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Oklahoma Wins Its 12th NCAA Title
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BY JIM HOLT

CHICAGO—Oklahoma hasn't lost a meet since it placed second at the 2014 NCAA Championships. The closest the Sooners came to losing this season was at Ohio State in Columbus, where they won, 413.650-412.700.

In a much closer than expected competition, Oklahoma prevailed over its rivals again, and a fired-up Minnesota squad took advantage of an Illinois group that faltered on high bar late in the competition.

For most of the evening, the atmosphere was electric. The crowd of 4,193 spectators were assembled in groups of team supporters, and the shouts of “We are Penn State!” and “Boomer, Sooner!” energized athletes, officials and fans alike.

Said NCAA representative John Bugner: “This is my third men's championship and it's by far the best one I’ve been to."

"This is the best experience ever," said Yul Moldauer of Oklahoma, who won the all-around title. "We’ve had, and I’ve had, success, but tonight is No. 1 for me."

Now Oklahoma has won four straight NCAA Championships to tie Penn State with the most at 12 titles. Illinois is next with 10.

The Sooners scored 414.858, and there was a close battle for the next two places. Minnesota finished second with 411.923, and Illinois placed third with 411.689.

Said Minnesota coach Mike Burns: "We had it going tonight. This is only the third time in Minnesota history that we finished in second; the first time was when Newt Loken was on the team (1941)."

Stanford scored 408.589 for fourth, Nebraska finished fifth with 403.589 and Penn State placed sixth with 401.991.

Yul Moldauer of Oklahoma grabbed the all-around crown with 87.298, and Minnesota freshman Shane Wiskus placed second with 83.064. Alec Yoder of Ohio State finished third with 82.631.

Nissen-Emery Award winner Sean Melton (Ohio State) and a rough all-around meet. He fell on his tucked double-double rings dismount and fell forward on his handspring-double front vault. He placed eighth with 81.498.

Read complete coverage of the men's and women's NCAA Championships in the May issue of International Gymnast.

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