Feb. 28, 2014
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The ninth-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team claimed a share of all six event titles en route to a 423.800-400.500 victory over 17th-ranked Illinois-Chicago on Friday, Feb. 28, at the Academy's Cadet Center Gym. Freshman Tim Wang claimed four event titles, while seniors Tyler Huebner and Ben Zaiser rounded out the Falcons' sweep of first-place finishes.
Wang won the floor exercise (14.750), pommel horse (15.100), parallel bars (14.600) and high bar (14.300), matching his career best and own Academy-record on the pommel horse. Winning the all-around with a career-best matching score of 87.200, Wang rounded out the competition with a third-place finish on the vault (14.500) and seventh-place score of 13.950 on the still rings.
Huebner scored a 14.700 to win the still rings title, while Zaiser tied for first on the vault with a score of 14.550.
Wang's 14.600 on the parallel bars paced Air Force to a sweep of the top five scores. Junior Nick Gaudlip finished second with a 14.400, while classmate Josh Ramos finished third with a 14.200. Senior Mac Ritchie (14.100) and junior Skyler Awisus (14.000) rounded out the top five on that event.
Air Force also earned a sweep of the top four spots on the pommel horse. Senior Nick Owen scored a 14.700 to finish second to Wang, while Ramos and freshman Chase Cannon finished third (14.300) and fourth (13.950), respectively.
The Falcons claimed four of the top-five scores on the floor and rings behind the combined wins of Wang and Huebner. Sophomore Denis Aurelius tied for second on the floor with a score of 14.450, while Ramos and Zaiser finished fourth (14.350) and fifth (14.300), respectively. Junior Gared Chapman scored a 14.450 to finish second on the rings, while Aurelius and junior Jon Spiro tied for third with matching scores of 14.250.
Gaudlip placed second on the high bar with a score of 14.050, while Ritchie tied for third with a score of 13.750. Aurelius added a placement within the top half of the field on the vault, as he took fifth with a score of 14.100.
Tonight marked the first meet of the 2014 season where teams were only allowed to send five gymnasts up per event - with all scores counting toward the team score - as opposed to the previous system of sending six gymnasts up and counting the top five marks.
Air Force and UIC return to action on Sunday, March 2, as the two teams face off for a 1 p.m., matchup.