Men's Gymnastics
Illinois Downs Minnesota, 214.250-208.800

 
Senior Jonathan Plante won the individual title on the pommel for the Illini.
Senior Jonathan Plante won the individual title on the pommel for the Illini.
 

Jan. 26, 2002

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Illinois men's gymnastics team soundly defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 214.250-208.800, Saturday night in front of 680 fans at Huff Hall. The men's record now stands at 6-1 overall, 4-1 in the Big Ten.

"We posted the highest score of the season," said head coach Yoshi Hayasaki. "Our goal was a 213. Everyone stood out and made a difference tonight. Our pommels, rings and vault teams really made quite a difference for us. We trained hard this week and it shows."

The Golden Gophers led by 0.1 after the first rotation. But the Illini exploded on the pommel horse in rotation two by setting a season-high team score of 36.600. It was the team's highest score on pommels this season by more than a point. Illinois took the top three spots in that event, led by senior Jonathan Plante's event winning 9.55. Plante's score was followed by two career highs by sophomore Bob Rodgers (9.30) for second place and freshman Ben Newman (9.15) for third.

The rings team also set a new season-high team total of 36.300 and took the top three honors. Seniors J.G. Ketchen (9.45), Sean-Paul Crawford (9.20) and Plante (9.00) finished first, second and third, respectively.

With the momentum on their side, the Illini scored a 36.600 on vault to set yet another season-high team score. Sophomore Scott Wetterling finished second with a 9.30 while teammates Crawford, junior Bob Spelic and sophomore Erik Garnett tied for fourth with a 9.10.

Ketchen led the parallel bar team to its season-high score of 34.750. Ketchen scored his own season-high of 8.85 to win the event. The Illini kept up the pace in the final event. Scoring a season-high 35.700, Illinois took the top four positions on the high bar. Illinois was led by freshman Ed Seward's career high 9.0 for first place followed by Rogers (8.95), Spelic (8.90) and Wetterling (8.85).

The Illini take to the road for the month on February. Coming up next is a Saturday afternoon meet against the Nittany Lions of Penn State on Feb. 2. The meet will be held at State College. The Illini will be at Huff Hall again for their final home meet on March 9 against Illinois-Chicago at 2 p.m.

Results

Floor: 1. Alvarez Minn 9.400 2. Shostchuk Ill 8.900 3. Strother Minn 8.650 4. Steele Minn 8.600 5. Garnett Ill 8.550 6T. Goss Minn 8.500 6T. Rogers Ill 8.500 8T. Callahan Minn 8.350 8T. Seward Ill 8.350 10. Koehler Minn 8.300 11. Wetterling Ill 8.250 12. Crawford Ill 8.100

Floor Scores: Ill: 34.300 Minn: 35.150

Pommel: 1. Plante Ill 9.550 2. Rogers Ill 9.300 3. Newman Ill 9.150 4. Alvarez Minn 8.750 5. Goss Minn 8.700 6. Filla Ill 8.600 7. Stother Minn 8.550 8. Shostchuk Ill 8.500 9. Griffin Minn 8.400 10. Wetterling Ill 8.300 11. Albert Minn 7.750 12. Steele Ill 6.850

Pommel Scores: Ill: 36.600 Minn: 34.400

Rings: 1. Ketchen Ill 9.450 2. Crawford Ill 9.200 3. Plante Ill 9.000 4. Mays Minn 8.900 5T. Steele Minn 8.800 5T. Suarez Minn 8.800 7T. Strother Minn 8.650 7T. Wetterling Ill 8.650 7T. Newman Ill 8.650 10. Alvarez Minn 8.550 11. Koehler Minn 8.500 12. Cano Ill 7.600

Rings Score: Ill: 36.300 Minn: 35.150

Vault: 1. Steele Minn 9.350 2. Wetterling Ill 9.300 3. Strother Minn 9.200 4T. Spelic Ill 9.100 4T. Crawford Ill 9.100 4T. Garnett Ill 9.100 7T. Ketchen Ill 9.050 7T. Goss Minn 9.050 7T. Filla Ill 9.050 10. Alvarez Minn 9.000 11T. Koehler Minn 8.950 11T. Callahan Minn 8.950

Vault Scores: Ill: 36.600 Minn: 36.600

P Bars: 1. Alvarez Minn 8.850 2. Ketchen Ill 8.800 3T. Goss Minn 8.700 3T. Plante Ill 8.700 3T. Spelic Ill 8.700 6T. Shostchuk Ill 8.550 6T. Cano Ill 8.550 8. Griffin Minn 8.500 9. Strother Minn 8.100 10. Callahan Minn 8.000 11. Wetterling Ill 7.350 12. Steele Minn 6.750

P. Bars Score: Ill: 34.750 Minn: 34.150

H. Bar: 1. Seward Ill 9.000 2. Rogers Ill 8.950 3. Spelic Ill 8.900 4. Wetterling Ill 8.850 5. Alvarez Minn 8.500 6. Callahan Minn 8.450 7T. Strother Minn 8.200 7T. Koehler Minn 8.200 9T. Ketchen Ill 8.150 9T. Kristjansson Minn 8.150 11. Shostchuk Ill 7.450 12. Steele Minn 6.850

H. Bar Scores: Ill: 35.700 Minn: 33.350

All-Around 1. Alvarez Minn 53.050 2. Strother Minn 51.350 3. Wetterling Ill 50.700 4. Steele Minn 47.200

Final Score: Ill: 214.250 Minn: 208.800

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