No. 1 Oklahoma Visits No. 2 Stanford

Colin Van Wicklen, Oklahoma (Photo courtesy OU)
Feb. 28, 2017

MPSF Men's Gym Release 7

No. 1 OKLAHOMA tallied its fifth straight meet of 425-plus, the only team in the nation to hit that total, in a 425.550-394.850 home win over No. 8 Air Force. The Sooners won five individual titles and every team title. Allan Bower won pommel horse with a 15.200, Peter Daggett won rings with a career-high 14.450, Alex Powarzynski won vault with a 14.900 and parallel bars with a 14.600, and Levi Anderson posted the high bar title with a season-high tying 14.900. Colin Van Wicklen accumulated the all-around crown with a mark of 84.500. The top Sooner team score came on vault with a 72.250 total. The top-ranked Sooners travel to second-ranked Stanford Saturday (Mar. 4) at 4 pm (PT) for the regular season showdown of the year.

No. 2 STANFORD Akash Modi was limited to two events as the Cardinal (421.550) defeated No. 6 Minnesota and Canada, though fell to Olympic Champion Japan, in the International Challenge. In his two events, Modi took the event title in pommel horse (14.700) and second to Japan’s Daisuke Fudono in high bar (14.500). Third-place Stanford finishes came from Taylor Seaton on high bar (14.450), Josiah Eng on still rings (15.100), Drew Willoughby on pommel horse (14.200), and Jacob Barrus on floor (14.850).

No. 8 AIR FORCE Casey Branin earned a first-place finish on the floor exercise, as the ninth-ranked Falcons scored 394.850 at top-ranked Oklahoma (Feb. 25). Branin and Tim Wang combined for five top-three finishes during the meet. Branin scored a career-best 14.300 – the second-highest total in program history – to win floor, while Wang earned runner-up finishes in the pommel horse (14.600) and vault (14.850). Wang was also the Academy’s top finisher on the parallel bars (13.350, sixth) and finished third all-around (83.250). Air Force heads to California Saturday (Mar. 4) for a dual with the Bears.

No. 10 CALIFORNIA dropped a road dual at No. 11 Michigan, 403.100-386.800 (Feb. 25). Aaron Mah took home his second all-around title of the year (81.600). Yordan Aleksandrov finished with a 79.250 all-around, highlighted by the high bar title with a 13.400. Mah posted the win on floor and scored second behind Aleksandrov on high bar.