Led by Michael Reid, the top-ranked Sooners roll past No. 10 Iowa
NORMAN, Okla. -- Top-ranked Oklahoma finished strong and never let up, rolling past No. 10 Iowa 444.300 to 430.600 on Saturday at McCasland Field House.
The Sooners' team score is the highest in program history since the NCAA altered its scoring system and gives OU three meets with scores of 440.00 or more, the most in the country.
Michael Reid stepped up big for Oklahoma on both pommel horse and parallel bars after being put into the p-bars lineup late after an injury to teammate Kanji Oyama. The Sooner junior didn't break a sweat, posting a career-best score of 15.250, the top score of any competitor on the night.
Reid added a score of 15.150 on pommel horse, tying fellow Sooner Sergey Resnick for the event title.
On floor, Oyama set a career high with a 15.300 before an injury in pommel horse forced the junior to sit out the rest of the meet. Senior Raymond White also scored a 15.300 to pace Oklahoma, which finished with a score of 75.450.
Including the pommel horse scores submitted by Resnick and Reid, OU finished with five of the top six individual scores on the event. White scored a 15.100 while junior Alec Robin went 14.800 and freshman Allan Bower scored 14.500 to give OU a 74.700 team score.
Junior Michael Squires continued his domination on still rings, scoring a 15.800 - more than a point higher than the second place finisher. Senior Presten Ellsworth added a 14.600 and Bower kept up his strong performance with a 14.500 for the Sooners.
Freshman Colin Van Wicklen earned his second individual vault title and his best score of the year with a 15.200 to pace the field. Three Sooners - junior Dylan Akers, Bower and Ellsworth - scored 14.600 apiece to give OU a 73.500 team score.
OU went into the night with the goal to finish strong, something the Sooners had not done as well as they have liked so far this season. Against the Hawkeyes OU nailed parallel bars and high bar, scoring 73.300 and 73.950, respectively.
No. 2 Michigan 444.75, No. 4 Ohio State 440.80
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan scored a season-best 444.75 and set season event highs on pommel horse (74.75), still rings (75.10) and high bar (72.75) in a defeat of Ohio State (440.80) on Saturday inside Cliff Keen Arena. The meet also served as the NCAA championship banner event, as captains Syque Caesar and Matt Freeman unveiled the 2013 NCAA championship banner prior to the rivalry meet.
U-M, which led the dual from start to finish, began the day on floor with an outstanding effort, as Mikulak scored a new career high on the exercise with a 15.85 for event title; his performance included a stick bonus of .20. Caesar also had a solid showing, notching a 15.30 for second as U-M led 75.40 to 72.80 after one rotation.
In rotation two, U-M took to the pommel horse, where junior Adrian de los Angeles set a new career best on the apparatus with a 15.15 to take third. Freeman equaled de los Angeles' effort, and Miikulak took second on the event with a 15.30 as U-M led 149.85 to 145.35 with a 74.45 on the event heading into the third rotation.
De los Angeles set his second career mark on still rings in rotation three, as the junior scored a 15.45 to earn second place. U-M distanced itself with a team event tally of 75.10 and led 224.95 to 217.40 heading into the fourth rotation.
Mikulak took his second event title of the afternoon on vault with a 15.30, with a stuck landing, leading the U-M charge of a 73.50 on the event. On parallel bars in the fifth rotation, the Maize and Blue went 1-2, with Caesar notching a 15.60, and junior Stacey Ervin took second with a 15.40 as the Wolverines totaled a 73.25 in all.
The celebratory event was closed out in style in the final rotation, as Caesar took third on the apparatus with a 14.90 to aid in the 72.75 team tally. De los Angeles was the all-around winner on the afternoon, collecting an 88.20 in his six events.
No. 7 Minnesota 435.000, No. 8 Illinois 432.700, No. 9 Nebraska 420.700
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Gophers grabbed their first win of the season Saturday night, as they defeated Big Ten Conference rivals No. 8 Illinois and No. 9 Nebraska in dramatic fashion. The Gophers improved their score from last week by over seven points, finishing with a team score of 435.000 ahead of Illinois (432.700) and Nebraska (420.700).
"When you beat teams as good as Illinois and Nebraska, it's a really satisfying feeling," head coach Mike Burns said.
The meet was capped off by an enthralling finish, as the Gophers and the Illini were tied at 364.000 points apiece after five rotations. The meet came down to the Gophers on high bar against the Illini on the parallel bars.
In their moment of truth, an unexpected hero spurned the team to victory. Senior Sam Wright, an Iowa transfer who had not yet competed for the Gophers this season, set the Gophers' season high score on the high bar with a 14.600. The Gophers finished the event with a season high 71.000 points, more than enough to secure their victory against Illinois.