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Oklahoma Men's Gymnastics Head Coach talks about fourth straight NCAA Championship win

Oklahoma Men's Gymnastics Head Coach talks about fourth straight NCAA Championship win. (Sam Gannon/KOKH)

The Oklahoma Men's Gymnastics team made history by becoming the third team to win the NCAA championship four times in a row.

NCAA's took place in Chicago, Illinois, this past weekend at the UIC Pavilion. The Sooner's won with a 414.858 over Minnesota, Illinois, Stanford, Nebraska and Penn State.

According to Sooner Sports, OU became the third program in history to win at least four consecutive national titles (Illinois form 1939-1942 and Nebraska from 1979-1982). The 2018 national title is the 12th overall, tying them with Penn State for most in NCAA history.

For Head Coach Mark Williams, getting to that point was not a smooth process.

"This year was a lot different,' said Williams. "I had a team that was decimated with injuries early on. In December, we didn't have enough guys to get a complete score for an intrasquad meet."

Williams says for the team to have comeback from the injuries and win was miraculous.

"It's a testament to the guys hard work and our program," said Williams.

The Sooner's were led by Junior Yul Moldauer and Senior Hunter Justus.

Moldauer became the first OU gymnast to win four national titles in one year. He won the All-Around, Floor, Vault, and Parallel Bars.

Justus went through his entire collegiate career without losing a single meet. His win record was 97-0.

"Hunter Justus was there for every single meet," said Williams. "That's 97 straight and that's amazing."

Now that the season is over, mandatory workouts have stopped. All workouts from now until pre-season are considered voluntary.

But, many guys, like Moldauer, are competing over the summer for USA Gymnastics. Most of the guys will be practicing and competing so they will already have a head start for the 2019 season.

Williams is already planning for 2019.

"I've already thought about routines I have to replace and the new recruits coming in," said Williams. "In order to compete at that high level again then the preparation has to start today."



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