COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The No. 1 ranked University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team opened its 2019 season with a first-place finish at the Rocky Mountain Open on the campus of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Saturday.
The Sooners posted a team score of 411.250 to extend their NCAA-best winning streak to 102-straight victories. OU outpaced second-place Nebraska (ranked No. 7) by nearly seven points. The top-ranked Sooners’ won five of six events as a team. Senior Yul Moldauer brought home the event title on still rings, notching a 14.350. Junior Matt Wenske took second in the all-around, registering a career-best 80.100.
“We started rough. I wasn’t particularly happy with pommel horse, as a team we struggled there,” said OU head coach Mark Williams. “We were able to get going again and had some pretty decent performances as we went along including a big score on vault, which is great on one of our best events.”
Oklahoma kicked off the night on pommel horse, knocking off the offseason rust with a 66.750. The Sooners were led on the event by horse specialist Brian Schibler who scored a 13.800. OU also saw a strong routine from senior co-captain Yul Moldauer, registering a 13.650.
The Sooners responded well in the second rotation on still rings. Oklahoma posted two scores of 14.000 or better to log a 68.850. Moldauer led the way with a big 14.350, a score that took home the event title. Redshirt senior Jake Maloley logged a 14.150, good to place second out of all competitors.
In the third rotation, Oklahoma moved to one of its best events, vault. Junior Matt Wenske,
“I’m happy for the team, we put up a good score and we have time to improve. We’re hoping this is just the first step to better things in the future.”
– Head Coach Mark Williams
The Sooners slowed a bit the fourth rotation on parallel bars, overcoming a few falls to register a 67.350. Senior Peter Daggett recorded a 14.050 to lead the squad on the only event they didn’t win as a team. The fifth rotation on high bar, OU tallied a 66.050, led by senior co-captain Levi Anderson. Anderson scored a 13.750, the third highest score on the event of the night.
OU rebounded with a strong final rotation on floor. The Sooners scored 69.550 on the back of a solid anchor routine by sophomore Gage Dyer. Dyer led the way for Oklahoma with a 14.400, the second-highest score on floor of the evening. Freshman Vitaliy Guimaraes led the Sooners off on the event with a strong 13.950.
“The guys closed things out well, doing a good job on the last two events,” Williams concluded. “We definitely have a lot to improve on. We’re looking forward to going home and getting settled in at McCasland Field House. I’m happy for the team, we put up a good score and we have time to improve. Hoping this is just the first step to better things in the future.”
Oklahoma opens its home slate next Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. CT when the Sooners welcome in Air Force and Arizona State to McCasland Field House. Tickets are available here.
The meet will serve as Alumni Night and also a tribute meet to former Sooner national champion Jeremy Killen, who passed in November of 2018.
Season tickets for all four 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.