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Junior Michael Fletcher performs a routine on the parallel bars against Iowa on Feb. 13. The Illinois men's gymnastics team will compete in the NCAA national championships this week as an eight-seed.

Illini to compete in NCAA Championships as 8-seed

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer April 16, 2021

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team has only one weekend of competition left in its season. It’s the weekend the Illini have spent the entire season preparing for: the NCAA men’s gymnastics national...

Sophomore Evan Manivong  sticks his landing and celebrates after by showing off his vaccine card during the meet against Minnesota on March 22. While originally meant as a joke between teammates, Manivong used the stunt to raise awareness about vaccinations.

Manivong goes viral with vaccine card celebration

By Brad Zimmerman, Staff Writer April 12, 2021

During Illinois’ March 22 meet against Minnesota, sophomore Evan Manivong celebrated his stuck vault landing with a move The Athletic’s Olivia Witherite called “the ultimate flex.” After sticking...

Junior Clay Stephens poses on the parallel bars during their meet on Jan. 23. The men's team continues to practice and work on their skills before the NCAA Men's Gymnastic tournament.

Fletcher wins vault, Illinois finishes fourth at Big Ten Championships

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer April 4, 2021

Michael Fletcher can finally add “Big Ten champion” to his resume. The junior all-arounder came close as a freshman in 2019, placing third in the all-around with a score of 82.700. His vault score...

Non-competing members of the Illinois men’s gymnastics team cheer while overlooking a teammate on the pommel horse in a meet against Ohio State Jan. 23. The team is set to compete in Lincoln, Nebraska, this weekend for the Big Ten Championships despite multiple gymnasts being injured.

Illini travel to Lincoln, set for Big Ten Championships

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer April 2, 2021

On Saturday, the Illinois men’s gymnastics team will do something in Lincoln, Nebraska that it hasn’t done in almost two years: compete in the postseason. Last year, the team was nearing the end of...

Michael Fletcher swings himself over the pommel horse at a meet against Ohio State on Jan. 23. Fletcher stepped up against Minnesota this weekend and received the Illini of the Week award for competing all-around seamlessly while most of the team’s top performers were injured.

Illini of the Week: Fletcher steps up for injury-riddled team

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer April 1, 2021

In its regular season finale against Minnesota, the Illinois men’s gymnastics team needed every healthy gymnast to compete, including its walk-ons. The team was, and still is, ravaged by injuries and...

Graduate student Danny Graham celebrates after coming off of the rings at a competition against Iowa on Feb. 13. Graham returned to the team after recovering from a broken tibia and has been performing better than ever.

Graham returns from injury with impressive comeback

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer March 24, 2021

Earlier this month, Danny Graham was named Illinois’ nominee for the Nissen Emery Award, the most prestigious award in college gymnastics. Though Graham wasn’t named a finalist, he is honored just...

The Illini men’s gymnastics team joins a huddle during a meet against Penn State on Jan. 31. The Illini recently competed against, and assumed a narrow win over, the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Monday.

Illinois defeats Minnesota in regular season finale

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer March 22, 2021

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team faced Minnesota on Monday night for the final regular season meet in the more than 80-year history of the teams’ series. Aside from the unfortunate context of the...

Illinois to finish regular season with dual meet against Minnesota

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer March 22, 2021

After spending the last month on a much-needed break from competition, the Illinois men’s gymnastics team will finish its regular season with a dual meet Monday against Minnesota. This meet is not only...

Danny Graham celebrates after a his routine on the rings during a meet against Iowa on Feb. 13, 2021. Graham recently received the Nissen-Emery award, which is the most distinguished award in college gymnastics.

Graham earns College Gymnastics Association’s Nissen-Emery Award nomination

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer March 11, 2021

Illinois’ Danny Graham is one of 11 male collegiate gymnasts who have officially been nominated for the 2021 Nissen-Emery Award, the College Gymnastics Association announced on Thursday. The Nissen-Emery...

Freshman Logan Meyers performs his pommel horse routine during the meet against Iowa on Feb. 13. Illinois split the tri-meet against Michigan and Nebraska on Sunday.

No. 7 Illini split senior day tri-meet

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer February 22, 2021

Almost one year ago, Illinois’ men’s gymnastics team honored its Class of 2020 with a Senior Day ceremony that retroactively can be considered “traditional.” Huff Hall was full of applauding fans...

Junior Hamish Carter competes in the rings event during the meet against Ohio State on Jan. 23. The Illini will face off in a tri-meet against Michigan and Nebraska today.

Illinois to face second-, third-ranked opponents in home tri-meet

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer February 21, 2021

After losing its last two dual meets, the Illinois men’s gymnastics team is in desperate need of a victory to turn its season around. Once ranked No. 3 in the nation based on average team score, Illinois...

Junior Michael Fletcher performs his parallel bars routine during the meet against Iowa on Saturday. Illinois fell to Iowa 402 to 400.5.

Illinois comes up short against Iowa in last-ever dual meet

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer February 14, 2021

The No. 4 Illinois men’s gymnastics team traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, over the weekend to face the Iowa Hawkeyes for the 250th time in their all-time series. This meet, however, will be remembered more...

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