#6 Illini Place Second at Nebraska Invitational
March 15, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. – The No. 6 Fighting Illini men’s gymnastics team finished up regular season competition on Saturday in Lincoln, Neb. against No. 11 Nebraska, No. 5 Minnesota, No. 10 Air Force and No. 9 Iowa. The Illini placed second overall, beating out Minnestoa, Nebraska, and Air Force with a score of 434.850.
“We keep making small improvements but the thing that keeps evading us is an all-around good hit percentage,” said head coach Justin Spring. “We just need to keep working at it and step up at Big Tens.“
The Illini started the evening on pommel horse, scoring 71.700 as a team. Freshman Matt Foster led the Illini, scoring a career high of 14.950 for the title. Logan Bradley was close behind, scoring 14.600, his season record. C.J. Maestas also recorded a season high on horse, scoring 14.150.
The Orange and Blue then moved on to still rings, where they 73.000 as a team. C.J. Maestas scored the highest for the Illini, with a 15.250, for third place. Mike Wilner was not far behind with a 14.950. Senior Andrew Margolis followed with a season high of 14.600 on rings.
The team then competed on parallel bars for a score of 73.550. Jordan Valdez took the title with a career high of 15.300. Maestas also set a career high of 15.200, following closely in fourth, and Joey Peters set a season high of 15.050.
On high bar, the Illini posted a score of 69.050. Chandler Eggleston set a career high, with a 14.950, and Max Mayr followed suit, setting a career best of 14.550. Maestas also set a season high of 14.550 on the apparatus.
The Fighting Illini finished the night on floor, where they scored 73.300 as a team. Senior Alex Varga had the highest score for the Illini, finishing in third with a 15.150, a season high, with Eggleston not far behind with a 15.000.
Maestas took home the all-around title with a score of 87.900.
The Illini will return to action March 28 at the Big Ten Championships.