Gymnast Mizoguchi gains more confidence

URBANA — It's one thing to be a member of the U.S. men's gymnastics team and participate in its training program. Illinois junior All-American Tyler Mizoguchi had been there and done that.

It's another to represent your home country in an international meet, something that until recently was missing from Mizoguchi's Team USA resume.

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The Illinois men’s gymnastics team swept the Big Ten Conference’s final weekly awards of the season, with Austin Phillips selected as Gymnast of the Week and Alex Varga as Freshman of the Week.

Phillips shows way for gymnasts

CHAMPAIGN — Austin Phillips placed first in still rings and high bar, leading Illinois to a 354.600-339.100 victory against Illinois-Chicago on Saturday in men's gymnastics at Huff Hall.

Also earning titles for the Illini were Chad Wiest (floor exercise), Daniel Ribeiro (pommel horse), C.J. Padera (parallel bars) and Alex Varga (vault).

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Kennedy caps career with fifth at NCAAs

PHILADELPHIA – Illinois 141-pounder Jimmy Kennedy defeated Missouri's Todd Schavrien 11-1 to take fifth place Saturday at the NCAA wrestling championships.

Teammate B.J. Futrell took eighth place at 133 pounds.

Three gymnasts earn league honors

MINNEAPOLIS – Illinois seniors Allison Buckley and Melissa Fernandez were named first-team All-Big Ten by the league's coaches, and junior Kelsey Joannides earned second-team honors Friday.

"It shows that we are continuing to be a force in the Big Ten," UI interim coach Kim Landrus said. "Having three All-Big Ten selections is not only a great accomplishment for those gymnasts but representative of the strength of our whole team."

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Kennedy claims third at Big Tens

EVANSTON – Jimmy Kennedy beat second-seeded Montell Marion of Iowa 9-6 at 141 pounds to claim third place at the Big Ten meet Sunday. The Illini finished sixth as a team.

"I was pleased with some of our performances and disappointed with a few others, but that's how this tournament always is," Illinois coach Jim Heffernan said.

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Big Ten honors two Illini gymnasts

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