Williams Signs Two for 2016

Wes Moody
By Wes Moody
Communications Assistant
NOVEMBER 10, 2015
NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma head men's gymnastics coach Mark Williams announced the signing of two of the nation's top high school gymnasts to National Letters of Intent Wednesday. Tanner Justus and Matt Wenske will both join the Sooners for the 2016-17 season.

“We are bringing in two of the best junior athletes in the country,” Williams said. “We expect both Tanner and Matt to make immediate contributions to the team next year.”

Tanner Justus

Cypress, Texas
Cypress Academy of Gymnastics

 2015 P&G Championships  1st-VT; T3rd-AA; 4th-FX, SR; T5th-PB; T8th-PH 
 2015 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships  1st-VT; 7th-SR; 8th-AA
 2014 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships  1st-VT, PB; 5th-AA, FX
 2013 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships  T2nd-FX

Justus is the younger brother of current Sooner gymnast Hunter Justus. Hailing from Cypress, Texas, Tanner is a current member of the U.S. Junior National Team. He finished first in his age group on vault at the 2013 and 2014 Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships. Justus also took first on vault at the 2015 P&G Championships and finished tied for third with Wenske in the all-around competition. Justus is the son of Craig and Fran Justus and competes at the Cypress Academy of Gymnastics in Houston under the direction of Tom Meadows.

Matt Wenske

Houston, Texas
Cypress Academy of Gymnastics 

 2015 P&G Championships  1st - PB; T3rd - AA, FX, SR; 8th HB 
 2015 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships  1st - AA, FX, PB; 2nd - SR, VT; 6th - PH
 2014 P&G Championships  T1st-FX, VT; 7th-PB; 8th-AA
 2014 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships 1st-FX; 2nd-AA, SR, VT, PB; 5th-HB; T6th-PH
 2013 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships  1st-FX, VT; 3rd-AA, PB

The Sooners’ second signee also hails from Houston and Cypress Academy. Wenske boasts a decorated junior career that includes a first place finish in his age group in the all-around competition at the 2015 Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships, as well as first place finishes in his age group on floor at the 2013 and 2014 Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships and the 2014 P&G Championships. He also finished first on parallel bars at the 2015 P&G Championships and tied Justus for third in the all-around. He is the son of Dennis and Connie Wenske.

 Both Justus and Wenske were part of the U.S. Junior National Team that took home the bronze medal last weekend at the 2015 Olympic Hopes Cup in Liberec, Czech Republic. Wenske finished seventh in the all-around with a score of 81.20 while Justus came in just behind him in eighth with a mark of 81.150. 

The Sooners’ newest duo continues a longstanding pipeline of talent from the Houston area and Cypress Academy. Current Sooners Levi Anderson, Hunter Justus, Reese Rickett and Colin Van Wicklen all trained at Cypress.

Oklahoma opens the 2015 season Jan. 16 at the Rocky Mountain Open in Colorado Springs, Colo. at 6 p.m. CT.

Get inside looks at the Sooners throughout the season by liking the OU Men’s Gymnastics Facebook page and by following the team on Twitter and Instagram using the handle @OU_MGymnastics.



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