No. 1 OU Posts Second-Straight NCAA-High

Genki Suzuki, Oklahoma (Photo courtesy OU)
Genki Suzuki, Oklahoma (Photo courtesy OU)
Feb. 13, 2018

MPSF Men's Gym Release 5


Oklahoma junior Genki Suzuki (North Wales, PA) put together his most complete performance of the year in the Sooners’ 418.850-402.850 win over No. 10 Iowa (Feb. 10). Suzuki won his first three event titles of the year. His most impressive performance came on high bar, where he recorded a first-place and career-high 14.500. That score tied for the second-highest in the country this year, while OU finished with a seasonbest high bar total (69.500). Suzuki also posted titles on vault (14.550) and parallel bars (14.350), and placed third on pommel horse (14.000). He led the Sooners to the highest overall team score in the country for the second-straight week. This is Suzuki’s first career MPSF weekly award, and the third-straight for the Sooners. Others Nominated: Connor Lewis (STAN); Fletcher Braunton (AFA)….


No. 1 OKLAHOMA For the second straight week the top-ranked Sooners registered the highest score in the country in a 418.850-402.850 home win over No. 10 Iowa (Feb. 10). The victory marked OU’s 85th in a row and its 43rd-straight regular season home win. Genki Suzuki led the Sooners with event titles on vault (14.550), parallel bars (14.350) and high bar (14.500, career-high), leading OU to a season team-best on high bar (69.500). Hunter Justus shared the vault win, while Yul Moldauer was a double winner on still rings (14.700) and floor (14.500). The Sooners take a break from NCAA competition for the annual Winter Cup in Las Vegas.

No. 2 STANFORD won five event titles in a home quad meet win over nationally-ranked California, Arizona State, and Washington. The Cardinal totaled 403.600. Joey Ringer claimed his second career event title, scoring 14.200 on pommel horse, leading a top-four Cardinal finish. Connor Lewis posted his first career title with a 14.650 vault. Jacob Barrus took his first title of the year on parallel bars with a 13.600, leading a one through six Cardinal sweep in the event. Team competition breaks for the annual Las Vegas Winter Cup this week.

No. 11 AIR FORCE captured its eighth consecutive All-Academy Championship team title last Saturday (Feb. 10) in San Antonio, as it registered a season-high 403.850 to easily defeat No. 9 Navy (400.200) and No. 14 Army West Point (399.550). Fletcher Braunton and Casey Branin combined for three individual titles. Braunton won the pommel horse (14.000) and still rings (13.950), while Branin collected a 14.400 – the second-highest score in program history – to win the floor exercise. Air Force claimed the top-five scores on the still rings, as Braunton was followed by Frankie Valentin (second, 13.900) and senior Michael Graft (third, 13.800). The Falcons also registered the top-two marks on floor, as Ryan Girouard garnered a 14.200 to finish second. Air Force is off until March 3.

No. 12 CALIFORNIA Aaron Mah recorded his second all-around title of the season with an 80.850, while the Golden Bears collectively delivered a season-best 390.150 at Stanford (Feb. 10). Cal placed ahead of ASU and Washington. Mah earned his first meet win at Burnham Pavilion two weeks ago. Cal's second-place finish was also highlighted by event wins on rings (13.850) and high bar (13.700) by Yordan Aleksandrov. The Bears posted the top three scores on high bar with Mah recording a 13.400 as the runner-up and Nathaniel Ramil finishing third (13.250). Cal next competes March 3, again at Stanford.