Illinois' Paul Ruggeri won the Nissen-Emery Award, the gymnastics equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. The award is given to the top senior male gymnast. Ruggeri joins David Zeddies (1989), current coach Justin Spring (2006) and Luke Stannard (2010) as the only Illini to ever win the award, which was first given in 1966.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — The accolades keep pouring in for the Illinois men's gymnastics team. A night after the Illini won their fourth straight Big Ten championship, Justin Spring was honored as the conference's Coach of the Year for the third straight year and C.J. Maestas was named the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year as well as Gymnast of the Year.
Photos from the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Regional Championship at the Assembly Hall in Champaign, IL. Saturday, April 7, 2012.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — It wasn't perfect, but they'll take it. Justin Spring's Illinois men's gymnastics team claimed its fourth straight Big Ten championship, outlasting runner-up Penn State 352.950-350.000 on Friday at Iowa. The Nittany Lions are ranked No. 1 in the country.
Gymnastics is in the Illini spotlight this weekend, with Kim Landrus' women hosting an NCAA regional meet on Saturday and Justin Spring's men in Iowa City on Friday and Saturday for the Big Ten Championships. A look at the major storylines, courtesy staff writer JEFF HUTH.
1. Feeling at home
Tyler Mizoguchi, the defending NCAA champion in parallel bars, has been dismissed from the Illini men's gymnastics team.
Illini coach Justin Spring confirmed the dismissal Tuesday night but declined to say why the action was taken. "I'd rather not say anything more," Spring wrote in an e-mail to The News-Gazette.
NORMAL — Willie Argo and his Illinois teammates thought things were going their way in the first inning against Illinois State, but the Illini's fortunes changed quickly Tuesday.
INDIANAPOLIS — Illinois will host an NCAA women's gymnastics regional at 4 p.m. April 7 at the Assembly Hall, the first time that has happened in program history.
"We are more than thrilled to be hosting one of the six NCAA regionals," UI coach Kim Landrus said.
URBANA — Pepper Gay threw a two-hit shutout in the opener and Kelley Wedel hit a walkoff RBI double in the nightcap to lead the streaking Illinois softball team to a Big Ten-opening doubleheader sweep of Minnesota on Saturday at Eichelberger Field.
CARBONDALE — Freshman right-hander John Kravetz (3-0) allowed five hits, struck out four and didn't issue a walk in leading the Illinois baseball team to a 7-2 win against Northern Illinois on Saturday.