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March 16, 2014

Sooners not shaken by loss to Buckeyes

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Oklahoma’s men’s gymnastics team walked into Ohio State’s gym Saturday afternoon ranked No. 1. When it was over, Sooner coach Mark Williams said he was “comfortable with how we did.” Also, OU fell 446.05-444.30 to the Buckeyes.

“We competed the way we’re supposed to compete,” Williams said. “I have to hand it to Ohio State, (coach) Rustam Sharipov and his staff for bringing their program back to the top.”

Temple was also part of the triangular but finished a distant third with 402.85 points.

Though the Buckeyes claimed four of the six disciplines, the entire difference could be found on one particular apparatus: pommel horse. On that, Ohio State scored 75.8 — better than it scored anywhere else — and OU scored 74.000.

Despite the loss, OU’s score will actually up the average it takes into the NCAA meet.

“I thought we had a good meet,” Williams said. “In terms of overall hit percentage, I was pleased.

“We could do a little better job of landing dismounts going forward, but for a road competition we did what we could do and I was happy to see us back on track,” Williams said.

OU’s next meet is the MPSF Championships, one they’ll host March 29. After that, it’s the NCAA meet, where the Sooners are sure to see Ohio State again.

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