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Sooners Dominate Top 10 Matchup

NORMAN —  The No. 1 ranked Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team claimed its 105th straight victory Saturday night, topping No. 8 Ohio State inside McCasland Field House. The Sooners bested the Buckeyes by a team score of 423.950-395.400. Sooner gymnasts claimed five of six individual event titles. Senior Levi Anderson took the all-around crown, registering an 83.150. 

“It’s a good day when we get Yul (Moldauer) back doing more than just one event,” said OU head coach Mark Williams. “I felt like we may not have had the same energy that we competed with last weekend, but we had more of a workman-like competition. 

“We got our job done and made some improvements, didn’t give away too much and got a little better. We were pretty upbeat all the way around.” 

The Sooners were dominant for the second-straight week across numerous events, claiming the top team score on every apparatus. OU started the evening strong on floor exercise, registering a season-best 72.250. Anchoring the rotation, sophomore Gage Dyer put up a career-best 14.900 to claim the event title. Freshman Vitaliy Guimaraes turned in a 14.750, marking a new career high for the second consecutive meet. 

OU scored 68.450 in the second rotation on pommel horse to notch another team title, led by Yul Moldauer’s season-best 14.200. Ohio State senior Alec Yoder claimed the individual title on horse, topping Moldauer with a 14.750. The event marked the only individual event title the Sooners didn’t win on the evening. 

In the third rotation, Oklahoma posted a 70.650 on still rings, the only event tally that was not a 2019 season best for the Sooners. Captain Yul Moldauer was strong on yet another event, notching his first event title of the evening with a 14.650. Senior rings specialist Jake Maloley helped the Sooners with a career-best 14.250. 

“Tonight felt great, I love competing in the Field House. It’s always exciting.”
– Yul Moldauer

On arguably the Sooners best event, the team turned in a 73.200 on vault. The tally is an NCAA season-best, topping their own mark of 73.000 last weekend. Junior Tanner Justus won his first event title of the season, scoring a season-best 14.800. Five of OU’s six scores on vault topped 14.000.  

The fifth rotation on parallel bars saw OU win another team title, recording a 69.550. Competing on parallel bars for the first time this season, Moldauer stuck his routine to record a solid 15.000 to win his second event crown of the night. 

“Tonight felt great, I love competing in the Field House,” said Moldauer on his night. “It’s always exciting and so many people come to support us. Getting to put a show on for the people is really special, just amazing. I was really happy to be able to compete on four events.”

Oklahoma closed the meet out with a bang, winning another event title on high bar by a tally of 69.850-62.100. Senior captain Levi Anderson capped his all-around title with a season-best 14.700. Competing on horizontal bar for the first time in his OU career, sophomore Alexei Vernyi helped the Sooners record their top score on the event of the season, scoring a 14.000.

Anderson won his first all-around title of the season with his 83.150 tally, narrowly topping teammate Tanner Justus’ 82.250. Ohio State sophomore Max Andryushchenko scored 76.900 to place third in the all-around competiton


OU hits the road for the second time this season Saturday, Feb. 2, when the Sooners face two top-ten squads in Nebraska and Illinois in Lincoln, Neb.

Season and single meet tickets for all regular-season home meets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the University of Oklahoma Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-GoOU. Tickets can also be ordered online by visiting SoonerSports.com/tickets.

For updates and more information on Oklahoma men’s gymnastics, follow the Sooners on Twitter and Instagram (@OU_MGymnastics) and like Oklahoma Men’s Gymnastics on Facebook.



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