OU Wins 1-2 Battle; AFA Earns Historic Win

Tim Wang, Air Force (Photo by Mike Kaplan)
March 7, 2017

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No. 1 OKLAHOMA Allan Bower led the No. 1 Sooners to a narrow road win over No. 2 Stanford (Mar. 4), 432.300-432.050 in a down-to-the-wire battle of the nation’s top-two ranked teams. Bower won the all-around (86.950) which helped push Oklahoma to a team mark of 432.300, its second-highest of the year. He won the pommel horse with a 15.300, just one-tenth off his career-high which was set under the old code of points. He also led the team on floor (14.850, second place) and parallel bars (second-place, 14.800), while adding a 14.500 on vault and 14.400 on rings. Thao Hoang took the rings title (14.750), Tanner Justus won vault (15.100) and Peter Daggett claimed parallel bars (14.950). OU won four of the six team titles, highlighted by a 73.350 vault total. The Sooners were without Yul Moldauer, who won the 2017 AT&T American Cup that day in Newark, NJ.

No. 9 AIR FORCE won its first-ever meet against California in 41 attempts (Mar. 5), totaling 403.900, ahead of the host No. 10 Bears (395.750) and No. 20 SC United (289.950). Tim Wang brought home four titles, as well as the No. 2 floor score in Academy history in which he placed second (14.350). Wang won the pommel horse (14.700), still rings (14.150), vault (14.650) and all-around (84.200). Casey Branin finished first on the parallel bars (14.100) to round out the five individual wins for Air Force. In addition to Wang’s floor, other second-place Academy results came from Fletcher Braunton’s pommel horse (13.350) and Chase Cannon’s high bar (14.050).

No. 2 STANFORD Robert Neff recorded the NCAA’s top high bar score this year (15.500) in the home meet against No. 1 Oklahoma. Taylor Seaton won the floor (14.950). Stanford won team events on high bar (73.650, 2017 NCAA-high) and parallel bars (70.800). Josiah Eng was second on rings (14.700). The Cardinal was without Akash Modi, who took third-place overall at the 2017 AT&T American Cup that day in Newark, NJ.

No. 10 CALIFORNIA totaled 395.750 in a second-place Senior Night finish at home, behind No. 8 Air Force and ahead of No. 20 SC United. Aaron Mah and Yordan Aleksandrov posted event titles, winning on floor (14.850) and high bar (14.150), respectively. Mah placed second all-around (81.600) and Aleksandrov third (78.350).