NORMAN – Junior Yul Moldauer claimed the gymnastics national championship Saturday night, one of five top-10 all-around finishes for the Oklahoma men’s gymnastics program at the P&G Championships in Anaheim, Calif.
Recent grads Allan Bower and Colin Van Wicklen posted second- and sixth-place finishes in the all-around, while fellow OU alumnus Kanji Oyama finished seventh. The trio will join Moldauer on the U.S. Senior National Team. Former Sooner Alex Powarzynski rounded out the top 10, while Alex Naddour, another OU alum, claimed an individual event title on pommel horse.
“Fantastic competition for the Sooners,” OU head coach Mark Williams said. “Yul and Allan going one-two in the all-around with Colin sixth is pretty impressive, even to me. I’m very happy with our preparation and the results.”
Leading the field after the first day of the championships, Moldauer carried that momentum into the final round as he posted a combined score of 171.600 to claim the title. His best event came on the floor exercise, where the junior shared the event national championship with a score of 29.500. He also tallied the second-best score of the night on the parallel bars (29.150) to help seal the win in the all-around.
The Arvada, Colo., native became the first new champion in the all-around since 2012 after two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak claimed the crown for four consecutive years.
Bower finished on Moldauer’s heels with a final two-day mark of 170.600. Bower continued his success on the pommel horse and on the vault, finishing third and fourth overall, respectively.
Van Wicklen totaled a 166.250, with a second-place finish on the horizontal bar and a third-place showing on the floor. Oyama came in right behind Van Wicklen with a score of 166.200 and tallied top-10 finishes on the vault and on the parallel bars. Powarzynski, a 2017 graduate, finished third on the vault with a combined score of 29.050 and seventh on the parallel bars with a mark of 28.150.
Sooner sophomore Matt Wenske finished 14th in the all-around, coming in fifth on the floor exercise and seventh on the vault.
A 2016 Olympian, Naddour scored a combined 30.550 on the pommel horse for the event crown. Former Sooner Michael Reid also represented OU on the pommel horse and finished ninth with a score of 27.850.
Final results from this weekend’s competition will help USA Gymnastics decide the six-person squad the U.S. will bring to the world championships in October in Montreal. The organization said it would name the world championships team within 24 hours following Saturday’s finals.