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No. 3 Men's Gymnastics Pulls Out Win Against Huskers
February 20, 2005

NORMAN, Okla.   The No. 3 University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics topped No. 11 Nebraska 219.350-216.100, Sunday in Lincoln, Neb.  It was the second win in two weeks and third this season over the Huskers for the Sooners, as OU defeated Nebraska 224.050-212.650, last Sunday at Oklahoma City. 
 
The Sooners had also previously defeated the Huskers at the Rocky Mountain Open on Jan. 14, in Colorado Springs, Colo.  Just like the week before, the Sooners swept every event except for the vault.

"We tried to do some new things today,” said OU head coach Mark Williams.  “We increased our risk by increasing our difficulty on our routines.  I thought our effort at the end of meet was pretty good, for Nebraska to be that close and our guys to step up and distance themselves is pretty impressive. 
 
"We have to be better prepared for the road if we want to win a national championship.  We were not very consistent at all today, but despite not having a great day, we came away with a reasonable score.”

The win also gave the Sooners the lead in the all-time series record, with 29 wins.  Going into the meet, the Sooners and the Huskers were tied at 28 after last week’s OU win in Oklahoma City.

Individually, the Sooners spread the lineup out, giving different athletes extra-action, including freshman Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons’s first action of the season in the all-around (51.775).  Senior Josh Gore continued his impressive streak winning the parallel bars (9.45) and finishing second on the pommel horse (9.45).

The Sooners had a first place finisher in every event except for the all-around and vault  On the pommel horse, the Sooners took the top three honors, with junior Jamie Henderson leading the way with a 9.5 first-place finish.  Freshman Jonathan Horton picked up two first-place finishes, on the still rings (9.625) and the high bar (9.55). 
 
Horton also picked up a second-place finish on the parallel bars (9.25).  For the second straight week versus Nebraska, senior David Iammatteo won the floor exercise (9.325).  Freshman Jacob Messina picked up a third-place finish in the all-around with a career high 52.875.

Next up for OU is another road trip, as the Sooners travel to Minneapolis, Minn. this Saturday, Feb. 26, to take on the University of Minnesota at 2 p.m. (CST). 

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