Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Gymnastics: OU Men Ranked No. 1 in Preseason Poll

For the second consecutive season, the Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team landed the No. 1 spot in the College Gymnastics Association Preseason Coaches Poll.

Coming off their ninth national championship in program history, the Sooners received 373 points and 14 first place votes, double the amount they garnered last year. 2016 NCAA Championships host team Ohio State sits in second place with 340 points while 2015 NCAA Runner-Up Stanford comes in third with 337 points. Penn State and Michigan round out the top five with 303 and 302 points respectively.

“Always an honor to be acknowledged as the preseason number one,” head coach Mark Williams said. “There is a lot of gymnastics to be done between now and April. We’ll be working hard throughout the year to maintain that position to the NCAA Championships.”

Oklahoma has now finished in the top three at the NCAA Championship in 15 consecutive seasons. En route to the 2015 national title the Sooners won their 22ndconference title, the 14th in the last 17 years and broke the single-meet scoring record twice.

OU will look to build on its championship tradition in 2016 as All-Americans Colin Van Wicklen (FX & V), Kanji Oyama (FX & V), Sergey Resnick (PB), Allan Bower (PH & AA), Josh Yee (V), Hunter Justus (SR) and Todd Dowdy (V) all return to help the Sooners defend their title.

The road to Columbus will be a challenging one for Oklahoma. The Sooners will host five top-10 teams in their four home meets, including a showdown with No. 3 Stanford on Saturday, Mar. 5. The road slate won’t be any easier for OU as it travels to three top-6 teams, including a matchup with No. 2 Ohio State on Friday, Mar. 11.

Fans can get an early look at the 2016 Sooner squad as the team as holds its annual Crimson and Cream intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Sam Viersen Gymnastics Center at noon. Admission is free.

Get inside looks at the Sooners throughout the season by liking the OU Men’s Gymnastics Facebook page and by following the team on Twitter and Instagram using the handle @OU_MGymnastics.

2016 CGA PRESEASON COACHES POLL TOP 10


1. Oklahoma (373 points, 14 first place votes)2. Ohio State (340 points, 2 first place votes)
3. Stanford (337 points, 2 first place votes)
4. Penn State (303 points)
5. Michigan (302 points)
6. Illinois (285 points)
7. California (274 points)
8. Minnesota (257 points)
9. Iowa (242 points)
10. Nebraska (218 points)

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