#2 Illini to Compete Saturday at Windy City Invite
Jan. 19, 2013
LAST YEAR AT WINDY CITY INVITE
ILLINI IN THE RANKINGS
Individually, freshman Fred Hartville checks in at No. 1 on vault with a 15.300, while fellow newcomer Joey Peters is second in the all-around (84.650) and third on parallel bars (15.200). Sophomore Mike Wilner is second on rings with a 15.600. Overall, the Illini hold 22 spots on the individual top-20 lists.
LAST TIME OUT
Illinois started the night on pommel horse, sweeping the top five spots individually to post a team score of 69.550. Senior Yoshi Mori took the title with a 14.800, followed by junior Chad Mason in second with a 14.100, classmate Cameron Rogers in third with a 13.800, freshman Logan Bradley in fourth with a 13.600 and redshirt freshman Jacob Tilsley in fifth with a 13.250.
In the second rotation, the Illini notched a 70.100 on floor and took four of the top five spots. Junior Alex Varga paced the squad with a 14.650 to secure his first career floor title, while sophomore Josh Wilson placed second with a career-high 14.300. Mori followed with a 14.200 to finish third, and Peters took fifth with a 13.950.
On vault, Illinois secured a 71.900, led by newcomer Fred Hartville, who placed first with a 15.300 to tie the eighth-highest-scoring vault in school history. Mori placed second with a 14.750, while Tilsley took fourth with a 14.150.
In the following rotation, four Illini finished in the top five on rings, combining for a team score of 74.550. Sophomore Mike Wilner won the title with a career-high 15.600, matching the fourth-highest rings score in program history. Peters took second with a 15.150, while senior Austin Phillips tied for third (14.700), followed by Rogers in fifth (14.650).
On high bar, Illinois swept the top four spots individually and totaled a team score of 67.450. Junior Jordan Valdez won the title with a 13.950, edging Peters, who placed second with a 13.800. Mori took third with a 13.550, followed by freshman Max Mayr in fourth with a 13.400.
Illinois ended the night with a 71.900 on parallel bars, paced by Peters, who placed first with a 15.200. Rogers came in a close second with a career-best 15.000. Phillips took third with a 14.200, while Valdez placed fifth with a 14.000.
Peters won the all-around with a score of 84.650 after notching the parallel bars title and a pair of second-place finishes. Valdez placed third overall, posting a 77.200.
2012 NATIONAL CHAMPS
The squad produced two NCAA event champions, 11 All-America honors, three Big Ten individual titles, two All-Big Ten selections, the Big Ten Gymnast and Freshman of the Year and its fourth-ever Nissen-Emery Award winner. Head coach Justin Spring was named National Coach of the Year after notching his third straight Big Ten Coach of the Year honor.