Air Force Downs Navy, 407.350-382.900
March 17, 2017

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USAF ACADEMY, Colo. – ninth-ranked Air Force men’s gymnastics team matched its second-highest team score of the year, as it closed out the home portion of the 2017 campaign this evening (March 17) with a 407.350-382.900 victory over service academy rival and 11th-ranked Navy. The Falcons collected five first-place finishes, as they finished the season with a 5-2 record at the Academy.

Senior Tim Wang paced the Falcons with three first-place scores, while classmate Chase Cannon and junior Jonathon Fornoff each earned one. The quartet led Air Force to 20 top-five finishes.

Wang, who totaled an 83.100 as the lone all-arounder, paced Air Force to four of the top-five scores on the pommel horse (14.350) and still rings (14.500), as well as three of the top-five marks on the floor exercise (14.050). The senior, competing in his final meet at Cadet West Gym, also earned runner-up honors on the parallel bars (career-best 14.250) and a fifth-place score on the high bar (13.000).

Junior Fletcher Braunton and sophomore Jonah Urlaub joined Wang in the top four of both the pommel horse and still rings. Braunton finished second on the rings (13.850) and third on the pommel horse (13.250), while Urlaub registered fourth-place marks on both (13.600 on still rings, 13.000 on pommel horse). A runner-up score of 13.350 from Cannon completed the Falcons’ top-four sweep on the pommel horse, while senior Aaron Nubine scored a 13.700 to round out the sweep on the still rings. Sophomore Christian Kalustian matched his career-high of 13.950 to finish second to Wang on the floor exercise, while classmate Ryan Girouard scored a 13.450 to finish fifth.

Fornoff registered a 14.300 to win the parallel bars, while Cannon scored a 14.200 to win the high bar and lead Air Force to the top-three spots on that event. Sophomore Lukas Texeira and Kalustian completed the Falcons’ podium sweep of the high bar, as the pair finished second (career-best 13.850) and third (13.200), respectively

Kalustian was also the Falcons’ top scorer on the vault, as he matched his career high of 14.200 to finish second. Sophomore Eric Klein tied for third with a 14.100, while Cannon equaled his personal-best of 14.000 to finish fourth.

The Falcons begin the championship portion of the season next weekend, when they travel to Edmonds, Wash., for the 2017 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships. Air Force, which has won the last seven USAG team titles, will begin its defense on Friday, March 24, at Everett Community College.

 

 

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