Air Force Downs Army in Service Academy Showdown
Jan. 22, 2011
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Six different gymnasts accounted for event titles, as the 12th-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team defeated service academy rival and 14th-ranked Army, 330.000-307.500, in its first dual meet of the regular season on Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Cadet West Gym. With the win, the Falcons claimed their sixth straight win over the Black Knights.
Air Force dominated every event, including sweeps of at least the top four spots on the floor exercise, pommel horse and high bar.
In his collegiate debut, freshman Colton Wulf tallied a 14.000 to win the floor exercise and pace Air Force to the top four spots in that event. Senior Aaron Zaiser added a 13.900 to take second, while classmate Dan Klimkowski and sophomore Tory Brown finished third (13.600) and fourth (13.500), respectively.
The Falcons claimed the top five spots on the pommel horse, as sophomore James Okamoto claimed his second straight event title with a score of 13.800. Freshman Patrick Duffy placed second with a career-best 13.600, while sophomore Nick Owen improved his personal score to 13.000 to take third. Junior Jacob Houder and senior Nash Mills rounded out the Falcons' sweep with respective finishes of fourth (12.800) and fifth (12.700).
Air Force also swept the top five spots on the high bar, as freshman Mac Ritchie improved his personal score by nearly two points to win the high bar with a score of 13.700. Mills and Wulf finished second (13.500) and third (13.300), respectively, while senior Derek Kvedar upped his career-best total to 13.000 to take fourth. Brown rounded out the scoring Falcons with a fifth-place score of 12.800.
The Falcons claimed at least four of the top five spots in the remaining three events.
Junior Devin Menefee tallied a season-best score of 14.100 to win the still rings, while Mills took third with a mark of 13.800. Wulf and classmate Tyler Huebner scored matching marks of 13.700 to tie for fourth, while Ritchie and senior Dan Klimkowski tied for fifth with equal scores of 13.400. Both Huebner and Ritchie increased their scores from last week's debut.
Mills won the vault with a score of 15.400, while Zaiser tied with Army's Kip Webber for second with a score of 15.200. Brown and Wulf rounded out the top four, with respective third- (14.900) and fourth-place (14.800) finishes.
Brown and Klimkowski rounded out the Falcons' first-place finishers, as the duo earning matching marks of 13.400 to share the event title on the parallel bars. Zaiser scored a 13.000 to take third, while Ritchie tied with Army's Webber for fourth. Junior Travis Myers scored a 12.800 to finish fifth, while Mills tied for sixth (12.600) with Army's Ikaika Jakub.
Mills also won the all-around with a combined score of 81.100.
The Falcons improved their overall score by nearly three points from last week's season-opening meet.
After two weeks of home competition, Air Force heads out on the road next Sunday (Jan. 30) to face ninth-ranked Nebraska.