Illinois and Minnesota Collect Weekly Men's Gymnastics Honors

Jan. 24, 2011

Gymnast of the Week
Paul Ruggeri, Illinois
Sr. - Manlius, N.Y. - Fayetteville Manlius

Paul Ruggeri reels in his second straight Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honor after leading top-ranked Illinois to a tri-meet win against No. 7 Minnesota and No. 9 Nebraska on Saturday. Ruggeri scored first-place finishes on the high bar (16.100) and parallel bars (14.500) and tied for first in the floor exercise (14.900). The senior also added a second-place finish on the vault (16.200). The award marks the eighth of his career.

Last Illinois Gymnast of the Week: Paul Ruggeri (Jan. 17, 2011)

Freshman of the Week
Zack Chase, Minnesota
Fr. - Woodinville, Wash. - Woodinville

Minnesota's Zack Chase earns Freshman of the Week laurels after earning the vault title and posting top-four finishes on the still rings and the floor exercise against No. 1 Illinois and No. 9 Nebraska on Saturday. Chase posted a 16.400 on the vault, tying the highest score in the nation this season. He also turned in a third-place score on the still rings (14.900) and finished fourth in the floor exercise (14.500).

Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Harris Coleman (March 8, 2010)

2011 Big Ten Gymnasts of the Week

Jan. 10
G: Scott Rosenthal, So., PSU
FR: No selection

Jan. 17
G: Paul Ruggeri, Sr., ILL
FR: Jeff Treleaven, OSU

Jan. 24
G: Paul Ruggeri, Sr., ILL
FR: Zack Chase, MINN