Illinois, Penn State Earn Weekly Men's Gymnastics Awards

Penn State's Craig Hernandez has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

Jan. 30, 2012

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

  • Earned two event titles to help No. 2 Illinois defeat No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 7 Michigan
  • Posted a 16.000 on the high bar and a 15.100 on the vault to capture titles in both events
  • Collects his eighth career Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honor and first this season
  • Last Illinois Gymnast of the Week: C.J. Maestas (Jan. 23, 2012)

Freshman of the Week
Craig Hernandez, Penn State
Libertyville, Ill. – Libertyville 

  • Won the pommel horse title to lead No. 4 Penn State to the team crown at the West Point Open
  • Finished with a score of 15.650 on the pommel horse, marking the best score in the nation this season and tying a Penn State record
  • Helped the Nittany Lions win their 14th straight West Point Open
  • Earns his first weekly honor
  • Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Francisco Vasquez (Feb. 21, 2011)

2012 Big Ten Gymnasts of the Week
Jan. 16
G: Scott Rosenthal, Jr., PSU
F: C.J. Maestas, ILL
Jan. 23
G: C.J. Maestas, Fr., ILL
F: C.J. Maestas, ILL
Jan. 30
G: Paul Ruggeri, Sr., ILL
F: Craig Hernandez, PSU