (Photo courtesy Oklahoma Athletics)
Yul Moldauer, Oklahoma (Photo courtesy Oklahoma Athletics)
Jan. 30, 2018

MPSF Men's Gym Release 3


Oklahoma junior Yul Moldauer (Arvada, CO) put on an impressive performance in the Sooners’ season opener at No. 9 Michigan (Jan. 27). Out of the four events he competed, he won three. On parallel bars, he scored an NCAA season-high 15.050, 0.450 higher than any gymnast. The Sooners accumulated a 2018 national-high 70.650. Moldauer’s first-place still rings routine in which he posted 14.950, was the second-highest national score this season. He added a win on pommel horse (13.900) and a fourth-place finish on high bar (13.250). This is Moldauer’s third career MPSF weekly award. Others Nominated: Grant Breckenridge (STAN); Aaron Mah (CAL); Fletcher Braunton (AFA)….


No. 4 STANFORD claimed its third-straight tri-meet win last Saturday at home, totaling a 2018 NCAA-High 414.100, defeating California (395.050) and Washington (368.300). Connor Lewis posted a 14.550 on floor for a career-best and his first career event title, leading Stanford to a 71.250 team event score – another NCAA season-best. David Jessen and Joey Ringer tied for the title on pommel horse (13.700) – a career-best for Jessen. Bailey Perez claimed his first collegiate title with a career-best 14.750 on vault. Thomas Lee recorded a career-best 14.000 on still rings for the second event title of his career. Grant Breckenridge posted a season-high 14.300 on high bar for the fourth-highest score in the NCAA this season, as well as his third career high bar title. In a battle between three of the nation’s top-four teams, No. 4 Stanford travels to No. 1 Oklahoma Saturday (Feb. 3) for its fourth-straight tri-meet, which also features No. 2 Nebraska.

No. 1 OKLAHOMA came back from an early deficit to win its season opener at No. 9 Michigan (Jan. 27), 411.650-403.650, the program’s 82nd win in succession. Yul Moldauer won three events (rings-14.950; horse-13.900; parallel bars-15.050), while Matt Wenske (vault-14.850), and Genki Suzuki (high bar-14.150) added one crown each. Moldauer’s parallel bars score was the nation’s best this year, while the team totaled a national-best 70.650. Moldauer’s rings routine was second-best in the NCAA this year. Levi Anderson won the all-around (80.700).

No. 11 AIR FORCE Fletcher Braunton won two event titles at Army last Friday (Jan. 26), leading a 394.750-394.150 win. Braunton posted a winning 13.950 on still rings as well as a first-place 13.700 on pommel horse. Jonathon Fornoff won the parallel bars (13.850), while Ryan Girouard and Lukas Texeira added victories on the floor (13.600) and high bar (14.100), respectively. Braunton (pommel horse, 14.200), Girouard (floor, 13.800), Texeira (high bar, 13.450) and Christian Kalustian (vault, 14.300) collected event titles for the Falcons in Sunday’s 397.100-387.200 win at Springfield (Jan. 28).

No. 12 CALIFORNIA totaled a season-high 395.050 last Saturday (Jan. 27) at Stanford’s tri-meet, as Aaron Mah was the all-around winner (80.350) and Yordan Aleksandrov the top performer on parallel bars (14.250). Cal visits Stanford again in its next competition on Feb. 10.