Moldauer Repeats America Cup Title

Yul Moldauer, Oklahoma (Photo courtesy OU).
Yul Moldauer, Oklahoma (Photo courtesy OU).
March 6, 2018

MPSF Men's Gym Release 7

YUL MOLDAUER OF OKLAHOMA MPSF GYMNAST OF THE WEEK

Oklahoma junior Yul Moldauer (Arvada, CO) became the first back-to-back American Cup winner since former Sooner Jonathan Horton won two-straight in 2006 and 2007. The American Cup was the first of many international events leading up to the World Championships and eventually the 2020 Olympic Games. Moldauer’s 85.964 all-around was more than 2.500 better than the second-place gymnast, and he finished in the top-three on all six events and scored higher than 14 on five of the six. His event victory came on still rings (14.333), while he placed second on pommel horse (14.066), high bar (13.666), floor (14.666), and parallel bars (14.500, tie) and tied for third on vault (14.733). This is Moldauer’s third MPSF weekly award this year and fifth of his career. Others Nominated: Robert Neff (STAN); Fletcher Braunton (AFA)…

STANFORD WINS INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE; MOLDAUER REPEATS AMERICA CUP TITLE

No. 2 STANFORD won the International Collegiate Challenge it hosted last Saturday (Mar. 3), against No. 13 California, No. 7 Illinois, No. 8 Michigan, reigning Olympic Champion Japan, and the Canadian National Team. Stanford accumulated its second-best score of the season with a 410.700 total. Robert Neff compiled a winning 81.200 all-around, as well as a second-place pommel horse with a season-high 14.300. Grant Breckenridge and Blake Sun won Stanford's lone individual titles, the former recording a 14.100 on the high bar and the latter a season-best 14.400 on the parallel bars. Stanford hosts Ohio State Saturday (Mar. 10) to close its regular season.

No. 1 OKLAHOMA was off from team competition last week, though Yul Moldauer became the first back-to-back American Cup winner since former Sooner Jonathan Horton won two straight in 2006 and 2007. Moldauer’s 85.964 all-around was more than 2.500 better than the second-place gymnast, and he finished in the top-three on all six events and scored higher than 14 on five of the six events. His event victory came on still rings (14.333), while he placed second on pommel horse (14.066), high bar (13.666), floor (14.666), and parallel bars (14.500, tie) and tied for third on vault (14.733). In their last team outing, the Sooners for a third-straight week improved on their own 2018 NCAA overall high total, recording 429.550 in a win over Navy (Feb. 24).

No. 11 AIR FORCE placed third at Ohio State’s Arnold Challenge last Saturday (Mar. 3), totaling 390.250, behind fifth-ranked Nebraska (404.000) and fourth-ranked host Ohio State (401.600). Fletcher Braunton and Frankie Valentin had top-three scores on the still rings, as Braunton scored a 13.800 to take second and Valentin a 13.500 to finish third. Braunton also tied for fourth on pommel horse with a 14.150. Eric Klein placed fourth on the vault (14.250) and tied Lukas Texeira for that same placement on the high bar (13.700). Casey Branin and Zach Polen tied for third (13.600) and fifth (13.450), respectively, on the parallel bars.

No. 13 CALIFORNIA totaled 384.650 at Stanford’s International Challenge (Mar. 3). Aaron Mah placed second all-around (77.850). Yordan Aleksandrov placed seventh on still rings with a 13.500. Cal travels to No. 1 Oklahoma Saturday (Mar. 10), followed by Minnesota on Mar. 18, and then returns home on Mar. 24 in its regular season finale.