Illinois Wins NCAA Championship, Sooners Finish Second

Illinois captures men's gymnastics championship; OU finishes runner-up: Illinois and Oklahoma represent two different and distinct styles. While the Fighting Illini focus on the high-risk, high-reward theory, the Sooners are all about low risk, but flawless execution. In the final round of the NCAA men’s gymnastics championship, it was the Illini who proved to have the better philosophy on the day. They won their first NCAA championship since 1989 by edging out the Sooners 358.85 to 357.45 Friday at Lloyd Noble Center. “I said it all along: it’s going to be the team that stays mentally and physically tough,” Illinois coach Justin Spring said. “It’s been our time for too long. Since I was a freshman we made Super Six. We’ve been a top-three team. We always had the talent. But it was the mental commitment to make those sacrifices.” (Norman Transcript)

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