The Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team etched its name into the record books Saturday night after winning another NCAA Championship. With the Sooners on top of the college gymnastics world once again, here’s a by-the-numbers breakdown of OU’s recent accomplishments.
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Senior Hunter Justus competed in every meet during his Sooner career and never suffered a single team defeat. He leaves OU as a five-time All-American and a four-time national champion.
The Sooners wrapped up their fourth consecutive national championship, becoming the third school to accomplish the feat (Illinois from 1939 to 1942 and Nebraska from 1979 to 1982). Yul Moldauer tied an NCAA record by winning four individual national titles (all-around, floor, vault, parallel bars). Jean Cronstedt (Penn State, 1954) and Robert Lynn (USC, 1962) are the only other gymnasts win four national titles in one year.
Moldauer’s seven career NCAA individual titles ties Joe Giallombardo (Illinois, 1938-40), Jim Hartung (Nebraska, 1980-82) and Sam Mikulak (Michigan, 2011-2014) for most in college gymnastics history. The junior will have a chance to pass the trio next season.
The Sooners’ latest title was the ninth of the Mark Williams’ era, tying him with Gene Wettstone of Penn State. Wettstone, who is considered a legend in the world of gymnastics, earned his ninth national championship in his 36th and final season of 1976. Williams hit the mark in just his 19th year as OU’s head coach.
In total, OU collected 11 All-America honors at the NCAA Championships. Moldauer (floor, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars, all-around), Levi Anderson (all-around, high bar), Genki Suzuki (pommel horse), Tanner Justus (vault) and Hunter Justus (vault) were named All-Americans.
The Sooners won their 12th national championship last weekend, tying Penn State for most in NCAA history. The Nittany Lions added a men’s gymnastics program in 1931, while Oklahoma’s program started in 1966.
The Sooners were in third place at the halfway point of Saturday’s final. The team headed to vault needing a couple of big scores from their lineup. All five gymnasts scored a 14.000 or above with Hunter Justus (14.766), Tanner Justus (14.800) and Moldauer (14.733) leading OU. The team totaled a 72.566 to move into first place, and it never looked back.
After winning its preliminary on Friday and the national championship on Saturday, Oklahoma capped its fourth consecutive undefeated season and extended its winning streak to 97. The run ranks fourth all-time in the NCAA among all sports and is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I sports.