No. 1 Sooners Sweep Home Opener

Jan. 31, 2017

MPSF Men's Gym Release 3

# 1 OKLAHOMA dominated No. 8 Michigan in the home opener in Norman, 430.050-400.050, last Saturday (Jan. 28). The Sooners swept the event titles, including an all-around win from Yul Moldauer, who posted the second-highest total in the country this year with an 88.350. Moldauer also won crowns on floor (14.850), still rings (15.100) and parallel bars (15.150). Hunter Justus won the event title on pommel horse (14.100) while his brother Tanner Justus shared the vault title (15.000). Levi Anderson also took first-place on high bar with a 2017 NCAA-high (14.900). Oklahoma remains the only team in the nation to reach 425 this year, in fact topping 430 twice. OU returns to action Feb. 10 in Iowa City to face Iowa and Minnesota in a tri-meet.

#8 AIR FORCE accumulated a season-high 409.150 in topping service academy rival Army last Saturday in Colorado Springs (Jan. 28). The Falcons accounted for five first-place results. Aaron Nubine matched the Academy record of 14.200 to win the floor exercise, while Tim Wang finished first on the pommel horse (14.200) and Fletcher Braunton was the meet’s top-scorer on still rings (career-best 14.150). Casey Branin improved his parallel bars score by one point (14.600) to win that event, while Eric Klein posted a 14.550 – the third-best in program history – to win the vault. Air Force hosts No. 2 Stanford Saturday (Feb. 4).

#9 CALIFORNIA totaled a season-high 407.300 in Los Angeles to place first in a quad meet over host No. 20 SC United, No. 19 Temple, and No. 13 Arizona State (Jan. 28). The Bears found their best team score on the high bar, totaling 72.050. They were led on the event by Gagik Gharibyan and Yordan Aleksandrov, who both notched 14.650 scores. Aaron Mah scored 14.750 on floor, en route to winning the all-around (81.800). Cal hosts Iowa Monday (Feb. 6).

#2 STANFORD comes off a bye week, and travels to Air Force Saturday. Last time out, 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).