Defending champ OU tops finalists for NCAA men's gymnastics
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Defending champion Oklahoma had the highest qualifying score on the opening day of the NCAA men's gymnastics championships Friday.
The Sooners, who will go for their 10th title Saturday night, finished at 441.2, well ahead of Minnesota (426.4) and 12-time champion Penn State (423.95) in the early session.
Stanford had the top score in the late session at 434.35, followed by host Ohio State (433.4), which is chasing its first national title since 2001. The other finals qualifier was Illinois, which has won 10 team championships.
Oklahoma had three individual event winners in freshman Yul Moldauer on floor exercise (15.450), Thao Hoang on rings (15.550) and Allan Bower, who shared the high bar crown with Minnesota's Jalon Stephens at 14.950.
California's Kevin Wolting won the all-around at 87.1. He was fifth in the all-around a year ago.
There was a three-way tie for the title on pommel horse at 15.4 between Alec Yoder of Ohio State, Akash Modi of Stanford and Nebraska's Ethan Lottman. Modi was last year's all-around champion.
The other event winners were Michigan's Anthony McCallum on vault (15.6) and Sean Melton of Ohio State on parallel bars (15.35).