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#NCAAMGym Week 10 Recap Oklahoma, Minnesota Post Top Scores

For the first time in quite a few weeks, pretty much everything went according to plan. The only real outlier of the week may have been the impressive showing from Minnesota at home. After a couple weeks of resting competitors and slightly subpar performances, the Gophers shot back into the 410's. This past weekend also marked the end of the regular season for a few teams (Illinois, Army, Navy, Springfield and William & Mary).

Standings following WK10:

(graphic via @RoadToNationals)

OU Gets Second Road Win Of Season Against Illinois

Oklahoma at NCAA's in 2017 (photo: Jess Frankl)

Despite it not being the best day by OU standards, Oklahoma was still able to go into Champaign and get a victory over Illinois by a score of 412.3-399.7.

"We had to be reminded how to compete on the road again. It's a little different," Mark Williams said to SoonerSports.com. "There are some challenges to deal with. Some of those make us stronger; I think this team understands that. Overall it was a good competition. We still have one more away meet to get some practice at it."

As Williams noted, this was the first away-from-home competition for the Sooners in a while -- since January 27th, to be exact. One guy who doesn't care what zip code he's doing gymnastics in is Yul Moldauer (NCAA Gymnast of the Week) The junior competed three events on Saturday and dominated all of them. He won PH, SR & PB; all by at least three tenths.

Moldauer (graphic via @OU_MGymnastics on Twitter)

Other notables for OU included freshman Alexei Vernyi winning FX and Tanner Justus taking VT.

Illinois went into this day feeling good. Fresh off a home win against Air Force & UIC the Illini had been getting their ducks in a line health-wise. Unfortunately, their star Bobby Baker went down in warm-ups with an ankle injury. Baker had been etched into the all-around spot but was scratched from the lineup. The MRI came back clean but with a bad sprain it's tough to imagine Illinois getting him back into FX & VT before the season ends.

Bobby Baker (photo: Jess Frankl)

"Everybody was a little disoriented after Bobby went down," Justin Spring told FightingIllini.com. "I was kind of hoping that our team would step up and sort of rise to the occasion, but that was a little unfair to expect because we competed how we have been competing and training in practice."

For the Illini, everything was going somewhat smooth until the final rotation. Also missing Tyson Bull (concussion), Illinois suffered multiple falls on high bar en route to a season-low 61.7. The lone bright spot on the event was a 14.45 from Chandler Eggleston, which was good enough to win the meet.

Chandler Eggleston (photo via @IlliniMGym on Twitter)

One of the front-runners for a B1G title, Illinois will be working against the clock to get Baker healthy enough to do a couple of events in the postseason. For highlights of Illinois' day, click here.

Gophers Beat Cal, Post Second-Best Score of The Weekend

Shane Wiskus earned B1G Freshman of the Week (photo: Jess Frankl)

Not to say there weren't other significant contributors, but it was a three-man show for Minnesota (411.15) on Sunday in their victory over Cal-Berkeley (388.55). Shane Wiskus (B1G Freshman of the Week/NCAA Gymnast of the Week), Yaroslav Pochinka (B1G Gymnast of the Week) and Justin Karstadt accounted for six combined titles.

(graphics via @GopherMGym on Twitter)

Pochinka won both of his events (SR & VT -- the latter of which he tied teammate Shaun Herzog), Wiskus won HB & all-around (season-high 83.05) and Karstadt won PH & PB. Other than that, it was an average day for those three.

Last, but not least, seniors Alex Wittenberg & Joel Gagnon shared the FX title. "It felt great to take home a title the last time we'll be at the Pav," Wittenberg told GopherSports.com. "It was a lot nicer to be able to share it with Joel. Being able to share it with your teammate while you're both seniors is really special, especially because we've both been captains for the last two years."

Aaron Mah (FX) & Yordan Aleksandrov (SR, PB, HB & AA) accounted for all five top-three finishes for Cal. The last four meets for Cal have been a roller-coaster ride and they'll look to find some consistency with their last regular season meet coming up at home this weekend.

Nebraska Keeps Winning, Defeats Penn State

Anton Stephenson (photo via the Lincoln Journal Star)

In classic Nebraska fashion, the Cornhuskers (404.5) were able to take down Penn State (401.55) thanks to some big scores on floor (70.95) and vault (71.0).

Leading the way on both of those events was Anton Stephenson who (can you guess what’s coming next?) stuck his vault. He, along with three other Huskers, made up the top-four on FX along with five of the top-six on VT.

Those weren’t the only productive events for the junior. He also finished second on PB and fifth on PH. Him being healthier is a huge help to Nebraska, Saturday marked the second-straight meet where Stephenson has competed five events.

The Huskers other event winner was Jake Bonnay on high bar.

(graphic via @NebraskaMensGym on Twitter)

Despite having one of their best ring rotations (69.3) of the year, Penn State didn't have enough to get by Nebraska on Senior Day. The deciding factor in this meet was ultimately FX & VT, as I mentioned before. On those two events combined, the Nittany Lions trailed Nebraska by 7.35.

PSU did, however, get their fair share of individual event winners: Stephen Nedoroscik (PH), Noah Roberson (SR) and Sam Zakutney (HB).

Michigan Earns Tri-Meet Victory In Annapolis

Alec Krystek took home the title on high bar (photo: Jess Frankl)

With four different Wolverine gymnasts making their season debuts, Michigan (403.55) was able to defeat both Navy (399.15) and William & Mary (388.1) on Saturday.

Three of those four gymnasts earned top-four finishes on the day: Socrates Gavallas (PB), James Read (SR) & Anthony Tawfik (HB). The most notable of those is probably the freshman, Tawfik. Not just because he was a big part of the No. 1 ranked recruiting class, but because he produced a nice score on an event that Michigan has struggled on. Ranked No. 11 nationally as a team, Tawfik could be a big help.

Titles for the Wolverines went to Jacob Moore (FX), Dmitri Belanovski (SR & PB), Emyre Cole (VT) and Alec Krystek (HB).

Dmitri Belanovski won a pair of titles (photo via The Michigan Daily)

Though they didn’t come out with a win, Navy did a good job of hanging with Michigan. The Mids ended the day as winners on pommel horse (64.0) with freshman David Toussaint (ECAC Rookie of the Week) winning yet another title; this time with a 13.8. Toussaint has been incredibly consistent on PH this season: he has competed eleven routines, all of which have scored between a 13.1 and 13.95.

Senior captain Noah Beeman continued his strong season; he put together a five-event average of 13.17. His teammate, Tanner West, earned ECAC Specialist of the Week honors with a pair of top-four finishes on SR & VT.

Noah Beeman (photo via NavySports.com)

"Our guys put together a great performance for Senior Day,” head coach Kip Simons said to NavySports.com. "That is a true testament for the respect that they have for our three seniors. The team brought the fight from start to finish. Today’s performance was a glimpse of what we’re capable of heading into the postseason."

Navy heads into USAG Nationals on a high note.

Taking a ten-point step back from their impressive Senior Day performance, William & Mary ran into struggles on FX (64.4) & PB (62.3). The Tribe did have the day’s lone all-arounder as Jack Hasenkopf accumulated a 74.8. That’s his third-best AA score on seven tries in 2018.

Aside from Hasenkopf, W&M got top-two finishes from Tomas Palma (FX) & Jacopo Gliozzi (PH).

Army Beats Springfield For Third Time in 2018

Nick McAfee (photo via Army West Point Athletics)

For the third time in as many attempts this season, Army (393.3) bested Springfield (387.0). This meet marked the end of the regular season for both teams. This also marks the third-straight week that the Black Knights have improved their team score.

Winners of four events, Army had their best showing of the year on FX, VT & HB. This is a different team with Cole Casanova competing the way he has since returning to the all-around. He fell a half-tenth short of winning on Sunday as Springfield's Stephen Lewis edged him with an 80.1.

Cole Casanova (photo via Army West Point Athletics)

The junior won PH and catapulted himself into the top-10 in the NCAA all-around rankings.

Probably the second-most important gymnast for Army, Nathan Goff, won a pair of titles; one with a 14.45 on FX and the other a 14.05 on HB. The other Black Knight who won an event was Nick McAfee on PB.

The storyline was pretty similar for Springfield. A third week in a row with an improved team score, solid all-around performance and a handful of individual winners.

As mentioned earlier, Stephen Lewis (ECAC Gymnast of the Week) was fantastic for the Pride. It was the second 80+ score for the sophomore this year. The two other winners were Joshua Dieker on SR and John Rowbotham on VT.

(graphic via @SC_Pride on Twitter)

Both teams will have a week off before competing at USAG Nationals on March 30th.

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Unless otherwise noted, photos were taken by Jess Frankl

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