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Illini of the Week April 15: C.J. Maestas

Illini of the Week April 15: C.J. Maestas

April 15, 2015


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After completing his final routine for the Illinois men’s gymnastics team Saturday at the NCAA Championships in Norman, Oklahoma, senior C.J. Maestas was lifted up in celebration by assistant coach Ivan Ivankov. The routine had won him the national high bar title. While he is an all-around competitor...

Illinois men’s gymnastics falls in preliminaries, Maestas grabs high bars title

Illinois men’s gymnastics falls in preliminaries, Maestas grabs high bars title

April 13, 2015


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The Illinois men’s gymnastics team made history this weekend at the NCAA Championships, failing to advance to the team finals for the first time since 2002. But despite a series of injuries, the team exited Norman, Oklahoma, with an individual national champion. Illinois suffered its first blow before t...

Illinois men’s gymnastics to compete at NCAA Championships

Illinois men’s gymnastics to compete at NCAA Championships

April 9, 2015


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Head coach Justin Spring is confident that his No. 5-ranked Illinois men’s gymnastics team has enough talent to make a strong run at the NCAA Championships this weekend in Norman, Oklahoma. For him, the two biggest factors that will determine the Illini’s fate are execution and overcoming nerves...

Illini men’s gymnastics falls short at Big Ten Championships

Illini men’s gymnastics falls short at Big Ten Championships

March 30, 2015


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Three individual event title wins for the Illinois men’s gymnastics team helped relieve the sting of finishing in second place (436.700-436.100) behind Penn State in the team finals at the Big Ten Championships at State College, Pennsylvania, over the weekend. During team finals on Friday, senior Jordan Valdez got the ...

Illinois men’s gymnastics drop last meet of season.

Illinois men’s gymnastics drop last meet of season.

By Daniel Collins

March 16, 2015


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Going up against a top-five opponent has become a problem for the Illinois men’s gymnastics team. The Illini lost to the two-time defending NCAA champion Michigan Wolverines on Sunday by a score of 435.750-428.500 in Ann Arbor, Mich. While No. 3-ranked Illinois won five event titles on the night, it was ...

Illinois men’s gymnastics heads to Michigan for regular season finale

By Daniel Collins

March 13, 2015


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The Illinois men’s gymnastics team has one last meet to prepare for the Big Ten Championship later this month. The team wraps up its regular season on the road Sunday in Ann Arbor, Michigan, against the two-time defending national champion Wolverines. While head coach Justin Spring would have preferred a healthy squ...

Illinois men’s gymnastics receives first loss and learning lesson

By Daniel Collins

March 2, 2015


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The No. 2 Illinois men’s gymnastics meet against No. 1 Oklahoma on Friday was dubbed “The Perfect Dual.” Both teams entered with records of 10-0, but things went far from perfect for the Illini in Norman, Oklahoma Illinois trailed the entire competition in its 457.300-434.200 defeat. The floor...

Illini top Iowa in record-breaking performance

Illini top Iowa in record-breaking performance

By Daniel Collins

February 9, 2015


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When senior Jordan Valdez flipped off the high bar and stuck his landing in the last event of the Illinois men’s gymnastics meet against Iowa on Saturday, he not only recorded a career-high score of 15.600, but he also cemented the highest team score in history as well. The Illini were not immediat...

Illini men’s gymnastics looks to finish strong against Iowa

Illini men’s gymnastics looks to finish strong against Iowa

By Daniel Collins

February 5, 2015


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The Illinois men’s gymnastics team has gotten off to an 8-0 start, but head coach Justin Spring is not completely satisfied with his team’s performance. Since the start of the season, Illinois has struggled in the final events of dual meets. But the cause isn’t clear to Spring. “It’s not like t...

New event format to be used in Illinois, Minnesota meet

By Daniel Collins

January 29, 2015


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The Illinois men’s gymnastics team will compete in a different event format this weekend against Minnesota. In a typical dual meet, the two squads don’t compete in the same event at the same time and don’t compete in the events in the same order. Illinois head coach Justin Spring said this format m...

Illinois men’s gymnastics edges Buckeyes despite weakened lineup

By Daniel Collins

January 26, 2015


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The Illinois men’s gymnastics team proved to have depth in its 434.400-431.300 win over Ohio State. Due to extensive training with the national team the week prior to the meet, head coach Justin Spring decided to limit the events of junior C.J. Maestas and freshman Bobby Baker. Neither competed for the a...

Freshman gymnasts to perform this weekend

By Daniel Collins

January 23, 2015


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Illinois men's gymnastics head coach Justin Spring will be placing more freshmen into his lineup than he is accustomed to this weekend against Ohio State. Junior C.J. Maestas and freshman Bobby Baker will see limited action, if any, on Saturday due to spending the majority of the week training at the...

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