There was no way last week was a fluke.
Oklahoma served notice that it would contend for the 2010 NCAA title when it posted the highest NCAA men’s score this season against Nebraska without having its top two gymnasts compete on all events.
If there was any doubt left that Oklahoma can challenge Illinois and Michigan, which have been seesawing at no. 1, it’s gone now. The Sooners topped former no. 1 Michigan at Michigan Saturday night in Ann Arbor.
Here’s a more detailed recap of that meet, as well as what else went on Friday and Saturday nights in NCAA men’s gymnastics:
Temple vs. Army @ Army: Temple 334.7, Army 325.65. Army’s Ty Smith was the top all-around gymnast (78.7), while Temple gymnasts captured all the event titles. Junior Blake Collins posted the top scores on rings (14.05) and high bar (13.95), while Tyler Croteau was the top gymnast on vault (14.6), Jesse Kitzen-Abelson won pommel horse (14.05), Scott Bloomfield won vault (15.3) and Alex Tigue was the best on parallel bars (14.1). (OwlSports.com)
Illinois vs. Penn State @ Penn State: Illinois 354.6, Penn State 345.95. Penn’s pommel problems left them way behind current no. 1 Illinois, but both teams had gymnasts who won individual titles. Illinois’s Paul Ruggeri won the all-around title over teammate Tyler Mizoguchi, 87.8-85.5. Ruggeri also won parallel bars (15.55) and high bar (15.45), while Illinois junior Daniel Ribeiro won pommel horse (15.8) and vault (16.15). Penn State senior Nick Virbitsky had the top score on floor (15.45), and Miguel Pineda won rings (14.9). (GoPSUSports.com)
Oklahoma vs. Michigan @ Michigan: Oklahoma 354.45, Michigan 354.0. It was close, but the ‘W’ went to Oklahoma, which had better team scores on floor, pommel horse and parallel bars. OU junior Steven Legendre won floor (15.9) freshman star Jake Dalton posted the highest score on parallel bars (14.65) and senior Bobby Shortle won vault (16.1). But Michigan didn’t just collapse — junior Thomas Kelley won the all-around (87.25) and had the highest scores of the meet on rings (15.2) and high bar (15.4). Michigan senior Mel Anton Santander won pommel horse (15.05). (SoonerSports.com)
A complete review of the Pacific Coast Classic, featuring Stanford, Cal and the Japanese collegiate all-star team will be posted Monday. Here’s what’s happening tonight in NCAA men’s gymnastics:
UIC vs. Nebraska, Ohio State and Air Forice @ Nebraska
Brockport vs. Springfield and Temple @ Springfield (New England Invitational)
William & Mary vs. Navy @ Navy
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