No. 1 Sooners Top No. 9 Hawkeyes
IOWA CITY, Iowa — The No. 1 ranked Oklahoma men's gymnastics team claimed its 108th consecutive victory Saturday afternoon, beating No. 9 Iowa inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena by a score of 405.150-397.750. OU notched five of six event titles as a team and Sooner gymnasts claimed all six individual event crowns.
“We didn’t start well on the first event and didn’t finish well on the last event,” said OU head coach Mark Williams.
“Unfortunately, it wasn’t our best performance but it gives us more things to work on when we get home,” concluded Williams. “The guys get a little break from the NCAA schedule, so hopefully we can take that break and fix some things before our next meet against Michigan.”
The Sooners began the meet with a shaky start on pommel horse, recording a 62.650. The rotation was highlighted by senior co-captain Genki Suzuki’s 13.300. The score brought home the first event title on the afternoon for Suzuki.
Moving to one of the Sooners’ stronger events in the second rotation, floor exercise, Oklahoma quickly picked it up and notched a 68.550. Vitaliy Guimaraes continued his impressive freshman campaign with a 14.100 set that won him his second career event title. The Sooners other two freshmen chipped in solid routines to help the team notch the event crown. Competing on
OU put up another big number on vault in the third rotation, scoring 71.650. Five of the six gymnasts that competed for the Sooners registered scores of 14.000-plus. Sophomore Alexei Vernyi won his second career event title with a vault of 14.650. Fellow sophomore Gage Dyer put up a 14.500 to help his all-around effort. Notching his second career high of the day was Seyler, scoring a 14.350.
In the fourth rotation on still rings, Oklahoma put up a 69-flat. Senior Peter Daggett won his first individual crown of the season with a big 14.200 routine. Junior Tanner Justus recorded a career-high 13.850 to help the Sooners secure their fourth event title of the meet.
High bar proved helpful to widen the Sooners’ lead in the fifth rotation. Senior co-captain Levi Anderson won his fourth event title of the season and third on high bar with a 14.200. Dyer and Suzuki assisted the OU lineup with respective sets of 13.900 and 13.500. Additionally, senior Grant Kell put up a season-high 13.400.
Oklahoma slowed in the last rotation on parallel bars, recording a 64.900 to cap the meet. The rotation was again highlighted by Suzuki, winning his second event title of the meet with a 14.000 routine. Fellow co-captain Anderson contributed with a 13.200.
Competing all-around for the first time for the Sooners, sophomore Gage Dyer logged a 78.150 to place third out of the AA competition. The margin between first and third was a narrow five-tenths of a point.
Sooner gymnasts take a break from NCAA action to compete at the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas, Feb. 15-17. A total of 13 current, former and future Sooners will be competing at the USA Gymnastics meet
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