Oka anchors UI with honors

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Illinois senior Leo Oka placed sixth in the all-around to earn his second All-America honor in a row Friday at the NCAA Gymnastics Championships.

Oka scored 54.075.

"I had solid competition tonight, and I feel very fortunate to be an All-American among such a talented group of all-arounders this year," Oka said. "I only wish our entire team had been on the floor tonight competing for team honors as well."

Oka and senior Linh Hoang qualified for event finals on still rings. Hoang posted a 9.40 and Oka scored a 9.25 to take fourth and seventh, respectively. They'll compete tonight for a spot in the top six, which entail All-America honors.

In the all-around, Oka scored over 9.0 in four of the six events and recorded his second-highest mark in the event this season.

Ohio State, relying on the 1-2 punch of Jamie Natalie and Raj Bhavsar – who finished first and second in the all-around – grabbed an early lead and never let go to capture its third NCAA men's gymnastics title.

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