Illini love Pommels

“This moment has been a long time coming,” Illini head coach Justin Spring said. “I have been a part of the NCAA for 10 years as an athlete, an assistant coach and now a head coach, and every time, I was on a team that had a shot at this thing. For the first time, we pulled it off. …

Illinois Wins Men’s Gymnastics National Title

As is so often the case, the Men’s Collegiate Championships was more unpredictable than the Women’s.

… Down by over 3 points going into the final two rotations, Illinois roared back, on of all things, pommel horse. The Illini blew the doors off their hinges, exceeding their season high on the event by nearly 3 points. …

The Illini posted four of the top seven scores on PH, led by Chad Mason’s 15.30, followed by Cole Smith (15.25), Yoshi Mori (15.10) and Maestas (15.10). …

For Ruggeri, Wednesday night’s winner of the Nissen-Emery Award, he must be thankful for the 5th year of eligibility he was granted after last season’s ankle injury at Winter Cup. The extra year enabled him to win the big prize, a national team title, while the Nissen-Emery was icing on the cake. …

Stick It Media – Illini Enter Beast Mode to Win 2012 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Title

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