LINCOLN, Neb. — The No. 1 ranked Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team extended its win streak to 107 straight victories Saturday night, topping No. 4 Illinois and No. 7 Nebraska inside the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb. The Sooners bested the Huskers and Illinois by a team score of 411.300 to 401.250 and 399.150, respectively. Sooner gymnasts claimed or won a share of four of six individual titles and OU won five of six events as a team.
“It’s always a little more difficult competing on the road,” said OU head coach Mark Williams. “We had some struggles and when you have mistakes, they’re magnified when you travel. I’m happy for the guys that performed well, but I feel like we still have work to do to be the team I want us to be at the end of the season.”
The Sooners started the night on still rings, tallying a 68.550. They were led on the event by senior co-captain Yul Moldauer’s 14.300. Moldauer’s score was good for second on the event out of all teams.
OU was strong in the second rotation on floor exercise, topping the 70-point mark with a 70.800. Moldauer won his first event title of the evening, registering a season-best 14.950. Other Sooners’ Gage Dyer and Vitaliy Guimaraes contributed with strong routines of 14.450 and 14.050, respectively. Moving to pommel horse in the third rotation, Oklahoma registered a 63.800, led once again by Moldauer with a 13.800. The apparatus was the only event on the evening the Sooners did not win the team title on.
In the fourth rotation on high bar, OU notched a 66.250. The Sooners were led by senior co-captain Genki Suzuki’s 13.550. The score brought home a tie for the event title for Suzuki, his fourth individual victory on the season.
On one of the team’s strongest events, Oklahoma recorded a 71.850 on vault. Junior Tanner Justus won the individual crown with a 14.600, his second consecutive vault title of the season. All six of the Sooners’ vault scores topped 14.000, with sophomore Gage Dyer and freshman Vitaliy Guimaraes again contributing with strong respective scores of 14.400 and 14.550.
Finishing the night on parallel bars, OU tallied a season-best 69.850. Moldauer won his second event title of the meet with a 14.700 score in the anchor spot. Fellow senior Suzuki helped the Sooners finish the meet strong with a 14.350. Sophomore Alexei Vernyi, competing all-around for the first time for the Sooners, took fourth in the competition with a score of 79.950.
OU continues its road swing Saturday, Feb. 9, when the Sooners travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to take on No. 9 Iowa. The meet is slated to begin at 1 p.m. CT.