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February 9, 2014

Sooners roll over Cardinal

NORMAN — Though collegiate gymnastics tend to play out in the form of duals, the final score remains the best indicator of how either team performed.

For instance, Saturday night at Howard McCasland Field House, the No. 1 Oklahoma men upended No. 5 Stanford. That was to be expected.

Then there was the score: Sooners 447.700, Cardinal 437.250. That wasn’t necessarily so expected.

“Sometimes, when you get on a roll the gymnastics gets a lot easier,” OU coach Mark Wiliams said. “The first four events we were really rolling right along.”

Williams went on to say that he was hoping OU might have performed a little better in its last rotation, the high bar, but he may protest too much.

Actually, OU was rolling better than any team had rolled thus far this season by more than three points (a huge margin in a sport that carries its scores out to thousandths of points).

Also, since the scoring system was changed for men’s gymnastics prior to last season, OU’s score is second only to the 447.850 Penn State managed last year.

The Sooners won every discipline but parallel bars. They also had the high finisher on every discipline but parallel bars: Kanji Oyama and Alec Robin on the floor (15.450); Michael Reid on pommel horse (15.500); Michael Squires on rings (16.15), Oyama on vault (15.450) and Colin Van Wicklen on high bar (14.800).

The Sooners return to action Friday in Fort Worth at the Metroplex Challenge.

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