Buckley takes leap forward

CHAMPAIGN – Freshman Allison Buckley captured three individual titles, leading No. 24 Illinois to first place Saturday at the four-team State of Illinois Classic.

Buckley won the all-around, floor exercise and balance beam, giving her 19 titles for the season. Her total is the third best in school history, trailing Nancy Thies' marks of 34 (1976) and 24 ('77).

Armstrong sparkles in defeat

FULLERTON, Calif. – Lana Armstrong drove in Illinois' only run in a 9-1 loss to 14th-ranked Fresno State on Friday at the Judi Garman Classic.

In another tournament game in Walnut, Calif., Armstrong went 1 for 3 with two RBI in the Illini's 5-2 loss against Utah.

Haagensen, Ruggeri lead Illini charge

CHAMPAIGN – Wes Haagensen (89.600) and Paul Ruggeri (84.150) took the top two spots in the all-around competition Saturday as the sixth-ranked Illinois men's gymnastics team defeated No. 5 Michigan 357.150-353.200 at Huff Hall.

In addition to his all-around title, Haagensen won the parallel bars, just ahead of Illinois' Tyler Yamauchi and Brian Liscovitz. Haagensen also netted a second place in the horizontal bar event.

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Hoffman, Illini claim national wheelchair basketball title

CHAMPAIGN – Carlee Hoffman had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the UI women's wheelchair basketball team defeated Alabama 44-43 on Saturday in the title game of the national tournament.

Mexicano ties career home run record

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Illinois' Angelena Mexicano hit her 33rd career home run Friday as the Illini softball team reeled off wins against Rutgers and Central Michigan at the Miken Classic.

Mexicano's blast in an 11-1 victory against the Scarlet Knights tied her with former Illini Jenna Hall for the school's career record.

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Ruggeri, Illini go down swinging

CHAMPAIGN – Paul Ruggeri won individual titles on floor (15.700), vault (16.050) and high bar (14.750) but it wasn't enough as fifth-ranked Illinois lost to top-ranked Penn State in a Big Ten men's gymnastics meet Saturday at Huff Hall.

The Nittany Lions rallied to win 352.300-351.000.

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Wise, Prater key wrestlers' runaway

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Heavyweight John Wise and 141-pounder Ryan Prater each collected major decision wins Sunday to lead the ninth-ranked Illinois wrestling team to a 23-9 win against No. 17 Indiana.

Wise recorded a 9-1 win against Indiana's Nate Everhart, while Prater posted a 10-2 triumph against Scott Kelly.