OU Downs No. 6 UM with Season-High 443.350

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University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 16, 2013

(11-1, 2-1)
  FX PH SR V PB HB Total
 Oklahoma 75.650 73.750 76.200 71.950 72.200 73.600 443.350
 Minnesota 74.750 70.950 73.600 73.000 71.400 71.750 435.450
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(5-5, 2-4)
 Event Leaders
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 Floor  Alec Robin (OU)  15.500
 Pommel  Michael Reid (OU)  15.100
 Rings  Michael Squires (OU)  16.000
 Vault  Zack Chase (UM)  15.200
 P-Bars  Danny Berardini (OU)  15.350
 H-Bar  Steve Jaciuk (UM)  15.350
 OU Team Highs
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 Floor  Alec Robin  15.500
 Pommel  Michael Reid  15.100
 Rings  Michael Squires  16.000
 Vault  Raymond White  14.750
 P-Bars  Danny Berardini  15.350
 H-Bar  Danny Berardini  15.050
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NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 2 University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics team returned home in stylish fashion with a 443.350-435.450 victory over No. 6 Minnesota at McCasland Field House Saturday night. OU's total score was its highest of the season, and the Sooners tied or matched ten individual career highs.

Led by a season-high 76.200 on still rings and 73.750 on pommel horse, the Sooners extended their regular season home winning streak to 20 meets. OU's ring score was the highest mark of the season for any team on the event, and the top score of the season for Oklahoma.

In front of an opening-night crowd of 935, the Sooners used a strong first-three events to propel them to the victory. OU gymnasts won four of the six event titles and Oklahoma claimed victories in all but one event as a team.

"The first half of the meet, we were doing great," head coach Mark Williams said. "I was really pleased with the pommel horse, we were doing awesome. The last three events were a little disappointing, a few breaks, didn't quite get it all together. But we still ended up with our high score for the season, and I'm really pleased with that, and happy with the crowd and the presentation of the competition being on television. So overall I'm really pleased with the team's effort tonight."

The Sooners opened the meet on floor, where they posted a 75.650. OU was led Alec Robin and Raymond White, who each scored a 15.500. Robin's score was a career high, while White matched his career high. Minnesota opened the meet with a 70.950 on pommel horse, and Oklahoma had a lead after the first rotation that they would never give up.

Oklahoma continued its strong start with a 73.75 on pommel horse, a season high. Michael Reid (15.100) and Robin (14.750) both posted career highs as OU found itself with a 3.700 point lead after two events.

The highlight of the night for OU was rings, where the Sooners' 73.750 gave them a 225.600-218.700 lead through the first three rotations. In addition to Squires, William Clement notched a career-high 14.500 while Chris Stehl's 15.500 was a season high.

"That's huge," Williams said of Squires' score. "That's one of the highest scores out there on any event this year. It's his best routine by far this year, and bodes well for the rest of the season. I said from the beginning I think he's going to be an All-American and that jumps him right in the middle of things."

The Sooners' 71.950 on vault was a season low, but they maintained their lead over the Golden Gophers. No OU gymnast scored higher than a 14.750, and it was just one of two events where Minnesota claimed an individual event title.

On parallel bars, Danny Berardini's career high 15.350 led OU to a 72.200 on their next-to-last event.

With a 369.750-364.050 lead heading into high bar, OU's final event, Oklahoma recorded a season high 73.600 to seal the home-opening victory. Three Sooners scored career highs, led by Berardini's 15.050. Robin (14.850) and Stanton Rehkemper (14.800) also posted career bests.

The Sooners are home again next weekend against conference foe Air Force at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23. Ticket information and a list of promotions for all home meets at the OU Field House can be found at here.

"The Air Force Academy is coming in, and it's a special meet with the Cleveland Elementary night, Williams said. "We'll have a lot of kids here that the guys work with over at the school. We want it to be just as entertaining as tonight, but even more so with all the kids, and maybe be able to finish the meet up a little stronger."

Oklahoma and Cleveland Elementary School have partnered for many years. The Sooners work with the young students in the classroom, in the community and on the playground.

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