Air Force Wins Eighth Straight USAG Title

Tim Wang, Air Force
March 28, 2017

MPSF Men's Gym Release 11

No. 10 AIR FORCE continued its run of USAG team titles, winning their eighth consecutive dating back to 2010, with a team total of 396.950 to beat out William and Mary (388.400), Navy (379.700), and Springfield (373.850) in Everett, WA (Mar. 24-25). Tim Wang won his second straight USAG all-around title (82.900). He earned first-place marks on the pommel horse (14.200), still rings (13.800) and vault (14.700), while adding second-place scores on the parallel bars (13.900) and high bar (13.300). He is just the second Falcon to win multiple USAG titles in the all-around. Chase Cannon earned first-place on high bar (13.900), leading a top-four Academy finish in the event. Wang qualified for the event finals in five events, where he earned his third straight USAG title on the pommel horse, becoming the first Air Force Gymnast to ever win three straight titles in the same event. He scored a 14.100 to win the event by a half point. He also earned USAG All-America honors on four other events, finishing second on the still rings (13.850) and vault (14.450), while taking third on the parallel bars (13.750) and high bar (13.050).

No. 2 STANFORD closes its regular season by hosting rival California Saturday (Apr. 1). Akash Modi led a tri-meet win in Ann Arbor, MI over No. 3 Illinois and the host No. 11 Michigan (Mar. 11). 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. 12 CALIFORNIA closes its regular season at rival Stanford Saturday (Apr. 1), before hosting the MPSF Championship the following Saturday (Apr. 8, 2 pm). Cal won a dual at No. 19 Washington, 397.000-387.100 (Mar. 11). 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.

No. 1 OKLAHOMA tallied 433.700 against No. 4 Illinois (Mar. 18), the third best total in the country this year, and capped a third straight unbeaten regular season. The top-ranked Sooners have won 63 straight meets dating back to 2014. Colin Van Wicklen won floor with a mark of 14.900, before taking the high bar title (14.450) by sticking his final career dismount in front of the home crowd at McCasland Field House. He also competed on vault and hit a big 14.950. Genki Suzuki claimed pommel horse (14.700), Thao Hoang won rings (15.050), Peter Daggett won parallel bars (15.100) and Matt Wenske won vault (15.050). OU hit a score of 70 or better on all six team events for the third straight meet, also reaching that mark in 22 straight rotations.