Illinois and Minnesota Claim Men's Gymnastics Honors

Illinois' Paul Ruggeri won his third Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honor of the season.

Illinois' Paul Ruggeri won his third Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honor of the season.

March 8, 2010

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

Ruggeri wins his sixth career Gymnast of the Week honor and third this season. The Illini junior posted two first-place finishes and helped Illinois to a 357.500-346.600 win over Iowa during the weekend. He finished first on high bar, matching his career-best and school-best score of 16.100, and was also first on parallel bars (15.300). Additionally, he was fifth on still rings with a score of 14.400 and was ninth on vault with a mark of 15.050 as Illinois recorded its highest team score of the season.

Last Illinois Gymnast of the Week: Daniel Ribeiro (Feb. 22, 2010)

Freshman of the Week
Harris Coleman, Minnesota
Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville

Coleman wins his first Freshman of the Week honor recording a first-place finish and two 15-plus performances for the Gophers over the weekend. He recorded a career-best and a team season-high score on the pommel horse, scoring a 15.200 to claim top honors in the event. He also recorded a 15.550 on vault and a 14.450 in floor exercise to claim eighth in both events. Coleman also was seventh on high bar with a mark of 13.800.

Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: N/A