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Men's gymnastics: Sophomore Michael Squires wins national championship on rings

Squires is one of eight All-Americans for OU. The sophomore is a walk-on from Edmond.
From Staff Reports Published: April 21, 2013
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Michael Squires won a national title on rings, and Oklahoma had eight All-Americans crowned Sunday at the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships at Rec Hall.

The sophomore walk-on from Edmond scored a 15.775 while winning his first national championship. Squires was also earned All-American for the first time. The title came a day after helping the Sooners finish second in the team championship. Squires is the first Sooner gymnast to win on rings since Jonathan Horton in 2008.

“(Saturday) was probably my most confident set just because we had made it to the team finals and we were just trying to put it all out on the line,” Squires said. “I woke up (Sunday) morning felling nervous. I didn't get much sleep, I was just thinking of my set.

“It is funny because I normally don't hear anything during my set, but today I was able to hear everything cheering me on and that definitely gave me the roll to keep going.”

Kanji Oyama (floor), Michael Reed (pommel horse), Chris Stehl (rings), Alec Robin (vault), Danny Berardini (parallel bars), Robin (high bars) and Ethan Jose (high bars) were also All-Americans. Robin is a three-time All-American after winning the award twice Sunday and once Saturday for all-around.