The Dismount: Week 10 MAG

A handful of season high scores were set this weekend while one Big Ten team has started an upset streak after a second-straight surprise performance. With those season highs and a switch in the rankings system for next week, check out this week’s results to see who will be moving up and down in the standings.

Each week, we’re dishing out a few superlatives for some of our favorite moments, looks and results from the weekend of competition. Below those, you’ll find your typical results and highlights from every men’s meet.

Routine of the Week

Jacob Moore (Michigan) – Floor

The sophomore stuck nearly every landing of his impressively difficult floor routine to match the nation’s highest score on any apparatus thus far this season.

Surprise Performance of the Week


The Hawkeyes were even more outmatched this weekend against third ranked Michigan on the road, but it didn’t prevent them from winning against a higher ranked opponent for the second weekend. Iowa’s consistency across all six events proved to be the difference as it was just able to edge the Wolverines.

The Highlights

No. 5 Illinois at No. 1 Oklahoma
Full Results Oklahoma: 425.700 Illinois: 415.700
AA: Moldauer 87.150 FX: Moldauer 15.050 PH: Paradise 14.950 SR: Diab 14.800
VT: Moldauer 15.000 PB: Moldauer 14.950 HB: Anderson 14.750

The Big Storyline: Despite posting a season high and winning two event titles, Illinois was unable to come out victorious and fell to Oklahoma as the Sooners posted a new season and NCAA high score on senior night. One of those seniors, Yul Moldauer, won three event titles and posted the nation’s second highest all around total of the year, even with a fall on high bar. Sooner senior Levi Anderson was the other Oklahoma event winner of the night with his high bar victory. The meet was close through the first three rotations thanks to the Illini’s two event winners—Michael Paradise on pommel horse and Alex Diab on rings.

Implications: Illinois will move up to fourth in next week’s rankings while Oklahoma will actually slide down to second due to a change in the rankings format that emphasizes road scores.

Records: Oklahoma bested the NCAA leading rings total this season with a 71.750.

No. 13 Air Force at No. 2 Stanford
Full Results Stanford: 415.750 Air Force: 392.500
AA: Breckenridge 81.150 FX: Perla 14.700 PH: Ringer 13.650 SR: Eng 14.900
VT: Lewis 14.700 PB: Sun 14.950 HB: Jessen 14.100

The Big Storyline: After an upset road loss last weekend, Stanford returned home to take care of business and defeat visiting Air Force by a hefty margin. The Cardinal also swept all six event titles while senior Grant Breckenridge grabbed his second all around title of the season. The Falcons’ best result came on high bar where senior Lukas Texeira placed second only half a tenth behind winner David Jessen.

Implications: Air Force will remain ranked 13th next week while Stanford will regain the top ranking in the country.

Records: Blake Sun won parallel bars with a career high score that is also the second highest mark on the event in the NCAA this season.

No. 10 Iowa at No. 3 Michigan
Full Results Iowa: 408.250 Michigan: 408.000
AA: Moore 83.100 FX: Moore 15.300 PH: Lasker 14.600 SR: Bock 14.500
VT: Huang 14.400 PB: Bock 14.300 HB: Tawfik 14.100

The Big Storyline: Iowa used a season high to offset Michigan’s all around and five event title wins to take down the Wolverines on the road and earn its second upset win in as many weeks. Michigan won four events, but Iowa’s margin of victory on pommel horse and parallel bars won the Hawkeyes their second Big Ten matchup. Sophomore Bennet Huang was they key for Iowa, notching career highs in the all around (82.400) and on floor (14.900) while grabbing the Hawkeyes’ only event title on vault.

Implications: Iowa’s score will jump them to No. 8 in next week’s rankings while Michigan will remain third.

Records: Jacob Moore’s 15.300 on floor broke the Michigan record for highest score on the event.

No. 4 Penn State, No. 9 Navy, No. 13 Air Force, No. 21 NorCal United at No. 14 Arizona State
Full Results Penn State: 402.100 Navy: 390.200 Arizona State: 384.650 Air Force: 377.250 NorCal United: 282.000
AA: Williams 80.500 FX: Pantazis 14.200 PH: Nedoroscik 14.800 SR: Clayton 14.000
VT: Beltran 14.700 PB: Zakutney 14.000 HB: Zakutney 13.850

The Big Storyline: Penn State avenged an upset loss from last weekend by heading down to Arizona and defeating four non-conference foes. The Nittany Lions also claimed five event titles, led by star Sam Zakutney’s parallel bars and high bar wins. Navy placed second behind the strength of Lucas Beltran, who placed second on floor and was the only non-Penn State gymnast to win an event with his title on vault. Freshman Jordan Williams won the all around for Arizona State and Air Force’s Lukas Texeira placed second on high bar for the second time this weekend.

Implications: In next week’s rankings, Penn State will slide to fifth and Arizona State to 15th while Navy stays the same and NorCal United rises to 20th.

Records: NorCal United’s 282.000 is the second highest score in program history.

No. 6 Minnesota and No. 8 Nebraska at No. 7 Ohio State
Full Results Minnesota: 406.300 Ohio State: 405.550 Nebraska: 402.300
AA: Wiskus 84.350 FX: Stephenson 14.600 PH: Yoder 14.700 SR: Wiskus 14.350
VT: Stephenson 15.100 PB: Yoder 14.550 HB: Wiskus 14.350

The Big Storyline: Shane Wiskus won two events on his way to taking the all around title, helping lead Minnesota to a Big Ten tri-meet win over Nebraska and Ohio State. Each school had one gymnast win two event titles, with Anton Stephenson winning floor and vault for the Huskers and Alec Yoder taking the pommel horse and parallel bars titles. The Gophers were able to overcome a pommel horse rotation with two scores under 12 by winning three events to ultimately edge the Buckeyes. Nebraska won vault and high bar to take two events while Ohio State won pommel horse.

Implications: Minnesota will remain sixth in the next edition of the rankings while Nebraska moves up to seventh and Ohio State slips to ninth.

Records: Wiskus’ winning scores on rings and high bar are also career highs for the sophomore.

No. 11 California at No. 17 Washington
Full Results California: 405.500 Washington: 393.300
AA: Wong 82.700 FX: Mah, Tsuji 14.700 PH: Wong 13.650 SR: Mah 13.800
VT: Jarrett 14.300 PB: Mah 14.000 HB: Mah 14.250

The Big Storyline: It was the Aaron Mah show for California on Sunday as he led the Golden Bears to a new season high and victory over host Washington. Mah won four event titles on the night while freshman Darren Wong grabbed a fifth for California while also winning the all around. Washington also had a stellar meet, beating its previous season high by 16.5 points and grabbing two event titles thanks to Jacob Jarrett’s win on vault and Nathan Tsuji’s share of the floor title.

Implications: Despite the strong showings by both teams, California will remain ranked 11th and Washington 17th.

Records: Wong’s all around total marks a new career high while Mah set new season bests on floor, rings and high bar.

No. 16 Springfield at No. 12 Army
Full Results Army: 395.350 Springfield: 373.300
AA: Davis 81.100 FX: Davis 14.150 PH: Casanova 13.450 SR: Davis 13.750
VT: Shaw 14.400 PB: Haas 13.800 HB: Scott 13.700

The Big Storyline: Matt Davis continued his stellar freshman campaign for Army by placing in the top three on every event and helping lead the Black Knights to a home win over Springfield. Army won five events and five event titles on the night while Davis took the all around crown. Springfield struggled in the first three rotations before finishing the meet strong. The Pride won parallel bars, led by senior Jannik Haas who won the event title.

Implications: Both teams will remain ranked the same next week.

Records: Graham Shaw and Rex Scott set new career highs en route to their event title wins for Army.

No. 15 William & Mary at No. 18 UIC
Full Results William & Mary: 381.600 UIC: 369.250
AA: Montague 74.750 FX: Fugett 13.500 PH: Schwartz 13.800 SR: Watkins 13.300
VT: Lillie 14.300 PB: Lyubovsky 13.050 HB: Allen 13.100

The Big Storyline: Despite posting its second lowest score of the season, William & Mary was easily able to defeat UIC on the road in Chicago. The Tribe won five events and five event titles, only missing out on pommel horse for both as UIC grabbed the win there largely in part to Colin Schwartz’s winning set. Cutter Fugett and David Watkins led the way for William & Mary by winning on their specialty events while UIC’s Sam Montague nabbed the all around title.

Implications: Neither team’s ranking will change in next week’s standings.

Records: Schwartz’s winning pommel horse routine set a career high for the UIC sophomore.

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Article by Brandis Heffner

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