Jan. 22, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. -- The fourth-ranked Oklahoma men's gymnastics team easily defeated No. 8 Ohio State in Saturday's "Cleveland Elementary Night" in front of 1,065 fans at the McCasland Field House.
The Sooners (4-0 overall, 2-0 MPSF) posted their highest score of the season (358.350) and improved to 4-0 with the victory over the Buckeyes (340.350). OU has won three straight regular-season meets against Ohio State dating back to 2007.
"I liked the energy in the building and from the team. We always love Cleveland night because it is always one of our best meets of the season," said OU Head Coach Mark Williams.
OU claimed all six team event titles for the first time this season with wins on floor (61.850), pommel horse (57.550), rings (60.250), vault (63.750), parallel bars (56.400) and high bar (58.550).
Leading the Sooners was sophomore Jacob Dalton claiming a program record on Saturday with a vault score of 16.550. The record was previously held by Legendre (16.500). The sophomore also posted the night's top all-around score (90.750) and highest tally on parallel bars with a 15.350.
"It went pretty good because we had a tough week last weekend," said Dalton. "Everyone went back into the gym and worked hard and I think that paid off this weekend. I think that this is a good start to the rest of the season."
Fellow U.S. National Team member, senior Steven Legendre was the second Sooner to claim a program record on floor after he broke his own school record with a 16.250.
"There was vast improvement from last weekend, so I am much happier than the start of the season," added Williams. "I saw energy and fight in this team that makes me believe that we can win the national championship."
Oklahoma seniors C.J. Grimes, Ian Jackson, Steven Legendre, Anthony Naddour and Bobby Shortle, were honored before the meet on Cleveland's "Senior Night."
"It is great that all the kids come out and support the guys that come into their classroom. I wish we could do this all the time because it is really fun," added Williams.
The Sooners stay home next Saturday to battle Minnesota and the Texas Club Team at the McCasland Field House at 7 p.m. (CT).