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Air Force Men’s Gymnastics Posts Record Team Score

Posted on 03 March 2014 by admin

The surprising Air Force Falcons scorched their home gym for 439.70 points in their Sunday afternoon victory over UIC (407.65), nearly becoming the sixth team to join the 440 Club.  Former long-time Junior National Team member Timmy Wang set another career high/Academy record in the AA (88.40).  Wang, a prime recruit, has really sparked his team this season.  Perhaps another thing has also lit the fuse, such as the persistent rumors the program was facing a possible shutdown.  However, a new development about the program’s fate was revealed this weekend.  An upcoming announcement containing good news may shed some light on at least the short-term status of the men’s team.

** Update **  No sports program will be dropped at Air Force Academy!

The Falcons obliterated their school record on HB (74.35), and established the nation’s third-highest score on that event this season.  Freshman Wang and Skyler Awisus tied for meet honors (14.95).  Air Force’s lowest score on HB was an astounding 14.85, which was shared by Nick Gaudlip, Mac Ritchie and freshman Chase Cannon.  Wang also earned titles on FX (14.95, tied with Dennis Aurelius), PH (15.00) and VT (14.85).  Tyler Huebner took the SR title with a 15.40, while Ritchie captured the top prize on PB (14.90).  Top scorers for UIC were Jason Gaides (VT-T2nd-14.75, AA-83.60) and Brett Valin (VT-T2nd-14.75), Lukasz Adamczyk (PH-3rd-14.60), Trent Jarrett (SR-4th-14.30) and Joseph Hodges (AA-3rd-80.65).  The two teams also had a Friday meet, which was also won by Air Force (423.80-400.50).

 Stanford (443.65) again cracked the 440 mark in their big win over Cal (429.2 0). The meet, hosted by Stanford, was an international affair with teams representing Japan, Finland, Canada and Norway.  The Japanese Collegiate All-Star Team (447.50) edged out the Cardinal to win the contest.  Freshman Akash Modi, fresh off earning a Senior National Team spot last weekend, shattered his career high in the AA (91.35), averaging 15.225 on each event.  His 15.80 on PB was the highest score of the night, nearly matching his career high (15.85).  His lowest score was a 14.90 on HB.  High-scoring performances were also turned in by Dennis Zaremski (SR-15.80), Sean Senters (VT-15.25), Taylor Seaton (15.10), Brian Knott (PB-15.05, HB-14.95), Chris Turner (PH-15.40) and Cale Robinson (FX-15.00).  Kevin Wolting led Cal by establishing a new career high in the AA (87.00), highlighted by his big routine on FX (15.15).  Kyle Zemeir posted a pair of 15s on SR and PB, and Jeff Langenstein had a big night on three events (FX-15.20, SR-15.10, VT-14.90).  All-arounder Donothan Bailey took a breather this weekend, competing only on two events (PH-14.35, PB-15.15).  Stanford will host a great meet next weekend featuring Cal, Ohio State and Arizona State.     

Penn State (440.20) became the fifth team this season to join the 440 Club in their home dual meet win over Minnesota (431.50).  The Nittany Lions swept every team event title in the process, led by Trevor Howard’s two wins on SR (15.75) and PB (15.20).  Other event winners were Alexis Torres with a blistering 15.65 on FX and Craig Hernandez on PH (14.90).  Matt Felleman had his highest scoring meet of the season with 15-plus scores on FX (15.15), VT (15.20) and HB (15.10).  Torres also contributed a hefty 15.40 on SR, and Nestor Rodriguez came up big on VT (15.10) and HB (15.05).  Freshman Leroy Clarke competed on four events, highlighted by his 15.05 on HB.  Minnesota had a rough go of it after a string of five straight victories, but still got event wins from Zack Chase on VT (15.30) and Steve Jaciuk on HB (15.15).  Other highlights were recorded by Matt Frey on PB (15.00), Paul Montague on PH (14.70) and a pair of great FX routines by Justin Morinishi (15.15) and freshman Zach Liebler (15.00).  The Gophers will head back home for their final home meet next weekend, hosting Iowa and Brockport.  Meanwhile, Penn State will enjoy their spring break in Puerto Rico competing against Michigan and the Puerto Rican National Team.

Michigan had quite the successful day, starting off with Sam Mikulak’s convincing win at the American Cup.  Mikulak scored 90.098 and had a meet-high  15.66 on FX and was runner-up on VT (15.06).  USA teammate John Orozco finished in 5th place (88.06).  Mikulak could have hopped on a plane to Columbus to compete on a couple of events at the Arnold Invitational, but the Wolverines didn’t need him that day.  Syque Caesar led Michigan (437.50) to victory over Iowa (431.60), Ohio State (429.50), Nebraska (424.75) and Arizona State (401.05).  Caesar captured event titles on PB (15.55) and HB (15.80), while Stacey Ervin won on FX (15.80) with a season high score.  Dylan James won his first event title on PH (15.15) and freshman Tristian Perez-Rivera won the VT title (15.10).  Iowa posted the nation’s 3rd highest team score on SR (75.35) to surge to an impressive 2nd place finish.  Matt McGrath had a 15.12 average on three events, including the top score on SR (15.40) to lead the Hawkeyes.  Matt Loochtan (FX-14.90, SR-15.30), Andrew Botto (SR-15.00) and Jack Boyle (AA-85.10) also played big roles in Iowa’s effort.  Going with a younger lineup and giving some of the top scorers a little rest, Ohio State dropped to their second-lowest scoring output of the season.  Alex Johnson (FX-15.20, SR-14.60, HB-15.45) was the top scorer for the Buckeyes.  Sean Melton (competing only on PH – 15.05), Drew Moling (SR-15.00) and Larry Mayer (VT-15.00) pitched in with some nice scores.  Ohio State had four 15-plus HB routines, led by Johnson.  Alex Nork (15.35), Misha Koudinov (15.15) and freshman Andrew Rickly (15.05) torched the bar for a great team effort.  Grant Perdue (15.25) and freshman Travis Gollott (15.15) led Nebraska to the team event title on FX (73.95).  Lee Wilkerson scored 80.85 in the AA to lead Arizona State.  The Sun Devils placed 3rd as a team on FX (70.55).

All-American Landon Funiciello posted the nation’s 2nd-highest SR score (16.40 – school record) in William & Mary’s (425.40) win over Navy (413.65).  Daniel Potemski also got into the record breaking act with his new school standard of 85.85 in the AA.  The Tribe won solo titles on five events, led by All-American Neal Courter (FX-14.90, VT-14.70, HB-14.70) and Jason Wang (PH-14.55).  Mitch Larios won the lone event title for Navy (PB-14.40) and Chris Junghans posted another fine AA score (84.00).

In another weekend doubleheader, Army (423.75) defeated Temple (408.80) on Friday night, and was victorious over Springfield (419.50-400.30) on Sunday.  Jesse Glenn had another great AA performance (87.70) for the Black Knights against Temple, including event titles on PH (14.60) and HB (15.00).  While Glenn rested on Sunday, teammate Kip Webber kept it going and ended up with a great two-day outing.  Webber won titles on SR (15.05) and VT (15.15) on Friday, while winning three more on Sunday (FX-15.25, SR-15.10, VT-15.45).  Sam Kusnitz added a FX title (15.05) in the Friday meet.  Jakob Welsh (AA-81.95) and Jon Rydzefski (AA-80.95) were the top scorers for Temple.  Jon Zirna led Springfield with a 78.55 effort in the AA.

Over on the Club side, an Elite Regional Team competition took place on Sunday at the OTC.  Strangely, this meet was never promoted.  All nine regions sent All-Star teams to Colorado Springs for a great competition.  People I spoke to that attended said it was a great meet, featuring top club gymnasts from all over.  Several Junior National Team members took part, as there is a National Team camp that starts on Monday.  It’s too bad this meet didn’t get any publicity, as it was definitely one of the highlights of the club season.

Top AA Scores:

Level 10 (15-16)

  1. Alec Yoder – 87.50
  2. Tristan Burke – 86.95
  3. Anton Stephenson – 86.00

Level 10 (17-18)

  1. Yul Moldauer – 86.85
  2. Grant Breckenridge – 85.95
  3. Tristan Duran – 85.45

Top Event Scores:

FX – Emyre Cole – 15.30   Jacob Barrus – 15.30

PH – Andrew Brower – 14.50   Austin Hodges – 14.95

SR – Fabian DeLuna – 15.95   Marvin Kimble – 16.10

VT – Anton Stephenson – 15.55   Yul Moldauer – 15.60

PB – Fabian DeLuna – 15.95   Marvin Kimble – 16.10

HB – Alec Yoder – 14.90   Robert Neff – 14.80

Regional Team Results (Combined):

  1. Region 3
  2. Region 5
  3. Region 9 


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