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Illinois signs seven top-25 NCAA recruits

Illinois signs seven top-25 NCAA recruits

By Bradley Zimmerman, Contributing Writer

November 21, 2019

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team signed seven recruits on Nov. 13 to form its 2021 recruiting class. All seven signees rank among the top-25 NCAA men’s gymnastics 2021 recruits. Illinois landed more top-25 recruits than any other collegiate team in the nation. Penn State landed the next-highest...

Bull qualifies for 2020 Tokyo Olympics following World Championships

Bull qualifies for 2020 Tokyo Olympics following World Championships

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

October 10, 2019

Former Illinois gymnast Tyson Bull cemented a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games with a score of 14.366 in the high bar at the 2019 World Gymnastics Championships men’s finals qualifiers, which resulted in a seventh-place finish. Only the top eight finishers in the high bar are guaranteed a spot in the 202...

Diab to represent US in Italy

Diab to represent US in Italy

By Nithin Reddy, Staff Writer

May 2, 2019

After a historic four-year career competing for the Illinois men’s gymnastics team, Alex Diab will represent the U.S. in this summer’s World University games in Naples, Italy.   Diab is coming off another stellar season with the Illini, where he won his fourth straight Big Ten title on still ring...

Illini finish in NCAA top five

Illini finish in NCAA top five

By Nithin Reddy, Staff Writer

April 22, 2019

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team placed fifth at the NCAA championship over the weekend. The Stanford Cardinals pulled off the big upset by defeating the four-time-champion Oklahoma Sooners by less than a point and the Illini by nearly ten points. Illinois put up a total score of just 405.358, com...

Team aims for national title

Team aims for national title

By Nithin Reddy, Staff Writer

April 18, 2019

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team will compete in the NCAA Championship Friday and Saturday at the State Farm Center.   Just two weeks after the Illini came up short in their bid to be back-to-back Big Ten champions, the team will face the 11 best teams in the country as they try to break the Okla...

Seniors pave way toward strong NCAA finish

Seniors pave way toward strong NCAA finish

By Nithin Reddy, Staff Writer

April 15, 2019

The Illinois men’s gymnastics senior class has already left a legacy on the program. The seniors have won a Big Ten Championship, multiple individual National Championships and have even been named All-Americans. The Illini are led by three seniors, Alex Diab, Johnny Jacobson and Ross Thompson. Diab...

Illini come in second at championship

Illini come in second at championship

By Nithin Reddy, Staff writer

April 8, 2019

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team competed in two days of the Big Ten Championships, where the team as a whole came in second place with multiple individuals scoring event titles. On the first day of action, the Illini fell short of their second Big Ten title in as many years when they put up a s...

Illinois looking to become Big Ten champions for second year in a row

Illinois looking to become Big Ten champions for second year in a row

By Nithin Reddy, Staff Writer

April 5, 2019

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team heads to Iowa City, Iowa, this weekend to compete in the Big Ten Championships. After multiple disappointing weeks, the Illini will attempt to flip their momentum and get back on track. For head coach Justin Spring, success comes down to being consistent. “We...

Illinois men’s gymnastics come together before Big Ten Championships

Illinois men’s gymnastics come together before Big Ten Championships

By Nithin Reddy, Staff writer

March 29, 2019

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team finished out its regular season by losing to No. 9 Ohio State 406.6–404. The Illini have struggled down the stretch, losing their last three meets, and their last win came nearly a month ago on the team’s senior night. The Illini were leading through five rotations...

Illini drop meet to top team Sooners

By Nithin Reddy, Staff writer

March 11, 2019

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team went to Norman, Oklahoma, to face the No. 1 Sooners this weekend. While the No. 4 Illini were coming off two quality wins over the Golden Gophers and the Cardinals, the team could not continue their win streak and dropped the meet to the Sooners 415.7-425.7. Even...

Top-five victories push team forward

Top-five victories push team forward

By Nithin Reddy, Staff writer

March 4, 2019

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team topped off an impressive senior night with victories over No. 2 Stanford and No. 5 Minnesota. The Illini scored a season-high 413.05 points to the Cardinals’ 411.65 and Golden Gophers’ 404.75 points. The night was won by Alex Diab.   The senior is in the mids...

Long layoff provides time to reconvene

Long layoff provides time to reconvene

By Nithin Reddy, Staff writer

February 4, 2019

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team went to Lincoln, Nebraska, to take on Nebraska and Oklahoma over the weekend. Though Illinois secured a win over top 10 Iowa just last week, the team could not repeat that success on Saturday night. The Illini had the lowest score of the meet with 399.15 points, w...

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