Sooners on the road again for their first dual meet of the season against the Hawkeyes.
Senior Chris Stehl
The No. 3University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics team will compete
in its first true road meet of the season Saturday when it travels to No. 8
Iowa for a 5 p.m. contest at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The teams will meet just
eight days after facing off at the Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas,
where the Sooners posted a season-high score of 441.500 to win the event. The
Hawkeyes finished fourth with a score of 422.750.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
Saturday's contest at No. 8 Iowa marks the first true road meet of
the season. No. 3 Oklahoma's first three meets were invitationals that featured
at least four teams.
The Sooners and Hawkeyes meet one week after OU won the Metroplex Challenge
and UI finished fourth in Fort Worth, Texas. Oklahoma won the event with a season-high
441.500, while Iowa finished with a score of 422.750. Last season, the Sooners
defeated the Hawkeyes 356.250-334.400 at the OU Field House.
In the team event rankings, both OU and UI are in the top 12 on each event.
Oklahoma boasts top-six rankings on every event, highlighted by pommel horse
and high bar at No. 2. Iowa's highest ranking is fourth on rings.
OU is represented 18 times in the individual event rankings and at least once
on every event. Thirteen Sooners are ranked in the top 20 at least once, while
five earned top-10 rankings and four are ranked on at least two events. After
making his season debut last week, senior Chris Stehl is fourth on rings, tied
for 12th on parallel bars and tied for 14th on high bar. Sophomores Dylan Akers
and Alec Robin and RS freshman Sergey Resnick are each ranked on two events.
Oklahoma is 9-1 on the season and 2-1 against MPSF conference teams, while
Iowa is 3-7 and 0-6 in the Big Ten. The Sooners began the season with a 3-0
sweep at the Rocky Mountain Open, followed by a second-place finish at the Stanford
Open. The Hawkeyes opened the season with a fifth-place finish at the Windy
City Invitational before finishing fourth at the Metroplex Challenge, behind
first-place OU. All four MPSF teams are ranked in the top 12, while all seven
Big Ten teams are ranked in the top ten of the GymInfo national rankings.
LIVE RESULTS AND UPDATES
Live stats will be available at gymnastics.hawkeyesports.com.
Behind-the-scenes updates and photos from Iowa City will be available on Twitter
at Twitter at @SoonerGymnasts,
on Facebook at Facebook.com/SoonerGymnasts,
and on Instagram.com/OU_MGymnastics.
Jacoby Rubin | So. | All-Around
Named MPSF Gymnast of the Week after
career-high scores at the Metroplex Challenge
Posted or tied two career highs and two team
highs at the Metroplex Challenge
Tied for 18th nationally with a 14.450 on pommel
Will compete on the pommel horse, rings, parallel
bars and high bar at Iowa.
HEAD COACH MARK WILLIAMS ON FACING IOWA
"The challenge will be that Saturday is a true road event, and it's harder to
compete away from home. Being able to compete without a home crowd behind us,
I would still like to see us be fairly consistent and do what we do well. This
will be the last of a lot of road trips before we finally return home for our
next meet, so we'd like to finish our road trip off with the feeling like we've
done pretty well in the first third of the season."
SCOUTING NO. 8 IOWA
No. 8 Iowa opened its season two weeks ago at the Windy City Invitational
with a fifth-place finish in Chicago. The Hawkeyes had a score of 422.350 and
won three individual event titles. Last weekend at the Metroplex Challenge in
Fort Worth, Texas, UI finished fourth behind No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 5 Ohio State
and No. 6 Illinois with a score of 422.750.
Iowa is ranked in the top 12 nationally in all six events two meets into the
season, ranking fourth on rings (73.225), eight on floor (71.475), parallel
bars (70.025) and high bar (69.125), ninth on vault (71.400) and 12th on pommel
The Hawkeyes are represented eight times in the individual top 20 rankings
on three events and the all-around. Senior Anton Gryshayev, who owns the top
five scores on rings in Hawkeye history, is ranked No. 1 nationally on the event
with an average score of 15.475.
Iowa is 3-7 this season under the leadership of head coach JD Reive. In his
third season, Reive and the Hawkeyes are coming off a sixth-place finish in
the Big Ten and a 3-22 season.
Former Sooner Michael Heredia is in his first season as an assistant coach
at Iowa. He was an All-American on vault in 2012 at OU and a two-time letter-winner
after transferring to Oklahoma following his sophomore season.
RUBIN NAMED MPSF GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
Sophomore Jacoby Rubin was named the MPSF Gymnast of the Week after a career-high
performance led No. 3 OU to wins over three top-eight teams at this past weekend's
Metroplex Challenge. It is the second such honor for Rubin, who was also recognized
by the conference in February of 2012.
At the Metroplex Challenge, Rubin posted a team-best score of 15.000 on high
bar, tied a team high with a 14.800 on pommel horse and scored a career-high
15.050 on rings. He also recorded a 13.950 on parallel bars. In addition to
his career high on rings, his pommel horse score tied a career high and his
high bar and parallel bar routines marked his season debuts in those events.
GYMINFO NATIONAL RANKINGS
Oklahoma is third in this week's GymInfo
National Top 10 Rankings. The rankings are determined by averaging a team's
total scores through the first three weeks of competition. Past and future OU
opponents are in bold.
| 1. Penn State (444.375)
|| 6. Minnesota (428.175)
| 2. Michigan (435.525)
|| 7. Illinois (427.167)
| 3. OKLAHOMA (432.817)
|| 8. Iowa (422.550)
| 4. Stanford (430.867)
|| 9. Nebraska (421.367)
| 5. Ohio State (428.575)
|| 10. California (418.525)
LAST WEEKEND AT THE METROPLEX CHALLENGE
No. 3 Oklahoma captured the inaugural Metroplex Challenge men's title last
weekend with a score of 441.500 at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena. OU
finished over 12 points ahead of No. 5 Ohio State, who posted a 429.400. No.
6 and defending national champion Illinois finished third with 428.300, followed
by No. 8 Iowa with 422.750. Texas A&M's club team finished fifth, ahead of a
group of Texas collegiate all-stars.
The Sooners won team event titles on the pommel horse (72.850), parallel bars
(72.850) and high bar (73.000). Ohio State claimed victories on floor (74.800)
and vault (73.200) while Illinois won the rings event (75.250) with the highest
team score on any event.
Gymnasts from Oklahoma and Ohio State each won two individual event titles.
Presten Ellsworth and Danny Berardini won vault and parallel bars, respectively,
while the Buckeyes' Danny Steiner and John Laing won the floor and pommel horse.
Iowa's Anton Gryshayev won the rings event and Illinois' Jordan Valdez claimed
the top score on high bar.
After opening the season with four straight meets, No. 3 Oklahoma will take
the next weekend off before hosting No. 6 Minnesota in its first home meet of
the season. Ticket information and a list of promotions for all home meets at
the OU Field House can be found here.