Sooners Extend Streak, Climb NCAA Record Books
|VT||T. Justus (OU)||14.700|
NORMAN — The Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team extended its incredible win streak on Saturday, defeating Illinois in Champaign 412.300 – 399.700.
With its 88th consecutive victory, OU men’s gymnastics is tied with UCLA men’s basketball for the fifth-longest win streak in NCAA Division I history.
The Sooners were on fire to start the meet, posting a 69.800 on pommel horse. Moldauer sparked the lineup with a 14.700 and claimed his first event title of the day. Genki Suzuki placed second for OU with a 14.300 as Brian Schibler (13.750), Grant Kell (13.700) and Levi Anderson (13.350) helped the Sooners to a fast start on the road.
Freshmen Alexei Vernyi and Gage Dyer shined in the second rotation, posting back-to-back scores over 14.000 and leading OU to a 67.300. Vernyi took home the event title, the first of his career, with a 14.150 and Dyer followed with a 14.000. Hunter Justus (14.000) tied for second and Tanner Justus (13.00) and Anderson (12.150) rounded out the lineup.
OU continued to build its lead on vault. Tanner Justus tallied an individual season-high 14.700, leading the Sooners to a 71.700. Hunter Justus registered his fifth vault over 14.500 this season with a 14.650. Dyer (14.300), Suzuki (14.150) and Mason Menser (13.900) finished out the rotation.
At the halfway point, the Sooners held a 208.800-201.750 lead.
Moldauer continued to impress and earned another event title on still rings, scoring a 14.650. OU totaled a 68.750 as Reese Rickett (14.100), Jake Maloley (13.450), Anderson (13.300) and Collyn Kellogg competed in the fourth rotation.
On high bar, Suzuki placed first with a 14.300 and OU finished with a 68.000. Anderson (14.050), Kell (13.650), Isamu Ito (13.100) and Dyer (12.900) wrapped up the fifth rotation.
OU finished out its road victory with a 66.950 on parallel bars. Moldauer finished his day with his third event title, notching a 14.850. Dyer, who competed on four events for the second time this season, tallied a 13.600. Suzuki (13.100), Anderson (13.00) and Hunter Justus (12.400) ended the meet for the Sooners.
The Sooners continue their road trip next week as they take on Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.
Full recap coming soon.