Illinois and Penn State Win Weekly Men's Gymnastics Honors

Jan. 18, 2010

Gymnast of the Week
Paul Ruggeri, Illinois
Jr., Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville Manlius

Ruggeri wins his fourth Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award and first this season after helping the Illini to a first-place finish at the Windy City Invitational over the weekend. The junior recorded the highest all-around score, 88.600, at the competition and finished in the top five in four different events. Ruggeri won the high bar event with a 15.600, placed second in floor exercise (15.550) and vault (15.800), and finished fourth (14.450) on the parallel bar. Additionally, he finished ninth on the still rings (14.600) and 26th on the pommel horse (12.600).

Last Illinois Gymnast of the Week: Paul Ruggeri (Feb. 9, 2009)

Co- Freshman of the Week
Yoshi Mori, Illinois
Anaheim, Calif./Irvine

Mori claims Illinois’ first Freshman of the Week honor after helping the Illini finish first at the Windy City Invitational over the weekend. Mori finished first in the vault with a score of 15.900, winning the first individual title of his career, Mori also finished 13th on the still rings with a score of 14.350 as the Illini won the team championship at the event for the first time since the 2004-05 season.

Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: N/A

Nick Grant, Penn State
Butler, Pa./Palmer

Grant earns his first weekly award of the season after competing in four events as Penn State won its 12th-straight team championship at the West Point Open over the weekend. The freshman finished first in the floor exercise in the team competition on Friday (15.100) and in the individual competition on Saturday (15.200). He also finished fourth in the team and second individually in the vault competitions, scoring 15.600 in each.

Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Felix Aronovich (Jan. 11, 2010)