|No. 1 Oklahoma & Temple at No. 4 Ohio State | Saturday, March 15 | 3 p.m. CT|
|Location||St. John Arena (Columbus, Ohio)|
|Live Video ($)||OhioStateBuckeyes.com|
|Live Results||Twitter (@OU_MGymnastics)|
NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 1 Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team is competing against No. 4 Ohio State and Temple in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday in the Sooners' final regular season meet. Admission to the meet is free and will be Senior Night for the Buckeyes.
"Ohio State is a young team that's been coming up the last couple of seasons under the new leadership of Rustam Sharipov," said OU head coach Mark Williams, referencing OSU's head coach who was an assistant at Oklahoma under Williams from 2005-11. "They're putting up pretty consistent, high 430, 440 scores which is right where we are at right now. So I view it as a good competition opportunity for us in preperation for the postseason. It'll probably come down to the final event so I'm excited about going."
Of note for the Sooners going into this weekend's contest is the clearance of junior Jacoby Rubin to compete for the first time this season. Out recovering from a shoulder injury, Rubin may compete on pommel horse against the Buckeyes, an event on which he has a career-best score of 15.150.
OU enters the weekend ranked No. 1 for the ninth-straight week with a four-score of average of 443.283. The Sooners are No. 1 on floor (75.983) and still rings (74.833), No. 2 on pommel horse (73.383) and No. 4 on vault (73.683), parallel bars (72.667) and high bar (72.467).
Ohio State ranks No. 4 in the nation with an average of 439.750. The Buckeyes are No. 1 on pommel horse (73.417) and high bar (73.200), No. 3 on vault (73.700) and parallel bars (72.917), No. 7 on rings (73.450) and No. 10 on floor exercise (72.283). Michael Newburger is ranked No. 1 in teh nation on pommel horse while Sean Melton, a U.S. Senior National Team member,
Both teams will continue to use the five-up, five-count scoring method where only five gymnasts are allowed to perform on each event with all five scores counting toward the overall team score and will do so for the remainder of the season, including the NCAA Championships. Through the last day of February, six gymnasts were allowed to perform on each event with the top five scores counting toward the team score.
OU will look to cap a superb regular season that has included the following achievements:
- A No. 1 national ranking all nine weeks of the regular season.
- Current No. 1 team event rankings on floor exercise and still rings.
- Current top-four team rankings on every event.
- Current No. 1 individual event rankings by Alec Robin (floor exercise) and Michael Squires (still rings).
- An undefeated record at home, including wins over Air Force, Iowa, Stanford and Nebraska.
- The highest single-meet team total score (447.700, vs. Stanford), team floor score (76.550, vs. Stanford), team rings score (75.600, vs. Stanford) and team pommel horse score (76.650, Rocky Mountain Open) of any other school in the nation this season.
- Senior Presten Ellsworth was named a Nissen-Emery Award Finalist. The All-American and reigning MPSF Gymnast of the Year is one of nine gymnasts honored. The winner of the award will be announced April 9.
- MPSF Gymnast of the Week honors for Alec Robin following his performance at Winter Cup where the junior finished first on floor and 12th overall in the all-around.
- MPSF Gymnast of the Week honors for Colin Van Wicklen after winning the floor title at the Metroplex Challenge.
- MPSF Gymnast of the Week honors for Presten Ellsworth after scoring a season high on floor (15.300) and a career high 15.000 on still rings against Stanford.