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Diab earns still rings title at Winter Cup Challenge

Alex Diab holds steady while competing in the still rings event. Fellow Illini Jordan Kovach was injured on Day One of the Winter Cup Challenge and unable to compete, but, Diab took home the still rings title.

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer

February 27, 2020

Illinois gymnasts Jordan Kovach and Alex Diab competed as individuals last weekend when they competed in the USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas. The duo experienced mixed success; Kovach was injured on Day One during his vault landing and was unable to complete the all-around event he was ...

Illinois dominates No. 3-ranked Nebraska at home

Sophomore Jordan Kovach performs on the Parallel bars for the Illini Orange and Blue meet on Nov. 11 at Huff Hall. Illinois beat Nebraska Saturday at Huff Hall, 276.20 - 267.40.

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer

February 3, 2020

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team defeated the No. 3-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers at Huff Hall Saturday. Illinois won the meet 407.05-399.85, improving to 2-1 in dual meets (1-1 in conference) this season. Illinois dominated Nebraska for the first four events of the meet, accumulating a total sco...

No. 8 Illinois to host top-10 match against No. 3 Nebraska

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer

January 30, 2020

The No. 8 Illinois men’s gymnastics team will return to Huff Hall on Saturday for a top 10 match against No. 3 Nebraska. “They’re a pretty solid team. They really don’t have a weak event,” said Illinois head coach Justin Spring. “They’ve got some veterans (who) have been in their prog...

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

Illinois’ Tyson Bull performs a routine on the parallel bars during the meet against Stanford at Huff Hall on Friday, March 6, 2017.

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

Illinois' Alex Diab performs on the still rings during the meet against Iowa at Huff Hall on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019.

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

Senior Alex Diab performs on the still rings during the meet against Iowa was at Huff Hall on Jan. 26. He collected his second straight national title in the event on Saturday.

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

Illinois' Alex Diab performs on the still rings during the meet against Iowa at Huff Hall on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019.

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

Alex Diab holds steady while competing in the still rings event. Fellow Illini Jordan Kovach was injured on Day One of the Winter Cup Challenge and unable to compete, but, Diab took home the still rings title.

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

Illinois’ Michael Fletcher sticks the landing on vault during the meet against Iowa at Huff Hall on Jan. 26. The Illini won 410.450-398.800.

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

Max Diab performing on the rings at Huff Hall

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’ Alex Diab works the still rings at the meet against Minnesota in Huff Hall on Feb. 26, 2017. His score tied the season high.

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...

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