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In rematch, No. 3 Stanford defeats No. 1 Oklahoma, one week after loss

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Top-ranked Oklahoma was good at the Metroplex Challenge, but on Friday night No. 3 Stanford was a little better.

Despite trailing the Sooners with one rotation remaining, the Cardinal came from behind to defeat OU 445.150 to 442.400. The loss was OU's first of the season and came just six days after the Sooners defeated Stanford in Norman.

Oklahoma had three event champions - freshman Colin Van Wicklen on floor, junior Michael Squires on still rings and senior Stanton Rehkemper on high bar. Freshman Allan Bower also took the all-around title with an 87.800.

No. 4 Ohio State 443.300, T7 California 426.500

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State scored a program best 443.300 Friday night, defeating California 443.300 – 426.500 in its first home meet of the season at St. John Arena.

Three Buckeyes claimed individual event titles against the Golden Bears. Sophomore Jake Martin claimed the high bar and all-around titles, scoring a career-high 15.800 and career-high 89.000, respectively. Freshman Sean Melton earned first-place finishes on floor exercise with a career-high 15.200, vault with a career-high 15.200 and parallel bars, tying his career-high with a 15.400. Junior co-captain Drew Moling claimed the title on rings, scoring 15.700.

In addition, Ohio State also tallied team event bests on floor exercise and parallel bars, with overall scores of 73.800 and 74.350, respectively.

No. 9 Air Force 417.850, Army 416.050

 WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Tallying an Academy-record score of 15.800 to easily win the still rings, Air Force senior Tyler Huebner paced the team to a victory against service academy rival Army on Friday. With a score that was nearly one-point better than the rest of the field, Huebner claimed one of the Falcons' three first-place finishes in the team win.

Huebner became the first Falcon since 2009 to impact the program's top-five as he used a half-point personal improvement to break the previous 2008 mark of 15.700.

Junior Gared Chapman and freshman Chase Cannon added event titles to the Falcons' night, finishing first on the vault and high bar, respectively. Chapman, who also finished fifth on the still rings (13.900), improved his season-high score on the vault by over one point (15.050) for his first event title of the season, while Cannon posted the squad's second-highest score of the year (14.450, a career-high by nearly one point) to earn his first collegiate title.

Several other Falcons placed within the top half of the field in these three events. Junior Jon Spiro finished third on the rings behind a score of 14.700, while sophomore Denis Aurelius took sixth with a 13.800. Senior Ben Zaiser added a sixth-place score of 14.700 on the vault, while Air Force posted three additional top-six placements on the high bar. Junior Skyler Awisus was the runner-up on the high bar with a career-best tally of 14.250, while the pair of freshman Tim Wang and senior Mac Ritchie finished fifth (13.800) and sixth (13.600), respectively.

As a team, the Falcons picked up a narrow 417.850-416.050 win against the 13th-ranked Black Knights. The win marked Air Force's seventh consecutive dual-meet win against Army.