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Men's Gymnasts of the Week – Jan. 20, 2024

Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices and the College Gymnastics Association. More will be added throughout the week as they become available.


Gymnast of the Week
Fuzzy Benas – Oklahoma
See below for accomplishments.

Rookie of the Week
Cole Partridge – Nebraska
The freshman earned a top-three finish on two different events in his debut collegiate meet at the Huskers’ season opener. Partridge’s performance was highlighted by his third-place finish on high bar where he put up a score of 14.10, ranking third overall in the nation. Partridge also took third on parallel bars where he notched a 14.20, ranking sixth overall in the NCAA and helping No. 3 Nebraska to a second-place finish (409.600).

Specialist of the Week
David Wolma – Michigan

Big Ten Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Paul Juda – Michigan

  • Won the vault and placed second on the Pommel horse and still rings as No. 4 Michigan topped then-No. 12 Army
  • Score of 15.00 on the vault is the highest in the country this season, while his 14.45 on the still rings ranks third
  • Garners his sixth career Gymnast of the Week award

Specialist of the Week
Fred Richard – Michigan

  • Made his 2024 season debut with a victory in the pommel horse in the Wolverines’ win over Army
  • Posted a score of 15.00, best in the country this season
  • Also scored a 14.40 in the high bar, tied for the highest score in the event this season
  • Earns his first Event Specialist of the Week award

Freshman of the Week
Brandon Dang – Illinois

  • Won the pommel horse for his first career event win in No. 5 Illinois’ win over then-No. 11 Greenville on Saturday
  • Score of 14.450 ranks ninth in the country this season
  • Earns his first Freshman of the Week award

Eastern College Athletic Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Isaiah Drake – Navy
Isaiah Drake led Navy against a strong six-team field at the Navy Open as the Mids placed second to the #6 Ohio State Buckeyes and over six points clear of the #5 Penn State. He competed in the all-around and was a standout throughout by placing top-11 in all six disciplines among fields of 30-plus gymnasts. Besides winning the all-around with 80.65 points, he placed first on the parallel bars with a 13.95 effort. Additionally, he finished second on the vault (14.8), third on the floor exercise (13.3) and fourth on the rings (13.2).

Specialist of the Week
Syam Buradagunta – Navy
Buradagunta continued the strong start to his senior season with a win on the floor exercise (13.75) as part of a 30-man field at the Navy Open. He cleared his nearest challenger, Ohio State’s Kazuki Hayashi by 0.15 points. Additionally, he placed fourth on the pommel horse with a 13.5. His third top-10 of the day came on the high bar as he came in ninth at 12.7.

Rookie of the Week
Peyton Cramer – Springfield
Cramer continued to impress to begin his collegiate career and repeats are Rookie of the Week as he finished second on the pommel horse with a 13.900 at the Navy Open on Saturday. Through the first two weeks of the season, he is ranked sixth in the nation and tops in the ECAC on the pommel horse.

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Fuzzy Benas – Oklahoma
Oklahoma redshirt-sophomore Fuzzy Benas (Richmond, TX) registered the highest all-around score nationally this season with 85.200 to win the title at the Rocky Mountain Open (Jan. 20). He claimed the parallel bars title with a career-high 14.800, tied for the highest score of the meet on vault (14.550), placed third on floor (14.100), fourth on pommel horse (career-high 14.150), fourth on rings (season-best 13.700) and posted a season-high 13.900 on the high bar. This was the first all-around competition since 2022 for Benas. He helped Oklahoma to an NCAA season-high 420.350. This is the third career MPSF Gymnast of the Week award for Benas.

Specialist of the Week
Ignacio Yockers – Oklahoma
Oklahoma sophomore Ignacio Yockers (Tulsa, OK) won the pommel horse title with a 14.950 and notched a career-high 13.650 on parallel bars at the Rocky Mountain Open (Jan. 20). His 14.950 on pommel horse stands as the second-highest horse score recorded nationally this season. His performance helped lead Oklahoma to a 420.350 team score, which is the highest nationally this season by nearly seven points. This is the fifth career MPSF weekly award for Yockers.

Freshman of the Week
Colin Flores – Oklahoma
Oklahoma freshman Colin Flores (Mountain House, CA) placed third in the all-around at the Rocky Mountain Open (Jan. 20) with 80.800. Flores tied for third on parallel bars with a career-high 14.200 and notched a career high 13.600 on floor. He posted a 13.100 on pommel horse, 13.350 on high bar and 12.900 on rings in his first collegiate competition on those three events, and added 13.600 on vault. He helped lead OU to an NCAA season-high 420.350. This is the first career MPSF award for Flores.