2010 Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Season in Review

Illinois celebrated as Big Ten Champions in 2010.

May 24, 2010

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The 2010 NCAA Men's Gymanstics Championships belonged to Michigan as the Wolverines won their fourth team crown and junior Chris Cameron clinched the all-around title. Also, two Big Ten gymnasts came away with individual national championships, while 21 All-America distinctions were bestowed by conference student-athletes.

The Wolverines finished with 360.500 points, ahead of second-place Stanford (359.800) and Oklahoma (357.050). Illinois finished fourth in the standings with 354.900 to place in the top five at the NCAAs for the eighth straight season and Ohio State was sixth with 347.350 points.

Michigan's Ryan McCarthy and Ohio State's Brandon Wynn left the NCAA Championships with individual crowns. McCarthy won his first national championship with a 14.750 effort on the high bar, clinching the Wolverines first individual event title since 2003. Wynn's triumph came on the still rings, where he posted a score of 15.900, .750 points ahead of the closest competitor to clinch his first national crown.

Prior to the NCAA Championships, Illinois' Luke Stannard won the Nissen-Emery Award, given annually to the nation's top senior gymnast and honors gymnastics excellence, good sportsmanship and academic excellence.

At the Big Ten Championships, the Illinois men's gymnastics team scored a 63.250 on its final rotation, the vault, to win its second straight Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Championship, and 25th in team history. Illinois finished with a team score of 359.700, narrowly edging 2009 co-champion Michigan, which finished second with a score of 358.150.

During the individual portion of the conference championships, Illinois' Paul Ruggeri won the vault title with an effort of 16.35 and the high bar crown with a 15.55. Teammate Daniel Ribeiro won the pommel horse championships with a score of 15.625, while C.J. Padera won the parallel bar title, finishing with a 15.975. Ohio State's Brandon Wynn claimed top honors on the still rings, scoring a 15.85, and Michigan's Chris Cameron won the floor exercise crown, finishing first with a score of 15.425.