Men's Gymnastics


Wes Haagensen
Wes Haagensen

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Belleville, Ill.

High School:
Belleville West

Height / Weight:
5-5 / 130

Event:
All-Around

Birthdate:
12/21/1985

Highlights
2007 All-American All-Around/High Bar/Floor Exercise
2007 Big Ten Champion All-Around
2007 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year
2007 All-Big Ten Team
2007 Big Ten Gymnast of the Week (1/17)
2007 CGA National Gymnast of the Week (1/17)
2006 All-American Parallel Bars/All-Around/Floor Exercise
2006 All-Big Ten Team
2006 Academic All-Big Ten Team
2006 Big Ten Gymnast of the Week (3/1)
2005 Big Ten Rookie of the Year
2005 Inside Gymnastics- NCAA Gymnast of the Week (1/27)

Junior 2007
Named the 2007 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year ... Was a Dike Eddleman Athlete of the Year Award finalist ... NCAA All-Around Runner-up ... Three-time NCAA All-American (all-around, floor exercise and high bar) ... Big Ten all-around champion ... Finished runner-up on parallel bars and high bar at Big Ten Individual Finals ... Unanimous All-Big Ten selection ... Named 2007 team MVP as selected by his teammates ... Set a career-best on floor (9.650) and top season mark on rings (9.700) at NCAA Qualifiers followed by a career-high on high bar (9.650) during NCAA Team Finals ... Helped set a team school-record 38.450 on floor at NCAA Finals ... Led team with 30 top-three finishes, including 11 event titles spread across four events ... Notched most of his first-place finishes in the all-around (six) ... Spent most of the season ranked second in the country in the all-around ... Garnered Big Ten and Collegiate Gymnastics Association Gymnast of the Week honors (1/17) after taking the all-around title at the Windy City Invitational.

Sophomore 2006
A 2006 three-time NCAA All-American (parallel bars, all-around, floor exercise) ... An All-Big Ten selection ... Also tabbed an Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Finished second in all-around, third on parallel bars, fourth on rings and high bar and fifth on vault at Big Tens ... Earned Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors (3/1) ... Carded eight event titles spread across five events ... Tallied the most titles on vault (three) ... Competed in every meet for the Illini, including five appearances in the all-around competition ... Notched top marks during 2006, including a season-best 9.400 on floor exercise at Illinois-Chicago (2/25) and a career-best 9.600 on vault at Big Tens (3/24).

Freshman 2005
Earned Big Ten Rookie of the Year honors ... Tied the school record on rings (9.850) at Big Ten team finals ... In just his second collegiate meet, captured the all-around title against Minnesota with a school-record 55.950 score, surpassing Justin Spring's previous mark of 55.600 ... Captured the title on high bar against Minnesota with season-high 9.550 ... Inside Gymnastics NCAA Gymnast of the Week (1/27) after the Minnesota performance ... Placed fifth in the all-around with a 51.548 at the 2005 Winter Cup ... In his first collegiate meet, took second in the all-around competition at the Windy City Invitational.

High School/Club
Two-time Junior Olympic national champion (2000, 2003) ... At the Junior Pan American Games in 2002, finished second in the all-around and first on both parallel bars and high bar ... Participated in the Junior Olympic Nationals every year from 1998-2004 ... Took first place on pommel horse at the 2002 U.S. Championships ... Won both high bar and pommel horse at the 2003 U.S. Championships ... Competed for St. Louis Gymnastics Center.

Personal
Born Wesley Morgan Haagensen on Dec. 21, 1985 ... Grandparents are Wayne and Judy Whicker ... Majoring in business administration and management with a focus in marketing ... Favorite movie is "Shawshank Redemption" ... Favorite athlete is Lebron James because he he has proved everyone wrong that had doubts in him and brought his team to success ... Plans on going to law school and becoming a sports agent after college.

Haagensen's Career Highs
Floor Exercise - 9.650 at NCAA Qualifiers April 12, 2006
Pommel Horse - 9.500 at NCAA Qualifiers April 7, 2005
Rings - 9.850 at Big Ten Championships March 25, 2005
Vault - 9.600 at Big Ten Team Finals March 2, 2006
Parallel Bars - 9.600 at NCAA Team Finals April 7, 2006
High Bar - 9.650 at NCAA Team Finals April 13, 2007
All-Around - 55.950 at Minnesota Jan. 22, 2005

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