Gymnast Ruggeri honored

PARK RIDGE — Sophomore Paul Ruggeri was named co-Big Ten Gymanst of the Week on Monday after he won the high bar at the Winter Cup Challenge last weekend.

Wrestlers rally past Wildcats

CHAMPAIGN – No. 15 Roger Smith-Bergsrud's last-second takedown lifted him to a 3-1 victory at 165 pounds Friday night against Northwestern's Dominic Marella and helped the ninth-ranked Illinois wrestlers rally for a 22-13 victory against the No. 16 Wildcats.

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Clapp, fellow seniors enjoy home farewell

Ruggeri gives men's gymnastics team lift in win

CHAMPAIGN – An Illinois senior class so happy to have a home pool closed out its return season to the Athletics and Recreation Center in style Saturday.

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Tate: 21 hot button issues

CHAMPAIGN – It's too late for New Year's resolutions, but with inauguration euphoria subsiding, it's time to chime in with 21 ideas whose time has come.

Of course, our jump-shooting new president may find it easier to uplift the economy and bring peace to the Middle East than influencing Jim Delany and all those college presidents to institute a football playoff, but that's a good place to start. Good luck, Barack. Following are thoughts on 21 hot points of the period.

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Schmidt's legit: Gymnast excelling for nationally ranked Illini

Gymnast, runner grab honors

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ Sarah Schmidt was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week after winning two individual events in the 19th-ranked Illini’s upset of No. 11 Penn State on Saturday.

Botterman, Joannides shine

Senior Marijka Botterman and freshman Kelsey Joannides each won event titles for No. 16 Illinois, which finished second at the Michigan State Quad meet in East Lansing, Mich.