Behind Kanji Oyama, top-ranked Oklahoma overpowers No. 6 Air Force
No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 6 Air Force
NORMAN, Okla. -- Behind a raucous crowd at McCasland Field House, Oklahoma rolled to a 440.700 to 412.200 win against No. 6 Air Force in the Sooners' home opener on Saturday.
OU swept the team and individual event titles in front of a crowd of 933 fans, showing why the Sooners are the top-ranked team in the nation.
"I feel very positive about what the team's potential is," head coach Mark Williams said. "Scoring a 440 tonight and a 443 last week are higher scores than a lot of last season. I really do think we're going to make a run at a national championship this year."
Junior Kanji Oyama took the all-around title with a score of 88.550 highlighted by a 15.150 on floor.
OU improved upon its team score on pommel and vault, recording identical 74.100 totals on each event. Junior All-American Michael Reid notched a team-high 15.250 on pommel, and junior Sergery Resnick and senior Raymond White received some of the biggest cheers of the night, finishing with scores of 15.100 and 15.000, respectively.
On vault, freshman Colin Van Wicklen lit up the scoreboard in his first home meet as a Sooner, earning the event title with a score of 15.050.
The Sooners also totaled a 74.100 on rings where once again they were led by junior national champion Michael Squires with a 15.600.
The team's best event of the night proved to be floor, recording a 74.350. Junior Alec Robin put up a 15.200 and Oyama had a 15.150.
On parallel bars, all six Sooners finished in the top six spots on the leaderboard. Senior Presten Ellsworth and Oyama tied with the top individual routines at 14.800 while freshman Allan Bower totaled a 14.750.
OU closed out on high bar, with Ethan Jose bouncing back from last weekend to lead the night with a score of 14.900.
No. 3 Stanford vs. No 4 California
STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford extended its winning streak against No. 4 California to nine on Saturday evening, earning a convincing 435.200-426.350 victory in the Cardinal’s home opener.
It was the second Stanford win in as many weeks against the Golden Bears after earning the victory last week in Berkeley.
And the results from both meets are eerily similar.
For the second consecutive week Stanford won four of six events, Cardinal gymnasts claimed six individual victories and Akash Modi and Chris Turner delivered standout performances.
After a collegiate debut that earned him conference and national recognition, Akash Modi continued to shine in his debut on The Farm. Modi earned the individual win on parallel bars, delivering an outstanding routine to earn a 15.850. According to the College Gymnastics Association, Modi’s score is the fourth-highest all-time collegiate score since the scoring system was adjusted in 2008.
Modi also posted victories in the all-around with a 90.100 and floor with a 15.400, for the second consecutive week.
No. 7 Illinois and No. 10 Illinois-Chicago at Windy City Invite
CHICAGO -- The Fighting Illini tied for second at the 44th annual Windy City Invitational on Saturday night at the UIC Physical Education Building. The Orange and Blue posted a 436.050 to tie Ohio State, finishing just behind Michigan (437.500). Minnesota placed fourth with a 424.800, followed by Iowa (417.700) and host UIC (395.500).
Redshirt sophomore C.J. Maestas led the Illini, tying for the rings title with a score of 15.500 and placing second on floor with a 15.000.