NORMAN – The four-time defending national champion Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team held its annual intrasquad scrimmage Saturday afternoon inside the Sam Viersen Gymnastics Center. The meet was the first time the 2019 Sooners performed their new routines in front of fans and judges in preparation for the season.
“I was glad we had quite the turnout, even on a day that wasn’t great in terms of weather,” said OU head coach Mark Williams. “We had good enthusiasm and a great start to the beginning of our 2019 season.
Competing in front of a full panel of judges, Oklahoma sent up gymnasts on all six events. The Sooners were missing a few members due to injury and senior Yul Moldauer rested after a busy summer and fall competition schedule.
“We potentially have a very good team and hopefully we can stay healthy, follow the plan and again compete for championships.”
– Head Coach Mark Williams
With the top three scores counting toward the team scores on each event, the white squad edged the red team by a final tally of 250.950 to 250.600.
“Though we were a little slow starting out on the first two events, I felt good about how we finished,” added Williams. “I definitely feel much better about where we are this time of year than where we were this time last year. We potentially have a very good team and
Seniors and team captains Levi Anderson and Genki Suzuki paced the Sooners, putting together strong performances on numerous events. Fellow senior Peter Daggett and junior Matt Wenske also turned in solid scores for the white team to help claim the victory.
The Sooners were strong on vault on Saturday, with both teams recording numerous scores of 14.000-plus. Suzuki, Wenske and sophomore Alexei Vernyi competed all-around for their respective teams, with Suzuki recording the top AA score.
“I think, as a whole, we did a pretty good job. Some people had mistakes, but they stayed focused and finished up their routines, which matters a lot,” said white team captain Suzuki. “It’s good practice. Moving on from now, this was just a stepping stone, our baseline. We have to look at the scores, see what we got deducted on and fix the little things. I’m happy with how we did today and it’s always nice to be the team that wins.”
Oklahoma kicks off its 2019 campaign in Colorado Springs, Colo. with the Rocky Mountain Open on Jan. 12. The home opener is set for Saturday, Jan. 19 against Air Force and Arizona State. The Sooners were recently ranked the preseason No. 1 team and will look to defend their four-straight national championship in 2019.
Season tickets for the OU home slate are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets by calling the University of Oklahoma Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424 or