No. 1 Sooners Post NCAA's Top Score

Colin Van Wicklen, Oklahoma (Photo courtesy OU)
March 14, 2017

MPSF Men's Gym Release 9

No. 1 OKLAHOMA picked up a home win over No. 4 Ohio State (Mar. 11), 434.550-417.600, with its final team tally as the nation’s highest this year. Yul Moldauer won floor with an NCAA-high 15.550, Todd Dowdy won vault (14.800), Allan Bower took parallel bars (15.050) and Genki Suzuki won high bar with a career-high 15.050. Colin Van Wicklen competed in the all-around, finishing with 84.150. He posted an NCAA season-high floor of 15.300, before Moldauer broke that moments later. Van Wicklen also turned in a season-high on rings (14.500) and placed second on high bar (14.500).

No. 2 STANFORD Akash Modi led a tri-meet win in Ann Arbor, MI over No. 3 Illinois and the host No. 11 Michigan. The Cardinal totaled 417.550, led by Modi’s titles on pommel horse (Tie, 14.800), parallel bars (15.050, leading top-four Stanford sweep), and all-around (87.700). He also placed second on high bar with a 14.550, third on floor with a 13.900, third on still rings with a 14.750 and fourth on vault with a 14.650. Josiah Eng captured the rings title (15.050).

No. 9 AIR FORCE closed out an East Coast road swing with a seven-point victory at Illinois-Chicago (Mar. 12), 378.800-371.700. Four different Falcons earned event titles, as Ryan Girouard (floor exercise, 13.300), Fletcher Braunton (pommel horse, 13.700), Christian Kalustian (vault, 14.150) and Tim Wang (high bar, 13.400) recorded first-place marks..Air Force recorded a 396.300 (Mar. 10) to finish second behind No. 11 Navy (404.100) and ahead of No. 14 William and Mary (396.250). Tim Wang matched his Academy record score of 14.900 to win the vault by more than one-half point, while also earning first-place on the still rings (14.500) and pommel horse (14.300). Jonathan Fornoff scored a 14.500 to win the parallel bars and Chase Cannon rounded out the Falcon winners with a first-place high bar (14.250).

No. 12 CALIFORNIA won a dual at No. 19 Washington, 397.000-387.100. The Bears won four events. Aaron Mah took the all-around title for the third time this year. Cal's leading performance came on vault with a team total of 69.100, as Nathaniel Ramil and Michael Rauchwerger took part in a three-way victory (14.000). Rauchwerger also posted the floor title with a 14.400 to help Cal take the event with a 68.700 total.