gymnastics-men-nc flag | January 17, 2014

Week 2 of the season holds four top-10 rematches already

No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 6 Air Force

Oklahoma moved into the No. 1 spot after a decisive performance at the season-opening Rocky Mountain Open.

The Sooners earned a national-best score of 443.150 on Jan. 11 in Colorado Springs to move up to No. 1 from their No. 2 preseason ranking.

The Sooners' team total finished ahead of Nebraska and Air Force and club teams from Arizona State and Washington.

This Saturday, the Sooners are set to take on No. 6 Air Force at home.

Air Force and Oklahoma saw each other at the Rocky Mountain Open. Air Force came in third at the event.

Tim Wang, the Academy's first all-around competitor since 2011, finished third in the six-event competition after compiling a score of 84.500. Wang also paced the Falcons on the floor exercise (14.750, sixth), while earning top-10 finishes on the pommel horse (eighth, 13.800) and parallel bars (eighth tie, 14.850).

No. 2 Penn State and No. 8 Army at West Point Open

Second week into competition and there is already a rematch set. Then-No. 5 Penn State opened the 2014 campaign with a convincing victory against then-No. 15 Army 431.900-410.300 on Jan. 11.

Trevor Howard won four individual events, while Nestor Rodriguez and Matthew Felleman helped the Nittany Lions sweep the individual event titles, winning the pommel horse and high bar, respectively.

For now No. 8 Army, Jesse Glenn led the Black Knights with a pair of runner-up finishes in two of the six individual events en route to placing second in the all-around scoring with an 84.4. Glenn's career-high 14.9 on high bar earned him runner-up honors and denied Penn State from sweeping the top-four places. He broke his previous high of 14.65 that he set in last year's opener against Penn State.

On Jan. 17  both teams will travel to West Point for the West Point Open. The team competition will take place on Friday and the individuals will be on Satuday.

No. 3 Stanford vs. No. 4 California

In the weekend of early rematches, Stanford will take on California for the second week in a row.

On Jan. 11, Stanford earned a 431.100-425.650 season-opening victory at No. 7 California, extending its winning-streak against the Golden Bears to eight.

For the Cardinal, Chris Turner tied or set collegiate bests on pommel horse (15.050), vault (14.650), parallel bars (14.700) and high bar (14.800).

Cal co-captain Donothan Bailey (87.800), Kevin Wolting (85.450) and Kyle Zemeir (82.150) each competed in the all-around competition and finished second, third and fourth, respectively. The winner of the all-around competition was Stanford freshman Akash Modi, who finished with an 88.150.

The second meeting is scheduled for Saturday at Stanford.

No. 7 Illinois and No. 10 Illinois-Chicago at Windy City Invitational

Illinois and Illinois-Chicago also met on opening weekend. On Saturday the teams, along with others, will battle at the Windy City Invitational.

The Fighting Illini opened its season with a 413.100-393.450 victory against UIC on Jan. 12. Despite using a scaled back lineup in the opener, six Orange and Blue gymnasts captured event titles, while freshman Chandler Eggleston led the way with a win in floor exercise and vault.

For the Flames, Jacob Thurber came away with two third-place finishes and Joseph Hodges finished second on the high bar.

The Windy City Invitational will be Saturday at Illinois-Chicago.

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