OU Tops Ohio State, Arizona State in Front of Record Crowd

Sunday, 04 February 2024 21:16

OU Tops Ohio State, Arizona State in Front of Record Crowd

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NORMAN – Six gymnasts won individual titles to lead the No. 2 Oklahoma men's gymnastics team to a 411.500 team score and wins over No. 6 Ohio State (400.600) and Arizona State (379.000) in front of a record crowd of 2,111 on the program's annual Cleveland Night Saturday evening at McCasland Field House.

Freshman Colin Flores won the all-around with a score of 80.300 and won parallel bars with his 14.200. Freshman Max Bereznev tied for the vault title with his 15.000, which also ties for the highest vault score nationally this season. Junior Emre Dodanli won floor exercise with a 14.500, his eighth event title in four meets this season. Sophomore Ignacio Yockers won pommel horse with his 14.700 and sophomore Adriel Perales-Valencia won still rings with his 13.750.

The Sooners registered the top team score on pommel horse (68.700), still rings (66.550), parallel bars (69.900) and horizontal bar (66.050). OU also notched a season-high 72.200 on vault and scored a 68.100 on floor exercise. Ohio State's team score was its highest this season and its 72.700 vault score was the highest in the nation so far this year.

The attendance figure, which included a record 651 OU students, is the highest men's gymnastics attendance in the nation this season.

"I'm pleased with the bounce back from last weekend," Oklahoma head coach Mark Williams said. "Our parallel bars team was awesome. They did a really great job. It certainly looks like we got back on track there. We were maybe a little slow getting started at the beginning, but the last half of the meet we had great energy in the building and guys had really great performances. I was really happy with the job that they did today. We still haven't hit our full stride yet, but I'm pretty happy with the overall performance."

Oklahoma turned in a big performance on vault, led by career-highs from Bereznev (15.000) Dodanli (14.900) and Flores (14.550). OU, which led by 3.55 points after three rotations, built a 13-point advantage after its vault rotation.

Three Sooners scored above 14.000 on parallel bars, paced by Flores' 14.200 in the leadoff position. Redshirt sophomore Fuzzy Benas and Dodanli stuck their landings to close out the rotation with a pair of 14.150 scores. All five OU gymnasts stuck their landing on the high bar to finish the meet. Sophomore Kelton Christiansen led the way with his 13.750.

Dodanli anchored Oklahoma on floor exercise with his meet-high 14.500, while freshman Nico Hamilton scored a 13.750 on his first collegiate floor routine. Senior Zach Nunez notched a 14.650 and Yockers posted his meet-high 14.700 to lead the way on pommel horse. Perales-Valencia paced OU on rings with his 13.750, while senior Zachary Marckx scored a 13.650 in the anchor position.

Oklahoma is unbeaten against its last 73 opponents, encompassing 62 consecutive meets, inside McCasland Field House, dating back to the 2007 season.

"Having Cleveland Night, it's the best meet of the year," Williams said. "There's such energy in the building, the kids are into it and it's the biggest crowd of the year. Congratulations to them for helping us break our all-time attendance record. We'd love to have them come back the rest of the season. The conference meet should be a barnburner, so we're hoping we can build on that and have even more people in here when Stanford comes to town."

Oklahoma will compete at McCasland Field House again next Saturday against MPSF foe California. The meet is set for a 1:45 p.m. start.  

For updates and more information on Oklahoma men's gymnastics, follow the Sooners on Twitter and Instagram (@OU_MGymnastics) and like Oklahoma Men's Gymnastics on Facebook.

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