Oklahoma takes hard-fought win against No. 7 Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS -- Top-ranked Oklahoma remained undefeated on the season, battling to a 431.900 - 412.200 win against No. 7 Minnesota at the Sports Pavilion on Saturday.
Things started slowly for the Sooners in the first rotation on pommel horse, managing a 71.100. Senior Raymond White had the best score at 14.600 for the Sooners, who found themselves down after a rotation for the first time all season, 73.450 - 71.100.
OU bounced back quickly on floor, an event in which the Sooners were ranked No. 1 in the country coming in. Led by a 15.200 by freshman Colvin Van Wicklen and a 15.100 from junior Dylan Akers, OU scored a 74.500.
The floor score was the third time in three meets this season that OU has earned a total over 74.000, a mark only one other team in the country has hit just once. Following the Sooners' big score, Oklahoma took over the lead, 145.600 - 140.900.
OU scored 72.400 on vault as Van Wicklen hit a 14.900. Robin added a score of 14.650 and senior Presten Ellsworth earned a 14.550.
Junior Michael Squires scored a 15.000 and freshman Allan Bower received a score of 14.600 on rings, but the Golden Gophers again narrowed the gap after four rotations, leaving the Sooners with a 289.900 - 287.000 margin.
Holding a similar lead going into the final rotation on parallel bars, Bower started things off with a stuck dismount and a 14.700 for Oklahoma. Ellsworth added a 14.400 as OU finished with a score of 70.600 as a team.
No. 2 Michigan, No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 California at Stanford Open
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Michigan captured the team title at the Stanford Open with a team tally of 433.050 on Saturday at Stanford's Burnham Pavilion. The U-M effort was strong enough to knock off No. 6 California, which took second with a 430.300, while No. 4 Stanford took third with a 429.00. Washington, a club team, came in fourth with a 363.65.
The Wolverines began the night on still rings, where senior Alex Bubnov and junior Adrian de los Angeles broke the 15-point plateau with 15.20 and 15.10, respectively. Senior Jordan Gaarenstroom followed with a 14.80. The six-man Michigan lineup collected a 73.85 to start the night.
On vault in the second rotation, de los Angeles once again led the way, scoring a 15.30 on the table, while Tristian Perez-Rivera put forth a 15.05 to assist in a 73.90 for the squad. In the third rotation (parallel bars), program lynchpin Syque Caesar posted a 15.30 as the Maize and Blue scored a 72.00.
The fourth rotation brought forth a troublesome effort, as U-M faltered in scoring a 64.35, with the highest mark coming from junior Nick Hunter, who scored a 14.40. Michigan rebounded in the fifth in the way it needed with a superb 76.20, as Perez-Rivera (15.55) and senior Sam Mikulak -- with a 15.50 -- paced the effort. De los Angeles followed closely with a 15.45.
U-M closed out the night on pommel horse with a 72.75 to seal the victory, as Nolan Novak and Dylan James pitched in matching 14.65s.
De los Angeles took home the all-around title with an 86.80 in his first all-around competition of the season.
No. 5 Penn State at Navy Open
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Penn State powered past the competition on the way to a first-place finish (420.900) at the Navy Open Saturday at Macdonough Hall. As a team, the Nittany Lions swept the field in all six events, while also picking up three individual titles along the way.
Sophomore Trevor Howard led the way with a trio of top five finishes, including a first-place finish on the high bar, winning by a score of 14.600. Howard also placed second on the parallel bars (14.400) and on the still rings, swinging to a season-high score of 15.750.
Sophomore Alexis Torres secured a first-place finish in the floor exercise (14.850), while also registering a third-place finish on the vault with a score of 14.400. Rounding out the group of first-place finishers was junior Craig Hernandez, who captured his first individual title of the year, posting a season-high score of 14.65 on the pommel horse in his third consecutive appearance.
On the high bar, Penn State captured the top three positions, featuring Howard's first-place finish. Junior Matt Felleman followed closely behind with a 14.400, good for second place, while redshirt freshman Leroy Clarke closed out the top three slots with a third-place finish (14.100).
The Nittany Lions claimed spots two, three and four on the vault, led by Felleman, who recorded a 14.500 second-place performance. Torres and junior Ismael Sanabria followed with scores of 14.450 and 14.400 for third and fourth place, respectively.
Freshmen Christian McSwain, Dominic DiFulvio and Jeremy Munn all made contributions to the win. DiFulvio notched a pair of top-10 performances, registering a season-high, fifth-place finish on the parallel bars (15.200) and an eight-place finish in the floor exercise (13.750). McSwain also set a season-high mark, securing a second-place finish on the pommel horse with a score of 14.400.
No. 9 Nebraska vs. Air Force
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska faced former conference rival No. 11 Air Force on Saturday afternoon, winning its home opener with a team score of 420.650. The Falcons came in second earning a score of 415.300.
The Huskers took home five of the six individual event titles up for grabs, missing out on high bar. Senior CJ Schaaf claimed second in the all-around, scoring a solid 81.900.