Sixth-Ranked Air Force Heads to Top-Ranked Oklahoma

    Skyler Awisus
    Skyler Awisus

    Jan. 16, 2014

    The sixth-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team travels to top-ranked Oklahoma this weekend for a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation dual meet. The meeting, the second in as many weeks between the two programs, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, at McCasland Field House in Norman.

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    MEET INFORMATION
    The Falcons' meet with Oklahoma will be broadcast on SoonerSports TV (FS Oklahoma, Fox College Sports) and live stats will be available via SoonerSports.com. For fans attending the competition, tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth (6-18) and senior citizens (55+).

    SCOUTING THE SOONERS
    Oklahoma won its 15th consecutive Rocky Mountain Open last weekend, using a combined score of 443.150 to move into the top spot in this week's GymInfo National Rankings. The Sooners claimed five of the six individual event titles at the RMO, leading to top individual rankings on the floor exercise (Alec Robin), still rings (Michael Squires) and parallel bars (Sergey Resnick).

    A LOOK AT THE RANKINGS
    As a team, Air Force is ranked among the national top-five in three events, highlighted by a #2 ranking on the parallel bars following its Academy-record performance of 73.650 at the Rocky Mountain Open. The Falcons also hold top-five rankings on the still rings (fourth) and floor exercise (fifth). Individually, three gymnasts are listed among the nation's top 10, including Tim Wang (seventh all-around, 10th floor exercise), Gared Chapman (10th still rings) and Skyler Awisus (10th parallel bars).

    AIR FORCE TAKES THIRD AT ROCKY MOUNTAIN OPEN
    With a combined score of 423.100, the Falcons finished third at the Rocky Mountain Open, missing second by a mere six-tenths of a point. Oklahoma won its 15th consecutive team title with a score of 443.150, while Nebraska finished second with a 423.700. Air Force finished third, while Arizona State (402.150) and Washington (367.300) rounded out the five-team field.

    FALCONS SET ACADEMY RECORD ON PARALLEL BARS
    The lineup of Corbin Palmer (14.350), Skyler Awisus (14.900), Nick Gaudlip (14.550), Josh Ramos (14.850), Mac Ritchie (14.500) and Tim Wang (14.850) helped the Falcons to an Academy-record team score of 73.650 at the Rocky Mountain Open.

    RING `EM UP
    Gared Chapman and Jon Spiro recorded a pair of top-five finishes on the still rings at the season-opening Rocky Mountain Open. Chapman posted the team's best individual event finish, as he finished fourth with a score of 15.050, while Spiro placed fifth with a tally of 15.000.

    THE RETURN OF THE ALL-AROUNDER
    Air Force featured its first all-around competitor since 2011, as Tim Wang competed in all six events at the Rocky Mountain Open. Collecting a debut score of 84.500, Wang finished third overall to account for the team's highest individual finish of the night. The Falcons' top scorer on the floor (sixth), he also claimed top-10 placements on the pommel horse and parallel bars (eighth). In addition, Wang debuted on the Academy's all-time record book on the parallel bars (14.850, fifth), floor exercise (14.750, 12th) and pommel horse (13.800, 20th).

    STANDING ROOM ONLY
    Air Force opened the season in front of a packed house at the Rocky Mountain Open on Jan. 11. With a total of 1, 018 fans, the Falcons recorded his highest attendance total in the last decade.

    WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
    Air Force travels to Lincoln, Neb., next Saturday, Jan. 25, for its second match of the season with Nebraska, who is currently listed fifth in this week's GymInfo Rankings. It will be the second time in three weeks that the Falcons have faced the Huskers, as Nebraska edged Air Force by just .600 at the Rocky Mountain Open.

     

     

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