NORMAN, Okla. The No. 3 University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics topped No. 1 Ohio State 222.825-222.675, Saturday in Norman, Okla. The Sooners went into the final event down by two points, but rallied on the high bar with a score of 37.950 while Ohio State faltered on the parallel bars.
The Sooners won on both the still rings and the parallel bars and tied on the high bar. OU set a season high on the vault with a score of 36.800. Individually, the Sooners had a first place finisher on every event except for the high bar.
OU was led by freshman Jonathan Horton who tied the school record on the floor exercise (9.75) with former OU gymnast Jock Stevens. Horton finished first on the floor exercise, still rings (9.825) and in the all-around (56.275). The freshman’s score in the all-around was an individual team season high.
“We are very proud to knock off the number one team in the nation,” said OU head coach Mark Williams. “I was proud of the way our guys never gave up. We were down early, but we hung in there until the end. We put the pressure on Ohio State and had a great high bar routine. Being down two points going into the final event, I though we were done, but we were able to pull off the victory.
“We started slow on the first couple of events and rebounded nicely. Right now we are not national champion caliber on the first three events (floor, pommel horse and rings). We have our concerns, but we’ll take the win and improve off it. We have time to get better and get where we need to be.”
Other outstanding performers included the Henderson brothers, senior David and junior Jamie. David took first on the vault (9.45) and second on the rings (9.725), both season highs. Jamie won on the pommel horse and finished third on the high bar with a score of 9.65 in both events, also both season highs.
“Jamie Henderson was great tonight, he really came through on the high bar,” added Williams. “Jonathan Horton had another solid performance tonight. His scores and his all-around performance were huge for the team.”
Next up for OU is its final regular season meet of the year, with No. 6 Iowa coming to town on Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m. (CST) at the Lloyd Noble Center. The matchup will be the final home meet for seven seniors who will be recognized after the meet.