OU Impresses in Home Debut
NORMAN — The No. 2 ranked Oklahoma men's gymnastics team opened its 2019 home slate with its 104th straight victory, beating No. 11 Arizona State and No. 12 Air Force on Saturday inside McCasland Field House. The Sooners topped the Falcons and Sun Devils by a team score of 418.550-397.050 and 392.500. Sooner gymnasts claimed or earned a share of all six individual event titles. Senior Genki Suzuki took the all-around crown, registering a career-best 83.600.
"Tonight felt pretty good," said OU head coach Mark Williams. "We started better and kept the momentum going. We really did not have to count any mistakes tonight.
"I was really happy for Genki (Suzuki), he had a phenomenal night winning the all-around and being really consistent across the board. I saw some good things from a lot of guys that may have been a little bit unsettled last weekend, so I see that improvement. It is also nice to be at home because we have great support from our fans and a lot of energy in the building. It is really fun to do gymnastics in this environment."
Oklahoma started the meet strong on floor in the first rotation, totaling 71.100. The Sooners were led on the event by freshman Vitaliy Guimaraes, turning in a career-best 14.450 in his first meet at McCasland Field House. The score took first out of all competitors on floor exercise.
The second rotation on pommel horse saw the Sooners tally a 66.350. Genki Suzuki, competing all-around, recorded the top score with a 13.700. Horse specialist Brian Schibler contributed with a strong 13.650.
The Sooners moved on to still rings in the fourth rotation, scoring a 71.200. Senior captain Yul Moldauer brought the crowd to its feet with a huge 15.100, the highest score on the event of the evening by a half point.
In the fifth rotation, Oklahoma logged a 68.450 on parallel bars. Suzuki led the Sooners on an event for the second time, tallying a 13.950. Junior Matt Wenske, who claimed the all-around title last weekend, recorded a career-high 13.600 to help the Sooners.
OU closed with another 68.450 event score, this one on high bar. Senior co-captain Levi Anderson anchored the rotation with a 14.100, including a stuck landing to finish the night for the Sooners. Sophomore Gage Dyer also put up a career-high 14.100 on the event.
Oklahoma continues its home slate next Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. CT when the Sooners welcome Ohio State to McCasland Field House. The meet will serve as Military Night.
Season and single meet tickets for all regular-season home meets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the University of Oklahoma Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-GoOU. Tickets can also be ordered online by visiting SoonerSports.com/tickets.