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Moldauer, Wong Win American Cup In Greensboro, N.C.
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Yul Moldauer is on a winning streak, both at Oklahoma gymnastics and the American Cup. His first American Cup victory was in 2017, where he defeated Ukrainian Oleg Vernyayev, an amazing gymnast in his own right. In 2018 defeated James Hall (Great Britain) and his third was on March 2 against Sam Mikulak, by 0.001!

“It was fun,” Moldauer said. “It's always a good time competing with him, because he's a veteran. I am so blessed, I don't even know what to say. I want to say thanks to all the OU coacheds and my club coaches, my family and all my friends and teammates to help me get where I'm at today.”

“Yul had a great meet and won by the closest margin in history,” said OU head coach Mark Williams. “Sam gave him an opportunity and Yul kept plugging away and made the end really exciting.” Moldauer stuck his double-twisting double tuck off rings, although he picked up swing earlier in the routine. On vault he nailed the landing on a Kasamatu-double twist. He stuck his barani-out of the parallel bars, as well.

Fellow American Mikulak has this to say about his performance: “Today, honestly, mentally I felt like I was in the right place, but there's just a couple things we need to refine over the next couple months. He's (Moldauer) got nothing but confidence and brings a lot to the table as a teammate.”

To Mikulak’s credit he said “Lets bring it home!” before Moldauer's routine, who was last up on high bar.

And afterward Moldauer landed his triple-twisting double layout, Mikulak said, "That a boy!”

In her first senior event, Leanne Wong, claimed the gold medal at the American Cup. She is trained by Al Fong and Armine Barutyan-Fong at Great American Gymnastics Express in Missouri.

“It was really exciting competing at my first senior meet, and I thought it went pretty well,” Wong said. “I’m most proud of my floor routine, because I was little nervous for that, and that was the last event, and I was last.”

Grace McCallum, usually solid on balance beam, struggled a bit.

“It went really good,” McCallum said. “It might not have gone the way I wanted it to, but I'm still really proud of myself. It's a different environment, different experience.

Men’s AA: 1.Yul Moldauer 85.932; Sam Mikulak 2. 85.931; Ma Yue 84.465.

Women's AA: 1. Leanne Wong 56.765; 2. Grace McCallum 56.465; 3. Ellie Black 55.732.

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