Men's Gymnastics
Illinois Men's Gymnasts Take Fourth at Big Ten Championships


March 23, 2001

The University of Illinois men's gymnastics team put together five outstanding rotations of competition, however a sub-par performance on parallel bars gave the Illini a fourth-place finish and a score of 214.175 at the 2001 Big Ten Championships Friday night in State College, Pa.

The Illini posted its highest score of the season on pommel horse with a 36.10, an event that the team had struggled with all year. The squad posted a 37.15 on still rings, one of the best scores in the nation, to lead the field after four rotations.

"We had it in our grasp, but messed up on parallel bars," head coach Yoshi Hayasaki said. "This will let us know what we need to do for the NCAA Championships."

Ohio State took the team title with a 217.275 mark, while Michigan scored a 216.00 for second place. Host-Penn State placed third, one-tenth of a point ahead of the Illini at 214.275. Michigan State took fifth, Iowa sixth and Minnesota seventh.

Senior All-American Leo Oka placed fourth in the all-around with a score of 53.05, while senior Linh Hoang took fifth with a 53.65 mark. Both gymnasts earn All-Big Ten honors with their finish.

Four gymnasts will in the event finals on Saturday night at 6 p.m. CT. Oka qualifed for pommel horse and still rings, Hoang on rings and parallel bars, senior Jon Ham on high bar and sophomore Forest Flodin on pommel horse.

Floor Exercise (35.825)
Cook        8.70
Ham         8.75
Wetterling  8.90
Crawford    9.125
Oka         9.05
Hoang       8.65

Pommel Horse (36.10) Spelic 6.60 Filla 8.70 Flodin 9.05 Linnenburger 8.85 Oka 9.30 Hoang 8.90

Still Rings (37.15) Torres 9.00 Ketchen 9.10 Crawford 9.15 Oka 9.45 Hoang 9.45 Wetterling 8.45

Vault (35.90) Spelic 9.00 Ketchen 8.95 Crawford 8.80 Wetterling 8.90 Oka 8.90 Hoang 9.05

Parallel Bars (33.75) Cook 8.30 Spelic 8.50 Ketchen 8.20 Wetterling 8.15 Oka 7.50 Hoang 8.75

High Bar (35.45) Cook 8.85 Ham 9.00 Spelic 8.15 Wetterling 8.75 Oka 8.85 Ketchen 8.70