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Written by Mario Bravante

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Razorback Men’s Tennis (3-0) looks to stay undefeated in Fayetteville when the Hogs continue their homestand with a match against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (3-2) on Wednesday, Feb. 3. First serve at the Billingsley Tennis Center is set for 4 p.m. CT.

Match 4 Info

Opponent: Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 3

Location: Billingsley Tennis Center

First Serve: 4 p.m. CT

Live Stats: bit.ly/3rcQ1IQ

PlaySight: bit.ly/38RMCc9

Last Time Out

The Razorbacks picked up their second-straight sweep on Saturday, Jan. 30 with a 7-0 win against Illinois State. Arkansas won the doubles point for the second match this season, taking all three doubles courts. Arkansas then took the first set at every position against the Redbirds and eventually racked up five straight-set wins. After winning all six in singles play against ISU, the Razorbacks have now won all 18 singles points this season.

Scouting the Golden Hurricane

After dropping a pair of matches to Oklahoma State and TCU to open the season, Tulsa has now won three straight. The doubles pairing of Kody Pearson and Connor Di Marco were ranked No. 29 in the ITA preseason rankings, while Pearson was tabbed at No. 67 in singles. Pearson and Di Marco earned a doubles win over No. 24 Tadeuas Paroulek/Sander Jong of TCU by a score of 6-4. Pearson has traditionally played at the No. 1 spot, but sophomore Ezequiel Santalla got the start at the top spot against Oral Roberts on Friday, Jan. 29.

Quick Hits

>> The Razorbacks look to avenge a 4-3 loss to Tulsa last season after taking three-straight matches against the Golden Hurricane.

>> Arkansas is a perfect 18-0 in singles action this season.

>> Alex Reco is 12-1 in singles over the last two dual seasons and ranked No. 72 by the ITA.

>> Melvin Manuel has won 36 games compared to just the eight he has dropped this spring.

>> The Razorbacks return Reco and Paya who recorded points against Tulsa last season.

Sunday, 31 January 2021 21:23

SOONERS DOMINATE IN LITTLE ROCK

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EXTRA MATCH RESULTS (PDF) | DUAL RESULTS (PDF) HIGHLIGHTS: OU 34, LITTLE ROCK 6

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The 22nd-ranked Oklahoma wrestling team earned an unblemished 3-0 record at the Little Rock quad-dual after defeating Little Rock, South Dakota State and No. 21 Stanford in dual action. The Sooners were especially good at the heavier weights, compiling a 12-3 record on the day in all weight classes above 165.

"It was a good day of wrestling for us, any time you can get three wins it is a good day," head coach Lou Rosselli said after improving to 5-3 in 2021. "I think that Stanford is a pretty good team, South Dakota State is always tough and Little Rock has some guys that can present some challenges, so we are happy to get out of here with three victories. Today will help create some momentum as we start to look to Bedlam next Sunday."

After narrowly dropping the first match of the dual with Big 12-foe South Dakota State, 7-6, the Sooners (5-3, 2-2 Big 12) used Tony Madrigal's pin at 133 to take a lead that they wouldn't surrender. Following the loss at 125, the Sooners wouldn't surrender a takedown on the scorecard until the match at 165. The win moved Oklahoma back to .500 in conference play heading into the Bedlam showdown on Feb. 7 in Norman.

The Sooners dropped their first two bouts in the dual vs. Little Rock but won the final eight bouts, including five by tech fall to dominate the Trojans 34-6. The five tech falls are the most for an Oklahoma team since Rosselli arrived in Norman in 2016, beating the previous high of four, set in a 53-0 drubbing of Sacred Heart in 2017.

After another rocky start in dual action, The Sooners stormed back in the second half vs. the Cardinal after trailing 12-3. Troy Mantanona kicked the comeback off with a fall (2:02) at 165 pounds, and the Sooners kept on rolling, winning the dual's final five bouts to claim the 21-12 upset. The win marks the eighth win over a ranked opponent under Rosselli and the first of 2021.

Mason Naifeh went 0-3 on the day but was close in each bout, losing each time by just a single point.

At 133 pounds, No. 19 Tony Madrigal got the second pin of his career when he put SDSU's Trayton Anderson against the mat in the first period. He ended his day with a pair of losses to Paul Bianchi, 8-5, and an overtime loss to Jason Miranda from Stanford.

No. 7 Dom Demas shined on Sunday, defeating No. 22 Clay Carlson (SDSU) via 3-2 decision before securing a 16-1 tech fall vs. Little Rock's Jaylen Carson. In the day's final match, he turned the jets back on to earn a 6-2 decision over Luciano Arroyo (STAN) and give the Sooners their first points of the dual. Demas (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) will look to continue his winning streak vs. Oklahoma State on Feb. 7.

No. 13 Mitch Moore opened his day with a pair of wins before suffering his first defeat of the year vs. Stanford's No. 14 Jaden Abas. The junior moves to 7-1 on the season with his two wins.

At 157 pounds, No. 11 Justin Thomas won his first two matches by a combined score of 20-0 nothing, including a 16-0 tech fall over Little Rock's Noah Aziere in the first period. He dropped a 5-4 decision to Requir Van der Merwe in the Stanford dual, just his second loss of the season.

Troy Mantanona moved into the lineup for the Sooners at 165 pounds on Sunday and defeated Alex Hernandez (LR) via a 6-5 decision in his first bout of the day. But Mantanona shined in the dual with No. 21 Stanford. With his team trailing 12-3 heading into the dual's second half, Mantanona was able to turn Tyler Eischens in the first period and pin him to secure the fall and bring No. 22 Oklahoma within striking distance of the Cardinal. The San Francisco State transfer's win would jumpstart the Sooners' comeback that saw Rosselli's team win out and knock off the Cardinal.

"If I had to give a game ball to anyone, it would be Troy," Rosselli said. "Here is a guy who didn't know he was going to be in the starting lineup until we called on him, and he goes and gets a win vs. Little Rock and then pins the guy in the Stanford dual. That pin was huge for us; we were down 12-3 at that time and his pin put us back in the fight and gave us momentum. I'm really proud of him today."

In the day's first bout at 165, Jake Stiles fell 22-11 to SDSU's Colten Carlson.

No. 22 Anthony Mantanona was downed 7-5 in his first match of the afternoon after surrendering a last-second takedown to SDSU's Cade King. But the All-American bounced back later in the day, winning via 15-0 tech fall over Triston Wills (LR) and 8-7 over Stanford's Jared Hill after escaping at the buzzer.

Darrien Roberts made his case to the pollsters after going 3-0 on the day and outscoring opponents 28-7, including a 15-0 tech fall over Little Rock's Tanner Mendoza, the first of his Oklahoma career. The sophomore from Bethlehem, Pa., now boasts a 6-2 record in 2021, and his last win of the day was the 20th of his career.

Jake Woodley dropped his match with No. 9 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) 6-1 but got back on track in the afternoon by picking up two wins. He won via 16-1 tech fall over LR's Dylan Johnson and 5-1 over Stanford's Haydn Maley to help deliver the Oklahoma upset.

A week after going toe-to-toe with two of the country's best, No. 24 Josh Heindselman proved that he deserved his spot in the rankings by going undefeated on the day and defeating No. 9 Nathan Traxler (STAN) via a 10-5 decision to finish off the Sooners' victory.

"Josh is just such a tough kid who finds ways to win," Rossell said. "There are some things we can improve on the mat, but I know that when he steps out onto the mat I know that he is going to give every ounce he has to this team and the Sooners. That's why I like watching him wrestle so much, it's because he goes out there and gives it his all, which is what I want to see."

Following the duals, a number of Sooners competed in extra matches for NCAA-qualifying purposes. Caleb Tanner and Willie McDougald both picked up the first wins of their collegiate careers, while five other Sooners picked up victories.

The Sooners now turn their focus to No. 5 Oklahoma State, who they'll play host to at 1 p.m. on Feb. 7 inside Lloyd Noble Center. Fans can purchase their Bedlam tickets now.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A two-day team scored Razorback Invitational is the next stage for the No. 1 Razorbacks as they host a pair of top 10 teams in No. 3 Georgia and No. 6 Southern California amid a field that also includes Colorado, Iowa State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Oregon.

Live Stream

Friday (5:30 p.m. CT): SEC Network+ Friday

Saturday (12:30 p.m. CT): SEC Network+ Saturday

Live ResultsRazorback Invitational results

The line-up of schools competing this weekend at Randal Tyson Track Center normally would indicate a strong distance field along with an elite level distance medley relay. However, the women’s distance medley was canceled when the field became limited due to various circumstances.

“The mile, 3k and 5k are going to be heavily matched between Ole Miss and ourselves,” said Arkansas women’s head coach Lance Harter. “Oregon’s distance women are dealing with covid and knocked a bunch of them out. Colorado is focusing on March 15 for NCAA cross country, so we’ll only see a couple of their athletes.

“There will still be a sprinkling of All-Americans in the distance events, so there is still plenty of quality. It could have been much deeper, but the west coast is struggling right now.”

The Razorbacks currently have the top three times in the nation for both the mile and the 3,000m. Racing in the 5,000m this weekend are a crew of six Razorbacks, led by defending SEC Indoor champion Katie Izzo. She is joined by Taylor Ewert, Abby Gray, Lauren Gregory, Gracie Hyde and Logan Morris.

Gregory, named the SEC Runner of the Week, paced the squad over 3,000m last week, producing a collegiate-leading time of 9:01.44, which ranks fifth on the 2021 world list.

“Lauren is very, very gifted and unbelievably talented in the classroom,” noted Harter of the biomedical engineering student. “Everything she gets into is 100%, she’s all activity 100%. She has really started to mature and really focus on the gifts that she has as an elite athlete. She has a future as a post-collegian and is starting to really buy into that.

“What we are starting to see in racing these past couple of weekends are the talents Lauren has been blessed with.”

A pole vault field of 18 entrants will include seven Arkansas vaulters as they see competition from five Georgia vaulters.

“The pole vault is going to be a duel between Arkansas’ contingent against the Georgia contingent,” said Harter.

Razorback Nastassja Campbell improved to 14-2 in the pole vault last week and took over sole possession of the No. 10 position on the Arkansas all-time list. She was previously tied with Katie Stripling and Ariel Voskamp at a height of 14-1.25, when she won the Arkansas Invitational two weeks ago.

With USC making a return visit after competing at the Tyson Center last week, the Trojans will offer another challenge for the Arkansas sprinters and hurdlers.

USC produced collegiate leading times in the 60m with Twanisha Terry’s 7.14 and in the 400m from Bailey Leer’s 52.55 in the Wooo Pig Classic. Another Trojan, Mecca McGlaston, posted the second fastest collegiate time this season in the 60m hurdles at 8.08.

Arkansas improved their world-leading time in the 4×400 relay last week with a 3:32.18 as USC finished second in 3:32.44, which is currently third on the world list. They battle once again with Georgia and Mississippi State joining the fray.

“The hurdles are going to be outstanding with USC hurdlers and our hurdles, plus Georgia and Mississippi State each have a good one,” stated Harter. “The 400 is kind of who’s-who in the nation with USC and our crew.”

Leading the Razorback sprint crew are Morgan Burks-Magee, third among collegians at 52.81, Jayla Hollis, equal seventh in the 200m (23.31), and Jayda Barlark, 10th in the 60m (7.32).

Competing in the pentathlon for Arkansas is G’Auna Edwards, the 2020 SEC bronze medalist who scored 4,047 points and moved to No. 10 on the Razorback all-time list.

Thursday, 28 January 2021 20:03

Warrior Archers Place at Bentonville Tournament

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Submitted by Hank Austin

Shady Point Archery team members Brayli Beason and Hayden Shadwick both placed first at the Bentonville, Arkansas archery tournament on January 23rd.

Beason was the top middle school female out of 59 girls and Shadwick was the top middle school male out of 72 boys. Both also finished as top female and male out of all competitors, grades 4-12.

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Final Scores

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas gymnastics team was firing on all cylinders last night, posting the third-highest team score in program history in its 197.425 – 197.250 loss to the No.1 Florida Gators in Barnhill Arena on Friday night.

The first rotation sparked a great start for the Gymbacks, with back-to-back career-highs from junior Abby Johnston and freshman Jordan Olszewski. The pair scored a 9.825 and 9.850 respectively on their Yurchenko fulls. Junior Amanda Elswick anchored the Arkansas vault lineup and led the team with a 9.875 on her Yurchenko full. The Razorbacks finished the first rotation with a 49.150, matching their season high from the previous week.

The Gymbacks continued to rise in the second rotation, scoring a season-best 49.375 in the event. All five countable scores hit for 9.850 or higher, including a season-high leadoff performance from Bailey Lovett, who’s ray and bail handstand wowed the fans inside Barnhill Arena. Consecutive 9.900s from Kennedy Hambrick and Maggie O’Hara helped Arkansas to its season-best rotation. Hambrick’s full-twisting double-back dismount and O’Hara’s double-layout dismount were beautifully executed in their strong finishes.

Arkansas posted another season-best on the beam with a hefty 49.350 from the beam team. O’Hara scored a 9.925 for the second week in-a-row, executing her split-jump double-stag brilliantly. Hambrick and Lovett also added to the all-around solid third-rotation. Lovett’s caught the attention of the judges with her backflip catch mount and nailed her front ariel-back layout series, earning a 9.900 for her routine. Hambrick’s cartwheel gainer-full dismount earned her a 9.900 as well, competing for the Gymbacks in the anchor spot for the third-straight week.

Heading into the final rotation, the Gymbacks trailed by only .125 to the top-ranked Gators with a cumulative 147.875 through three rotations. Arkansas brought the heat on the floor, as usual with a huge 9.875 from Abby Johnston in the leadoff position and a career-high 9.800 from Madison Hickey in the second slot. Lovett highlighted the floor team scores with a season-best 9.925, showing off her famous sky-high double-layout first pass.

The Razorbacks will hit the road next week and visit Athens, Ga. on Jan. 29, home of the Georgia Bulldogs the Friday night meet will air on the SEC Network at 7:30 p.m. CT. Arkansas will have a bye week before returning to action at Kentucky on Feb. 12 at 6:00 p.m. CT.

Visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com for the latest information on all things Arkansas Gymnastics. You can also find the Hogs on social media by liking us on Facebook (Arkansas Razorback Gymnastics) and following us on Twitter and Instagram (@RazorbackGym).

Monday, 18 January 2021 12:06

SOONERS REMAIN NO. 2 IN THE NATION

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NORMAN – The Oklahoma women's gymnastics team remained steady as the No. 2 team in the country after defeating then-No. 3 Utah Sunday afternoon.

Florida remained at No. 1 with a 197.375 average. Michigan (197.225) and Minnesota (197.025) made their debut in the top five after competing for the first time in 2021 over the weekend. LSU (196.913) rounded out the top five teams.

OU holds the No. 2 spot on bars (49.363), the No. 3 spot on beam (49.313), the No. 4 spot on vault (49.238) and ranks sixth on floor (49.325).

Seven Sooners earned 10 individual rankings this weekend. Anastasia Webb leads the way with four rankings. The senior is ranked fourth nationally in the all-around (39.563), third on beam (9.925), 11th on vault (9.888) and 20th on floor (9.888).

Three freshmen are ranked with Audrey Lynn at No. 12 on vault (9.875), Katherine LeVasseur at No. 11 on bars (9.900) and Audrey Davis at No. 15 on bars (9.887).

Senior Carly Woodard holds a top-10 ranking, coming in at No. 6 on beam (9.900). Junior Emma LaPinta is also ranked in the top-10 on floor at No. 10 with a 9.900 average. Sophomore Jenna Dunn rounds out the ranked Sooners at No. 17 on beam (9.875)

The Sooners will face their first road test on Friday when they take on West Virginia at 6 p.m. CT in Morgantown, W.Va.

OKLAHOMA TEAM RANKINGS
  Ranking Average
Overall 2 197.238
Vault 4 49.238
Bars 2 49.363
Beam 3 49.313
Floor 6 49.325
INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
Gymnast Event Rank Score
Audrey Davis UB 15 9.887
Jenna Dunn BB T-17 9.875
Emma LaPinta FX T-10 9.900
Katherine LeVasseur UB    T-11     9.900
Audrey Lynn VT 12 9.875
Anastasia Webb AA 4 39.563
  VT T-11 9.888
  BB 3 9.925
  FX T-20 9.888
Carly Woodard BB 6 9.900
Sunday, 17 January 2021 21:01

SOONERS ROLL TO PAIR OF ROAD VICTORIES

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Oklahoma wrestling team got into the win column on Sunday afternoon by defeating Bucknell 29-9 and West Virginia 21-9 at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown.

The Sooners' (2-1, 1-0) night was highlighted by pins from Mitch Moore and Josh Heindselman, in addition to Mason Naifeh's top-20 win and first of his Oklahoma career. After Sunday's tri-meet, Oklahoma boasts four undefeated (3-0) wrestlers in its starting lineup. 

With the win over West Virginia, the Sooners notch their first win to open conference play since 2016. 

"I thought a lot of our guys did a nice job today and it's always good to work on winning habits," head coach Lou Rosselli said. "Our guys that did well can start to take the next step by focusing for the full seven minutes and getting more bonus points for us. But at the end of the day, winning is habitual and the more that you do it, the more it'll happen."

Starting the day off for the Sooners was Tommy Hoskins (1-2) at 125 pounds vs. Bucknell's Brandon Seidman. Hoskins entered the third period locked in a 2-2 tie but surrendered an escape and takedown to drop the match 5-3. 

Mason Naifeh (1-1) got his first win as a Sooner in Oklahoma's second dual of the day when he defeated No. 17 Killian Cardinale with a last-second takedown to win 3-1. The OU redshirt senior battled the Mountaineer the entire match, fending off shots from Cardinale and was able to circle around the WVU 125-pounder's last attempt to secure the win. Naifeh's win marked the start of a five-match winning streak for the Sooners vs. West Virginia. 

At 133, No. 11 Tony Madrigal (1-2) lost his first bout via 4-1 decision to Bucknell's Darren Miller. But the junior was able to get back on track vs. the Mountaineers when he took care of business vs. Joey Thomas, earning a convincing 4-1 decision. 

No. 6 Dom Demas (3-0) continued to show why he is considered one of the country's top wrestlers. Demas, ranked sixth nationally, won a major decision (16-5) over Bucknell's Kurt Phipps and followed that performance with an 8-3 win over WVU's Jeffrey Boyd. His two wins on Sunday marked his 14th and 15th wins in his last 16 matches dating back to last season.

Making just his second appearance in the Crimson and Cream, No. 13 Mitch Moore (3-0) won via fall (0:25) in his bout with Logan Sanom from Bucknell. Moore's pin after 25 seconds marks the 17th and fastest win via fall of his career.The win gave the Sooners a lead vs. the Bison that they wouldn't surrender. In his second match of the day, Moore had to work to secure a 4-2 decision over WVU's Brayden Roberts.

Reigning Big 12 wrestler of the Week Justin Thomas improved to 3-0 on the season by defeating Nick Delp (7-5) and Walker Heard (8-2). The redshirt senior, who is ranked 13th nationally, has been on a tear for the Sooners, winning 15 of his last 19 matches.

Jake Stiles (0-3) dropped a pair of tough bouts vs. ranked opponents, losing 8-2 and 2-1 to No. 9 Zach Hartman and No. 24 Peyton Hall, respectively.

No. 9 Anthony Mantanona (3-0) righted the ship at 174 pounds for the Sooners by winning his first match via a 6-2 decision over Bucknell's Frankie Guida and a dominating 13-7 win over Scott Joll.

Darrien Roberts split his Sunday matches to move to 2-1 on the year. Both matches were close, as the Oklahoma sophomore beat Sam Barnes, 4-3, before dropping his match with Anthony Carman, 7-6.

At 197 pounds, No. 13 Jake Woodley (1-2) brought the pressure in his first test of the day, earning bonus points for the Sooners by winning 16-5 over Mason McCready. In the WVU dual, the redshirt junior battled with No. 1 Noah Adams but couldn't score a last-minute takedown to win, dropping the match 3-2. His decision over McCready marked the 40th win of his career. 

Josh Heindselman (2-1) picked up his first collegiate victory in dramatic fashion when he pinned Bucknell's Dorian Crosby after 4:40. He then turned around to defeat West Virginia's Michael Wolfgram and move to 2-1 on the young season.

Next up for the Sooners is No. 21 Northern Iowa and No. 10 Iowa State in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Sunday, Jan. 24. The format will be similar to the WVU-tri that the Sooners competed in this weekend. The UNI-tri will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Extra Matches
125: Tommy Hoskins (OU) def. Colton Drousias (WVU) (MD 11-1)
141: Zack Zeamer (OU) def. Caleb Rea (WVU) (Dec. 3-0)
149: Liam Lusher (WVU) def. Cam Picklo (OU) (Dec. 12-11)
149: Matt Kolonia (BU) def. Cam Picklo (OU) (FALL, 2:02)
184: Jackson Moomau (WVU) def. Carson Berryhill (OU) (Dec. 5-1)

OU 21, WVU 9
Wt. Result Score
125 Naifeh (OU) def. No. 17 Cardinale 3-1
133 No. 11 Madrigal (OU) def. Thomas 4-1
141 No. 6 Demas (OU) def. Boyd 8-3
149 No. 13 Moore (OU) def. Roberts 4-2
157 No. 13 Thomas (OU) def. Heard 8-2
165 No. 24 Hall def. Stiles (OU) 2-1
174 No. 9 Mantanona (OU) def. Joll 13-7
184 Carman def. Roberts (OU) 7-6
197 No. 1 Adams def. No. 13 Woodley (OU) 3-2
285 Heindselman (OU) def. Wolfgram 6-2

 

OU 29, BUCKNELL 9
Wt. Result Score
125 Seidman def. Hoskins (OU) 5-3
133 Miller def. No. 11 Madrigal (OU) 4-1
141 No. 6 Demas (OU) def. Phipps 16-5
149 No. 13 Moore (OU) def. Sanom FALL (0:25)
157 No. 13 Thomas (OU) def. Delp 7-5
165 No. 9 Hartman def. Stiles (OU) 8-2
174 No. 9 Mantanona (OU) def. Guida 6-2
184 Roberts (OU) def. Barnes 4-3
197 No. 13 Woodley (OU) def. McCready 16-5
285 Heindselman (OU) def. Crosby FALL (4:40
Sunday, 17 January 2021 20:29

Gymbacks See Improvements In Loss To LSU

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FINAL SCORES

FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas gymnastics team saw improvements across the board on Friday night in the Gymbacks’ home opener in Barnhill Arena, but fell to the LSU Tigers 197.275 – 196.625.

The first rotation brought a lot of promise for the Razorbacks, with four consecutive 9.800 vaults. Abby Johnston, Savannah Pennese, Jordan Olszewski and Sarah Shaffer all contributed to the solid rotation. Junior Kennedy Hambrick anchored the vault team, sticking her Yurchenko one and half and closing out vault with a 9.900, giving Arkansas a 49.150.

Anchoring the bars tonight for Arkansas was graduate transfer Maggie O’Hara. For the second week in-a-row, O’Hara shine for the crowd, showing off her blind-change jaeger and bail handstand for the judges. She would stick her double-layout dismount, securing a career-high 9.950 and the bars title for the second straight week.

O’Hara earned her second event title of the night on the beam, scoring a 9.925 after beautifully executing her side-ariel back handspring series and side-ariel 1.5 dismount. Sarah Shaffer and Sophia Carter continued with crucial hit routines of their own, each scoring a 9.900. Hambrick’s back handspring layout on the beam would earn her a 9.825 in the sixth spot, for a team total of 49.325, the eighth highest in program history.

The Gymbacks went above and beyond on the floor tonight, finishing with a 49.500 as a team. Junior transfer Abby Johnston started the rotation with a double-pike first pass and double-back last pass, finishing her first floor party in Barnhill Arena with a 9.875 in the lead off spot. Shaffer and Hambrick consistently showed up for the Gymbacks tonight, delivering another pair of 9.900s. Shaffer’s stability for the Gymbacks paid off dividends, as the redshirt-senior wrapped up her final home opener as a Razorback with a career-high 39.525 in the all-around.

Redshirt-sophomore Bailey Lovett’s stellar double-layout first pass is always a show-stopper and helped the Razorbacks with the third-straight 9.900 on the floor.

In true Sophia Carter fashion, the senior pulled the curtains on an exciting night in Barnhill Arena with gorgeous performance, highlighted by her double-back first pass and switch half-split full. Carter earned a 9.925 for her routine for the second week in-a-row.

Visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com for the latest information on all things Arkansas Gymnastics. You can also find the Hogs on social media by liking us on Facebook (Arkansas Razorback Gymnastics) and following us on Twitter and Instagram (@RazorbackGym).

Sunday, 17 January 2021 20:11

SOONERS TOP RED ROCKS IN TOP-THREE BATTLE

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NORMAN - The No. 2 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team defeated the third-ranked Utah Red Rocks, 197.025-196.550 Sunday afternoon inside the Lloyd Noble Center.

"We certainly came in here motivated today with Utah coming to town," head coach K.J. Kindler said. "Definitely a challenging rival to compete against after a great opening week last week. We are just starting out for the season and there's a lot of learning to be done and today we are going to learn from that. To go against No. 3 in your second week is awesome. It's a great opportunity and at the end of the day we came out with a win and I'm pretty happy about that considering I know they can be a whole lot better than they were today."

OU won three of four event titles with senior Anastasia Webb taking home vault, freshman Audrey Davis taking home bars and Emma LaPinta earning a share of the floor title.

"Evy Schoepfer really stood out to me today," Kindler said. "She stepped into the beam lineup and as a senior she hit three pretty dynamic events. I was really proud of her. Our senior class took the helm and took the reigns and said 'we know how to do this, we've done this before.' I felt like they really gave the team a lot of confidence. Our freshman performed really well. Audrey Davis and Kat LeVasseur were both great again, so kudos to them."

The Sooners had an uncharacteristic vault rotation, going 49.150 to Utah's 49.275 on bars. Davis matched her season-best from week one with a 9.825 in the leadoff spot. LeVasseur notched a career-high on a nearly stuck Yurchenko 1.5 for a 9.875 in the No. 4 spot. Webb was the highlight of the rotation with a stunning 1.5 for a season-best 9.925. Senior Evy Schoepfer wrapped up the rotation with a 9.80.

OU used a strong rotation on bars to take the lead after two rotations, 98.450-98.275. The Sooners posted a 49.300, led by a career-high 9.9 in the anchor spot from Davis. Senior Karrie Thomas led things off with a 9.825, followed by a career-high 9.875 from LeVasseur who nailed her dismount. Senior Jordan Draper matched her career high with a 9.850 in the No. 3 spot. Webb was stunning as always, showcasing her beautiful pak salto and a stuck landing for a 9.850 in the No. 5 spot.

The Sooners posted a 49.225 on beam to Utah's 49.300 on floor to lead by .100 after three rotations. Sophomore Jenna Dunn showcased a crowd favorite in her triple series before nailing her gainer full dismount for a 9.9 in the No. 3 spot. Sophomore Ragan Smith was confident on her series and stuck her dismount for a season-high 9.9 in the No. 4 spot. Webb tallied the third 9.9 score of the night on beam with another elegant routine in the anchor spot.

"Jenna, Ragan and Anastasia had phenomenal routines on beam," Kindler said. "In fact, I thought everyone had solid routines. A couple of dismount misses and you would have had 9.9s across the board on that event. I was pleased, definitely, with beam."

OU pulled out the win with a strong floor rotation. Draper led off the final rotation by getting the crowd going with her upbeat routine for a season-high 9.875. Schoepfer kept the energy going with a solid performance for a 9.85 in the No. 2 spot. Junior LaPinta matched her career high for the second-straight week with a 9.9 in the No. 3 spot thanks to her triple twist and double tuck. Webb tallied a 9.850 in the No. 4 spot to bring her all-around total to a 39.525. Smith put up a 9.875 in the No. 5 spot as the Sooners notched a season-best 49.350 on the event.

"Jordan is better than she's ever been," Kindler said. "You can't have a better starter than Jordan. No one has more energy than Jordan Draper and that's not just on the floor, but in real life. She's bubbly and outgoing and always ready to go. That event was so important because we had to bring the win home and whatever she did there was going to set the tone. We know we can count on Jordan. She's been remarkable."

Up next is a conference battle as the Sooners travel to West Virginia on Friday, Jan. 22. The meet is set for a 6 p.m. CT start in Morgantown, W.Va.

TEAM SCORES
  Vault Bars Beam Floor
OU 49.150 49.300 49.225 49.350
Utah 49.000 49.275 48.975 49.300
HIGH SCORES
Event Gymnast Score
Vault Anastasia Webb (OU) 9.925
Bars Audrey Davis (OU) 9.900
Beam Maile O'Keefe (UTAH) 9.950
Floor Emma LaPinta (OU), Sydney Soloski 9.900
AA Maile O'Keefe (UTAH) 39.550
OU TEAM HIGHS
Event Gymnast Score
Vault Anastasia Webb 9.925
Bars Audrey Davis 9.900
Beam Anastasia WebbRagan SmithJenna Dunn 9.900
Floor Emma LaPinta 9.900
AA Anastasia Webb 39.525

 

The final results show that in the high school division Locust Grove Public School took 1st place with 3324 points, Macarthur High School took 2nd place with 3228 points, and Chandler High School took 3rd place with 3157 points2.

The top high school boys were Trenton Gardner with 295 in 1st place, Kolby Chancellor with 292 points in 2nd place and Kyzer Guthrie with 289 Points in 3rd place.

The top high school girls were Felicia Thompson and Emma Apker tied for 1st place with 283 points and Taylor Knight in 3rd place with 280 points.

In the middle school division, Locust Grove Middle School took 1st place with 3305 points. Shady Point Schools got 2nd place with 3188 points. Charleston Middle School placed 3rd with 3129 points.

The top middle school boys were Wyatt Avery with 288 points placing 1st, Jaeger Ingram placing 2nd with 284 points, and Christian Moehle placing 3rd with 283 points.

The top middle school girls were Jeralyn Ingram 1st place with 291 points, Raeghan Rivers 2nd place with 287 points, and Kylie Bird with 279 points.

In the elementary school division, Locust Grove Upper Elementary was 1st with 2934 points, Charleston Elementary was 2nd with 2588 points, and Brushy School was 3rd with 2438 points.

The top elementary school boys were Conner Davenport in 1st place with 274 points, Joe Brooks in 2nd place with 266 points, and Jett Hardin in 3rd place with 257 points.

The top elementary school girls were Karli Bennett in 1st place with 266 points, Kylee Tugmon in 2nd place with 259 points, and Ali Pierce in 3rd place with 255 points.

Overall individual standings show Trenton Gardner, the highest scoring boy, is ranked 1st with 295 points. Jeralyn Ingram, the highest scoring girl, is ranked 3rd with 291 points.

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