Saturday will be a busy day of men’s gymnastics, with 19 of the 21 programs in action. Top-ranked Stanford will aim for another huge score to exclaim that it’s the team that will be able to unseed Oklahoma while most of the Big Ten will battle it out in Chicago at the annual Windy City Invite. Penn State heads to Army for the second weekend in a row to try and continue its hot start to the season, and fellow armed forces school Navy is hosting an intriguing quad meet. Last but not least, Arizona State’s Maroon Team is making its season debut when it travels north to take on SC United.
As always, you’ll find everything you need to follow along with all the meets happening this weekend, including previews of the top matchups and every scoring and video link you could ever need.
Windy City Invite With No. 4 Illinois, No. 6 Minnesota, No. 14 Washington, Iowa and Michigan at No. 16 UIC
When You Need to Tell Your Friends You’re Busy: Saturday, January 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Why You Should Cancel Plans For It: The Windy City invite is known as one of the most exciting and competitive meets of the season, and this year’s edition should be no exception. Illinois and Minnesota, separated by only 0.650 in the rankings, will battle for the team title while Michigan and Iowa try and spoil the party in their season debuts. Host UIC will look to impress in what may be its final Windy City Invite while trying to surpass Washington, who opened its season at home two weeks ago. Current and former national team members Cameron Bock of Michigan and Shane Wiskus of Minnesota should provide an excellent all around race, and event specialists like Alex Diab of Illinois and Jacob Moore of Michigan will put on a show for event titles.
Routines to Avoid Going to the Bathroom During: Cameron Bock (Michigan) on parallel bars, Kaleb Booth (UIC) on vault, Alex Diab (Illinois) on rings, Bennett Huang (Iowa) on floor, Vitali Kan (Minnesota) on vault, Jacob Moore (Michigan) on floor, Michael Paradise (Illinois) on pommel horse, Nathan Tsuji (Washington) on parallel bars, Shane Wiskus (Minnesota) on pommel horse
What Else You Should Know Before Tuning In: In 2018, the UIC athletics department announced it would be cutting the men’s and women’s gymnastics programs. Unfortunately, this means that the 2019 season may be the final one for the programs. But that has not stopped the gymternet from trying to save them. Learn more about what you can do, and sign the petition to help the future of UIC gymnastics.
No. 11 Arizona State-Gold Team and No. 12 Air Force at No. 2 Oklahoma
When You Need to Tell Your Friends You’re Busy: Saturday, January 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Why You Should Cancel Plans For It: This meet is just as much about Oklahoma needing a big score to try and reclaim the No. 1 ranking as it is Air Force and Arizona State jousting for second. Arizona State got the best of Air Force last weekend with the return of Kiwan Watts, but the threat of repeating the performance from week two makes Air Force a contender. Oklahoma, with superstar Yul Moldauer only competing two events last weekend, is certainly capable of increasing its team total, but head coach Mark Williams has been cautious putting Moldauer in the all around in an effort to keep him healthy for the entire season. Maybe we will get to see an all around performance from Moldauer in front of the Sooners’ home crowd.
Routines to Avoid Going to the Bathroom During: Levi Anderson (Oklahoma) on high bar, Yul Moldauer (Oklahoma) on rings, Lukas Texeira (Air Force) on high bar, Jonah Urlaub (Air Force) on vault, Kiwan Watts (Arizona State) on parallel bars, Jordan Williams (Arizona State) on pommel horse
What Else You Should Know Before Tuning In: A member of the U.S. national team, Moldauer was recently named one of two men to compete for the U.S. at the American Cup held on March 2nd, in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Meet You Didn’t Know You Should Be Interested In
Navy Open with No. 13 William & Mary, No. 15 Springfield and No. 17 Temple at No. 8 Navy
When the Meet’s Happening: Saturday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Why You Should See the Error of Your Ways: Although it doesn’t have the high profile teams, this meet should be one of the most competitive of the weekend. Navy bested the three other teams last weekend at the West Point Open, but when it came to individual finals success, the field was relatively even. Although Temple didn’t record a competitive team score last weekend, the expected debut of two additional gymnasts at this meet should elevate the Owls’ team score that already surpassed all of their scores from the 2018 season.
Routines to Look Up on YouTube Before the Meet That Prove Our Point: Lucas Beltran (Navy) on vault, Jacopo Gliozzi (W&M) on pommel horse, Jannik Haas (Springfield) on parallel bars, Ben Provost (Navy) on floor, Taden Thurber (Temple) on floor, David Watkins (W&M) on rings
Meets You Should at Least Record and Watch Later
Stanford Open with No. 9 California and No. 19 NorCal United at No. 1 Stanford
When to Find It on the TV Guide: Saturday, January 19 at 10 p.m. ET
Why You Should Clear Space on Your DVR: This is the second of seven regular season meetings between rivals California and Stanford, with Stanford winning the first matchup last weekend in Berkeley. While Stanford won’t be challenged in the team competition, the Cardinal will look to post a big score at home to try and maintain its No. 1 ranking. California, too, will be looking to post a high score in hopes of remaining in the nation’s top 10 while NorCal United’s team of four will be aiming to steal some podium finishes from the favored NCAA programs.
Routines to Check Out If You Can’t Rewatch Everything: Grant Breckenridge (Stanford) on parallel bars, Ian Gunther (Stanford) on rings, Connor Lewis (Stanford) on floor, Aaron Mah (California) on high bar, Will Ryan (NorCal) on pommel horse and vault, Darren Wong (California) on vault
No. 3 Penn State at No. 10 Army
When to Find It on the TV Guide: Saturday, January 19 at 12 p.m. ET
Why You Should Clear Space on Your DVR: Army and Penn State surprised everyone last weekend with their performances and are both ranked five spots higher than their preseason rankings. Penn State should win easily and will try to outpace the scores from the other Big Ten teams competing in Chicago later Saturday night while junior Sam Zakutney aims to maintain his top rank in the all around. Army was overtaken in the last rotation by conference rival Navy at home last weekend, so the Black Nights, led by senior Cole Casanova, will hope to bounce back from that performance.
Links and Things
These aren’t the only meets happening this weekend. To see all the matchups all in one place, take a look at our master schedule. You can also find live scoring and video links for all this weekend’s competitions below.
|Date||Time (ET)||Teams||Scoring Link||Video Link|
|Sat, Jan 19||12 p.m.||Penn State at Army||Scores||Stream|
|Sat, Jan 19||2 p.m.||Springfield, Temple, William & Mary at Navy||Scores|
|Sat, Jan 19||8 p.m.||Air Force and Arizona State-Gold Team at Oklahoma||Scores||Fox Sports Oklahoma|
|Sat, Jan 19||8:30 p.m.||Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Washington at UIC||Scores||ESPN3|
|Sat, Jan 19||10 p.m.||California and NorCal United at Stanford||Scores||PAC12 Live|
|Sat, Jan 19||TBD||Arizona State-Maroon Team at SC United||Scores|
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Article by Brandis Heffner
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