No. 1 Oklahoma Rolls to Victory

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 01, 2014



  FX PH SR V PB HB Total
 Iowa 74.250 68.450 71.550 72.750 70.000 73.600 430.600
 Oklahoma 75.450 74.700 73.400 73.500 73.300 73.950 444.300


 Event Winners
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 FX Oyama & White (OU) 15.300
 PH Resnick & Reid (OU) 15.150
 SR Michael Squires (OU) 15.800
 V Colin Van Wicklen (OU) 15.200
 PB Michael Reid (OU) 15.250
 HB Mitchell Landau (IOWA) 15.200
 AA Jack Boyle (IOWA) 83.400
 Oklahoma Team Highs
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 FX Oyama & White 15.300
 PH Resnick & Reid 15.150
 SR Michael Squires 15.800
 V Colin Van Wicklen 15.200
 PB Michael Reid 15.250
 HB Stanton Rehkemper 15.100
NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 1 Oklahoma men's gymnastics team finished strong and never let up, rolling past No. 10 Iowa 444.300 to 430.600 on Saturday at McCasland Field House.

The Sooners' team score is the highest in program history since the NCAA altered its scoring system and gives OU three meets with scores of 440.00 or more, the most in the country.

Michael Reid stepped up big for Oklahoma on both pommel horse and parallel bars after being put into the p-bars lineup late after an injury to teammate Kanji Oyama. The Sooner junior didn't break a sweat, posting a career-best score of 15.250, the top score of any competitor on the night.

"I told the guys that if you're the alternate, you'd better be ready any time," said OU head coach Mark Williams. "I was really happy with Michael. That's the best routine he's ever done."

Reid added a score of 15.150 on pommel horse, tying fellow Sooner Sergey Resnick for the event title.

On floor, Oyama set a career high with a 15.300 before an injury in pommel horse forced the junior to sit out the rest of the meet. Senior Raymond White also scored a 15.300 to pace Oklahoma, which finished with a score of 75.450.

Including the pommel horse scores submitted by Resnick and Reid, OU finished with five of the top six individual scores on the event. White scored a 15.100 while junior Alec Robin went 14.800 and freshman Allan Bower scored 14.500 to give OU a 74.700 team score.

Junior Michael Squires continued his domination on still rings, scoring a 15.800 - more than a point higher than the second place finisher. Senior Presten Ellsworth added a 14.600 and Bower kept up his strong performance with a 14.500 for the Sooners.

Freshman Colin Van Wicklen earned his second individual vault title and his best score of the year with a 15.200 to pace the field. Three Sooners - junior Dylan Akers, Bower and Ellsworth - scored 14.600 apiece to give OU a 73.500 team score.

OU went into the night with the goal to finish strong, something the Sooners had not done as well as they have liked so far this season. Against the Hawkeyes OU nailed parallel bars and high bar, scoring 73.300 and 73.950, respectively.

"We did so much better finishing strong tonight than we have the past few meets," Williams said. "On high bar, finishing with five sticks out of six total landings it was better across the board. That's what we needed to do. It made a difference to our team score and the energy in the gym didn't sink down at any point."

Behind Reid's 15.250 on parallel bars, Ellsworth came in and earned a 14.850 with junior Danny Berardini sticking a 14.600. OU swept past its previous season high on high bar thanks to a 15.100 from senior Stanton Rehkemper and a 14.900 from Berardini.

OU will face its toughest opponent of the regular season in a showdown with No. 3 Stanford next Saturday, Feb. 8 at McCasland Field House at 5 p.m. CT. The meet will also be the program's annual Cleveland Elementary night. For tickets, click here.



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