Williams Adds Third Member of 2018 Class

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Wes Moody
By Wes Moody
Communications Assistant
APRIL 12, 2017

NORMAN -- Head coach Mark Williams announced Wednesday the addition of another talented gymnast for the 2018 class. Gage Dyer of Yukon, Okla., will join U.S. Junior National Team members Davis Grooms and Alexei Vernyi in the class of 2018.

Dyer is a four-time Oklahoma state champion and in 2017 won the all-around at the Region 3 Elite Team Cup. He took second in the same event in 2016. Dyer trains at Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy in Norman, Okla. The youngest of five children, Dyer is the son of Gregg and Kim Dyer. He plans to major in biology and pursue a career in medicine.

The signing of Dyer brings William’s recruiting class to three incoming freshman. Dyer joins Grooms and Vernyi who both hail from the Houston area and are part of the 10-man U.S. Junior National Team.

Grooms trains at Champions Gymnastics and has been consistently among the best gymnasts of his age. At the 2016 P&G Championships, Grooms placed third on pommel horse and still rings and finished third in the all-around competition. At the 2016 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships Grooms placed fourth on still rings, fifth on vault and parallel bars and ninth in the all-around.

Vernyi trains at Cypress Academy, a virtual factory of talent for the Sooners. Six current members of the Oklahoma men's gymnastics roster trained at Cypress. Vernyi finished second on floor, third in the all-around and also turned in top-eight performances on parallel bars and still rings at the 2016 P&G Championships. At the 2016 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships, Vernyi took home the floor title and also placed second in the all-around. Additionally, he finished in the top eight on parallel bars, still rings and high bar.

The Sooners’ signing class will join a squad in the midst of an historic run of success. The Sooners have not lost a meet since the 2014 NCAA team finals and have racked up a program best 66 straight wins since then.

Oklahoma won its sixth straight Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) championship over the weekend with three Sooners combining to win a total of five individual conference titles. The top-ranked Sooners will look to cap their so-far-perfect season with a third consecutive national title April 21 and 22 as they travel to West Point, N.Y. to compete at the NCAA Championships.

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