Moldauer, Modi One-Two In Winter Cup

Akash Modi, Stanford (Photo courtesy of Stanford)
Feb. 21, 2017

MPSF Men's Gym Release 6

No. 1 OKLAHOMA Yul Moldauer combined for a two-day total of 171.750 at the Las Vegas Winter Cup (Feb. 16-18), becoming the first Sooner to win the event since Jake Dalton in 2011. Allan Bower placed third all-around (169.900) with four top-five finishes, joining Moldauer in punching a ticket on the U.S. Senior Men’s National Team. Moldauer won event titles on rings (30.100) and parallel bars (29.300), while placing second on floor (29.650) and vault (29.450) en route to the all-around crown. The top-ranked Sooners return to team action by hosting Air Force Saturday (Feb. 25).

No. 2 STANFORD Akash Modi placed second all-around at the Winter Cup for the second straight year, with a combined overall score of 171.050. He had a field-leading score of 86.300 in the preliminary round (Feb. 16), which he followed with an 84.740 in the finals. Modi finished second on parallel bars (29.100), second on high bar (27.859), third on floor (28.650), tied for fifth on vault (28.900), eighth on pommel horse (28.300) and eighth on rings (28.250). Joining Modi on the U.S. Senior National Team is Robert Neff and Grant Breckenridge, placing sixth and seventh respectively. The No. 2 Cardinal hosts Minnesota along with international teams from Japan and Canada Saturday.

No. 8 AIR FORCE Tim Wang competed at the Las Vegas Winter Cup this past week, where he finished seventh during the preliminary round (81.050). He collected three top-10 finishes in that round, placing sixth on the pommel horse (14.200), seventh on the parallel bars (13.750) and 10th on the vault (14.400). Tying for 11th with a score of 13.800, Wang narrowly missed a top-10 placement on the still rings. He rounded out his night with a 12.950 on the floor exercise (24th) and an 11.950 on the high bar (28th, tie). The Falcons return to team competition Saturday, traveling to No. 1 Oklahoma.

No. 10 CALIFORNIA travels to Michigan Saturday (Feb. 25), following the Winter Cup break. The Bears hosted Stanford, Nebraska, and Arizona State (Feb. 11), placing ahead of the Sun Devils. Yordan Aleksandrov posted the parallel bars title (14.550). Aaron Mah was second on floor (14.700) en route to placing second all-around (81.500). The Cal vault squad set a season-high 70.800, as did the floor team (70.350).