Illini men's gymnastics team won its fourth straight Big Ten title, and freshman C.J. Maestas took the all-around crown.
Career Highlights NCAA All-American (All-Around; Pommel Horse, 2012) Academic All-Big Ten (2012) Academic All-Big Ten (2011) Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year (2010) Fighting Illini Male Newcomer of the Year Finalist (2010) CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete (2010)
Earned first-team All-Big Ten honors ... Won the pommel horse three times, including a career-best score (15.350) at the Windy City Invitational ... Won the floor exercise against Penn State ... Won the high bar title against Minnesota ... Won the all-round competition against Nebraska ... Competed in 13 meets, including participating in the all-around in nine ... Posted six top-five all-around finishes, including a runner-up performance against Penn State ... Set a career-high on the parallel bars against Penn State (15.200) ... Posted career-best floor exercise scores of 15.200 against both Penn State and Nebraska.
Junior 2012 Earned All-America accolades in the all-around and on pommel horse at NCAA Championships... Won four titles on the season, including the all-around and floor against UIC and pommel horse against Ohio State and at Iowa... Tied for first on the team with highest pommel horse score of the season, securing a 15.200 against Ohio State... Recorded 16 top-five finishes... Advanced to NCAA and Big Ten pommel horse final... Finished fifth on pommel horse at NCAA's... Received Fighting Illini Attitude Award at team's award banquet... Academic All-Big Ten.
Sophomore 2011 Recorded 15 top-five finishes ... Won on vault and matched his career-best score of 15.900 against Iowa ... Also set new career highs on floor and parallel bars ... Academic All-Big Ten.
Freshman 2010 Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year ... In his collegiate debut, won his first-career event title on vault (15.900) at the Windy City Invitational on Jan. 16 ... Won five individual titles on the year ... Posted 12 top-three finishes ... Four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week ... Fighting Illini Male Newcomer of the Year finalist ... CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete.
High School/Club Graduate of Irvine High School ... Coached by Guonian Wu ... Member of the U.S. Junior National team from 2007-09 ... Has made the all-star team at every level he has competed in ... Team won the 2009 state championship ... Club team, New Hope Gymnastics, won the Iron Man Championships in 2006 and 2009.
Personal Born Masayoshi Mori on December 14, 1990 ... Son of Tetsuya and Tomoko Mori ... Hobbies include soccer and tennis ... Biggest thrill in sports is fighting for the gold ... Favorite athlete is Kohei Uchimura from Japan, because he displays the most beautiful, phenomenal performances ... Lists Bryan del Castillo as the most influential on his athletic career, because he has won many national titles and knows that he is good, but never shows it and always keeps his cool ... Has two older siblings, Ayumi, who competed on the women's gymnastics team at Cal State Fullerton, and Shohei.
Mori's Career Highs
Floor Exercise: 15.200 (vs. Penn State, 3/2/13)
Pommel Horse: 15.350 (at Windy City Invitational, 1/19/13)
Still Rings: 14.700 (at Ohio State, 1/30/10)
Vault: 15.000 (at Windy City, 1/14/12)
Parallel Bars: 15.200 (vs. Penn State, 3/2/13)
High Bar: 15.000 (at Ohio State, 1/30/10)
All-Around: 87.100 (at NCAA Team Finals, 4/20/12)