Mori powers No. 1 gymnasts

Mori powers No. 1 gymnasts

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman Yoshi Mori won the all-around, parallel bars and high bar to lead top-ranked Illinois past No. 5 Ohio State in men's gymnastics Saturday.

Mori scored 87.400 in the all-around, 14.450 in parallel bars and 15.000 in high bar. Illinois won the team competition 349.700-341.350.

"I was very impressed with Yoshi's performance today," Illinois associate head coach Justin Spring said. "He only had two weeks to train for the all-around and did a great job."

The Illini posted the top score in five of the six events, including rings, in which Ohio State was the nation's top-ranked team.

Tyler Mizoguchi won floor exercise (15.150) and Daniel Ribeiro placed first on pommel horse (15.450).

In women's tennis:

Rebels roll. No. 20 Mississippi won four of five singles matches to defeat Illinois 4-2 in the opening match of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick-Off Weekend at Clemson, S.C.

Megan Fudge won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, and the Illini took the doubles point behind wins from the tandems of Fudge-Breanna Smutko (No. 3) and Chelcie Abajian-Marisa Lambropoulos (No. 2).

"The majority of the team played very, very well today and with the composure, determination and heart we want our program to be known for," Illini coach Michelle Dasso said. "We just need to get everyone to play with that fight and attitude."

In swimming & diving:

Illini lose three. Freshman Erin Rodriguez established a season-best time of 4 minutes, 27.31 seconds in the 400-yard individual medley as Illinois went 0-3 in the final day of the Big Ten Quad Duals in Madison, Wis.

Illinois lost to No. 10 Minnesota (235-95), No. 22 Purdue (198-122) and No. 17 Wisconsin (228-102).

In men's track & field:

Shroka leads way. Greg Shroka cleared 7 feet, 1 inch to capture the high jump and lead the Illini to victory in the three-team Illinois Intercollegiate in Charleston.

In women's track & field:

Illini victorious. Tamika Robinson won the 60-meter dash and the 60 hurdles as the Illini won the Illinois Intercollegiate in Charleston.

In men's tennis:

Illini advance. Dennis Nevolo won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 singles and teamed with Johnny Hamui to help secure the doubles point as Illinois beat Washington 5-0 to advance to the Sweet 16 of the ITA National Indoor Championships.

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