Feb. 28, 2010

 

Courtesy of Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. - The second-ranked Oklahoma men's gymnastics team defeated No. 6 Minnesota and the Texas All Star Team in Saturday's "Cleveland Elementary Night" in front of 817 fans at the McCasland Field House.

OU (8-0 overall, 3-0 MPSF) posted the highest score in the NCAA this season (359.450) en route to its victory over Minnesota (344.850) and the Texas All Star Team (310.650).

"This was a great night to put up a big score in front of a great crowd," said OU head coach Mark Williams. "It is always nice to go out and perform well in front of the fans and kids from Cleveland."

Leading the Sooners was junior Steven Legendre, claiming his first all-around title of the season with a score of 89.500. The U. S. National Team member also took home individual event titles on floor (16.100) and parallel bars (14.900).

"Steve had a great night. He is such a warrior and to come out and win the all-around, it shows his work ethic and determination," added Williams.

Oklahoma senior Corey English was honored before the meet on "Senior Night" and posted a 14.700 in his pommel horse victory.

"This was a fun night and to have all the support from Cleveland and the fans was great," said English. "Even though we have one more meet left to go at McCasland, this was a great way to end my career at OU. I will never forget this night."

The Sooners swept all six team event titles for the third time this season with wins on floor (63.000), pommel horse (57.400), rings (59.400), vault (63.500), parallel bars (58.250) and high bar (57.900).

Freshman Jacob Dalton posted a 16.150 in his event title on vault, unveiling a Kasamatsu double full, while redshirt-junior Ian Jackson claimed his second title this season on rings with a score of 15.150.

Oklahoma returns to action against MPSF Conference foes No. 4 Stanford and No. 9 Nebraska on March 7 in Lincoln, Neb. The meet will get underway at 2 p.m. (CT) at the Devaney Center.