#NCAAMGym Week 5 Six teams post scores of 414+

The end of week five signifies the halfway point of the NCAA season. All teams with the exception of Washington and Temple will be off this week as individuals compete at the Winter Cup in Las Vegas, NV. Plenty of future, current and former NCAA athletes will be competing for a spot on the USA Senior National Team. A start list for the event can be found here.

All NCAA meets following Winter Cup will switch from the "six-up/five-count" format to "five-up/five-count" meaning every routine competed will count toward the team's score.

Sooners Fend off Gophers & Hawkeyes in Tri-Meet

It was closer than expected, but Oklahoma (426.95) defeated Minnesota (417.2) and Iowa (414.65) in Iowa City on Friday night. It was a very Sooner-esque meet with the exception of PH where they struggled a bit, scoring a 67.0. If there is one "weakness" to center in on moving forward for OU, it may be PH. That means for teams to even have a remote shot of beating them come NCAA's they will have to be at their best on PH.

Yul Moldauer (NCAA Gymnast of the Week/MPSF Gymnast of the Week) had a classic Yul day coming away with the all-around title after scoring an 87.6. Moldauer was also victorious on FX (14.85), SR (15.1) and PB (15.5).

Though they didn't win, the bigger story may have been the season-best performances coming from the Golden Gophers and Hawkeyes. Minnesota became the first team this year to come within ten points of the Sooners. They did so by stepping up on events like SR, VT, PB and HB where they recorded season-high team scores.

Justin Karstadt was solid for the gophers on five events

Justin Karstadt played a big role for the Gophers compiling a five-event average of 14.12 (PH, SR, VT, PB, HB). The Winter Cup break for Minnesota will be key as they're still in the process of getting key players back from injury.

Though they finished third, Iowa may have had the most impressive showing of the group. The Hawkeyes destroyed their old season high by 10.55 proving they're no slouch. "We haven't had that much fun in a while," said head coach JD Reive.

Making the performance more impressive was the fact that Iowa was competing on short rest. They had a competition on Monday night in Berkeley which allowed them just two days of practice leading up to Friday's tri-meet.

"I felt like we did a good job there [Berkeley]. they meshed really well as a group and had some success and brought that back with them and put it out there in full force on Friday" - JD Reive

Taking home titles for the Hawkeyes were Austin Hodges on PH (14.65) and Cory Paterson on HB (14.3). Some younger team members stepped up as well like freshman Andrew Herrador who scored season-bests on FX (13.75), VT (14.25) and HB (13.9).

Reive thinks there's still room for growth with landings on FX and sticking dismounts, but was otherwise very happy with his team's performance.

Something interesting to note from the meet was that all three teams scored 72.65+ on VT. There were SEVENTEEN scores of 14.15+ on the event.

Stanford claims pac-12 Invitational

Even with Akash Modi only competing two events, Stanford (422.25) was able to easily take home the first-ever Pac-12 Invitational title over Nebraska (408.8), Cal-Berkeley (404.05) and Arizona State (387.7). Robert Neff was the lone all-arounder for the Cardinal and he impressed with an 84.65.

In one of his two events, Modi put up the nation's first 15 on HB this year (15.05) to win the event. Josiah Eng's 15.2 on rings was a big talking point on the Pac-12 Network's broadcast of the meet. That score checks in as second-best in the NCAA this year behind Oklahoma's Allan Bower (15.35).

It has to be a good feeling for Stanford to know that they can score as high as 422 even without their star, Modi, doing all-around. Their week eight home meet against the Sooners can't come soon enough.

The Huskers rode great days on FX (71.45) and VT (71.1) to a second-place finish on Saturday. Their lone event title came from Anton Stephenson who competed a great yurchenko-2.5 for a 14.75.

Stephenson ranks top-30 in the NCAA on four events: FX, PH, VT and PB.

Yordan Aleksandrov (AA - 81.7) and Aaron Mah (81.5) led Cal to their second-best team performance of the year on Saturday evening. Aleksandrov was great on PB (14.55) and HB (14.8) while Mah did the majority of his damage on FX (14.7) and VT (14.5). PH continued to trouble the Golden Bears (60.9).

Arizona State did not have the meet they hoped for but still had their best performances of the year on FX (70.4) and VT (70.45). The wheels came off on HB where the Sun Devils could only manage a 59.25. Vincent Van De Motter (NCAA Club Gymnast of the Week) was the leading scorer on HB with a 13.1.

Check out the meet highlights courtesy of the Pac-12 Network here.

Buckeyes Win on Last event Against the Nittany Lions

Alec Yoder competes on the pommel horse during Saturday's meet against Penn State. Yoder won the event with a 15.3.

In the closest dual meet we've seen so far this year, Ohio State edged Penn State by just 1.4 (419.15-417.75) to take a victory back to Columbus. A huge factor in the Buckeyes' win was Sean Melton (B1G Gymnast of the Week) who now owns the top FX score in the country (15.05). He also contributed a 14.75 on SR (title), 14.7 on PB and 13.65 on HB.

Winning PH was Alec Yoder with this 15.3 performance, good enough for second in the NCAA this year. Ohio State will head into the bye week, and second half of the season, in very good shape.

It was a valiant effort by the Nittany Lions who challenged the Buckeyes till the very end. They finished the day with a season-high team score and plenty of reason to be excited for the remainder of the year. "I knew we could put pressure on Ohio State," commented head coach Randy Jepson. "They rose to the challenge and pushed them to the wire."

Jepson mentioned that his team continues to get the job done even without a tried-and-true star. He may want to rethink that with the way Sam Zakutney (B1G Freshman of the Week) has been competing. Zakutney went 83.15 in the AA highlighted by a 14.3 on HB and a title-winning 14.75 on PB. "Sam is a beautiful gymnast to watch," said Jepson. "He's always lacked a little confidence because in Canada [Zakutney hails from Ontario] they don't compete a lot. He's gotten into the mode of competing every weekend and that's really built his confidence."

Air Force takes care of Navy in All Academy Championships

Tim Wang won 5 event titles & the all-around

Army's inability to travel this weekend (due to a winter storm) left Air Force and Navy to battle it out at the All Academy Championships. The Falcons won in convincing fashion, 405.8-394.25. This was the fourth time in five meets that Air Force has scored between a 405.8-409.15, possibly signifying a comfort zone.

A Winter Cup-bound Tim Wang led the way scoring an 83.35 in the all-around and taking home five individual event titles (PH - 14.6, SR - 14.85, VT - 14.55, PB - 14.2, HB - 13.85). He continued his dominance on PH, winning the event by 1.5. Wang has yet to score below a 14.2 on the event this year. Also picking up a title for Air Force was Ryan Girouard on floor with a 14.15.

It was a rough meet for Navy as they suffered season-lows on PH, SR and HB. Regardless of the performance, the Mids are in good shape at the midway point as they still have three solid all-arounders to rely on in Jonny Tang, Tanner West and Noah Beeman.

Tribe defeats Flames at Peachtree Invitational

Jacopo Gliozzi won pommel horse with a 14.1

Season-highs on floor (67.1) and vault (69.65) paved the way for a William & Mary win over UIC, 395.05-376.85. Taking home titles for the Tribe were Jacopo Gliozzi on PH, Tim O'Neill (ECAC Rookie of the Week) on vault (14.25), Neal Courter on high bar (13.35) and Rob Meyer (ECAC Gymnast of the Week) on rings (13.8) and parallel bars (13.9).

The Tribe will still be looking for more on high bar (15th - NCAA) which could be the only thing standing in their way of a legitimate chance at qualifying as a team to NCAA's.

A good day for the Flames was overshadowed by a 56.75 on PH. Senior Alex Dumstorf secured his season-best on floor with a 14.2, good enough for a title. Chris Root (ECAC Specialist of the Week) also had a nice day with three scores of 13.15+ on SR, PB and HB.

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