If history repeats itself, Wes Suter will be a member of the 1988 United States men's Olympic gymnastic team in Seoul.

And right behind is his younger brother Richard, a junior at South Lakes who recently finished third in the all-around title in the state tournament.

Wes Suter, who graduated from South Lakes, recently won the NCAA men's all-around title. Mitch Gaylord, Jim Hartung, Peter Vidmar and Bart Conner, also former NCAA champions, made up half the 1984 Olympic team.

Suter, 20, will compete at the USA Championships in Jacksonville, Fla., next month and hopes to place in the top 10. The top 24 finishers advance to the World Championships and, if this were an Olympic year, the top eight would represent the United States.

"I set goals for myself," Suter said. "Winning the NCAA (championship) was a goal I set for my senior year. It's early (in my career) winning the NCAA."

In spite of Suter's near-perfect performance last month, Nebraska placed second. Ohio State, winning its first NCAA championship, defeated the Cornhuskers, 285.35-284.55.

"To win the NCAA in his junior year is a great feat," said Francis Allen, Nebraska's coach. "I expect him to take up where he left off next year. Maybe go undefeated and win another all-around."

Wes Suter, who led South Lakes to a state championship in 1982, held the all-around title in 1980, 1981 and 1982. As a freshman in 1979, he placed second.

"Richard (who recently won the National Boys Invitational vault at Allentown, Pa. with a 9.80) is not as outwardly driven as Wes was," South Lakes Coach Bob Grauman said. "Wes always knew he could do it. When Richard gets around people who are as equally good as he, he will realize how good he is."

Richard Suter, 17, is more concerned about winning the state team title. As team anchor, his performances will be the deciding factor to reaching that goal.

Floor and vault are Richard's strongest events. He performs a double twisting back flip on the floor and a handspring front on the vault.

"I enjoy gymnastics, but I don't know how far I can take it," he said. "Wes winning the NCAAs really psyched me up. I'm proud of him. The sport has been good to him, but it's a big commitment."

Wes Suter has been more certain about making this commitment than his brother. The elder Suter, a junior at Nebraska, is confident in his skills and ability and is working toward a place on the 1988 U.S. Olympic team.

"He's impressed me a great deal," Conner said to CBS Sports. "He is carrying on the traditions of the Jim Hartungs and Scott Johnsons, in being the consistent performer that Nebraska team can count on every time."

"I wouldn't be a bit surprised if he stays in and competes internationally," Allen said. "The '88 Olympics will be prime time for him.