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    Illinois Gymnasts Down Minnesota
    Leo Oka won the still-rings with a 9.20.

    Leo Oka won the still-rings with a 9.20.

    Jan. 20, 2001

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill.-- The No. 2 University of Illinois men's gymnastics team downed No. 7 Minnesota, 208.150 to 204.350, in a Saturday night dual at Huff Hall. The Illini improve to 7-1 overall, 1-0 in the conference.

    Illinois posted it's highest score of the season in the win over the Golden Gophers, while also recording the second-highest score in the nation.

    The Illini took first place in four of the six events. Senior All-American Leo Oka scored a 9.20 on still rings for the title, while sophomore Sean-Paul Crawford posted the same score on vault to win the event. Sophomore J.G. Ketchen won parallel bars with a score of 9.10 and Greg Cook, the No. 2 gymnast in the nation on high bar, won the event with a 8.95.

    "We didn't do as well as we expected to do," said head coach Yoshi Hayasaki. "But we still scored a 208, which was our best score so far."

    The Illini will be back in action on Friday and Saturday as they travel to Michigan to take on the No. 1 Wolverines on Jan. 26 and No. 9 Michigan State on Saturday. Both meets are set for 7 p.m. start times.

    No. 2 Illinois hosts No. 7 Minnesota
    Illinois 208.150, Minnesota 204.350
    

    All-Around 1. Clay Strother MIN 52.90 2. Leo Oka ILL 51.60

    Floor Exercise 1. Clay Strother MIN 9.25 2. Leo Oka ILL 9.00 3. Linh Hoang ILL 8.75 4. Sean-Paul Crawford ILL 8.65 5. Jonathan Ham ILL 8.50 6. Eric Steele MIN 8.45 7. Greg Cook ILL 8.40 8. Bill Callahan MIN 8.35 Robert Goss MIN 8.35 Josh Nitzberg MIN 8.35 11. Mitch Griffin MIN 8.30 12. Bob Rogers ILL 7.95

    Pommel Horse 1. Mitch Griffin MIN 8.65 2. Bob Rogers ILL 8.50 3. Linh Hoang ILL 8.40 4. Paul Linnenburger ILL 8.35 5. Clay Strother MIN 8.30 6. Bob Spelic ILL 8.15 7. Leo Oka ILL 7.80 8. Allen Sopko MIN 7.75 Robert Goss MIN 7.75 10. Todd Guilbeau MIN 7.40 11. Eric Nishimoto ILL 7.30 12. Eric Steele MIN 6.75

    Still Rings 1. Leo Oka ILL 9.20 2. Linh Hoang ILL 9.15 3. Sean-Paul Crawford ILL 8.70 Nathan Torres ILL 8.70 5. Clay Strother MIN 8.55 Eric Steele MIN 8.55 7. Tim Koehler MIN 8.50 8. Eric Nishimoto ILL 8.40 9. J.G. Ketchen ILL 8.30 10. Allen Sopko MIN 8.15 11. Gabriel Suarez MIN 7.90 12. Bill Callahan MIN 5.90

    Vault 1. Sean-Paul Crawford ILL 9.20 2. Clay Strother MIN 9.05 3. Robert Goss MIN 8.95 Linh Hoang ILL 8.95 5. Eric Stille MIN 8.90 6. Justin Conner MIN 8.85 Tim Koehler MIN 8.85 8. Todd Guilbeau MIN 8.80 9. Leo Oka ILL 8.70 10. Scott Wetterling ILL 8.50 11. J.G. Ketchen ILL 8.45 12. Eric Nishimoto ILL 8.35

    Parallel Bars 1. J.G. Ketchen ILL 9.10 2. Clay Strother MIN 8.95 3. Robert Goss MIN 8.80 4. Bob Spelic ILL 8.55 5. Justin Conner MIN 8.50 6. Jonathan Ham ILL 8.45 7. Leo Oka ILL 8.20 8. Tim Koehler MIN 8.15 9. Linh Hoang ILL 8.00 10. Scott Wetterling ILL 7.95 11. Todd Guilbeau MIN 7.50 12. Eric Steele MIN 7.25

    High Bar 1. Greg Cook ILL 8.95 2. Clay Strother MIN 8.80 3. Leo Oka ILL 8.70 4. Scott Wetterling ILL 8.65 5. Josh Nitzberg MIN 8.45 6. Tim Koehler MIN 8.20 7. Justin Conner MIN 8.15 J.G. Ketchen ILL 8.15 9. Bob Spelic ILL 8.05 10. Todd Guilbeau MIN 7.95 11. Bob Rogers ILL 7.40 12. Bill Callahan MIN Scratch

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