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    Illini Picked Second in Big Ten Preseason Poll
    Paul Ruggeri (pictured above) and C.J. Padera were selected Big Ten Gymnasts to Watch.

    Paul Ruggeri (pictured above) and C.J. Padera were selected Big Ten Gymnasts to Watch.

    Dec. 15, 2010

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois men's gymnastics team was selected second by conference coaches in the Big Ten preseason poll released Wednesday. Last year's national champion, Michigan, checked in at the top spot, while Ohio State was picked third, followed by Penn State, Minnesota and Iowa. Each coach also chose two gymnasts to comprise a 12-member Big Ten Gymnasts to Watch list, which included returning Illini Big Ten individual event champions C.J. Padera and Paul Ruggeri.

    Illinois was ranked fourth nationally in the 2011 GymInfo Preseason Coaches poll after placing fourth at the NCAA Team Championships and claiming their second straight Big Ten title.

    Back for Illinois are reigning Big Ten Champions seniors Daniel Ribeiro (pommel horse) and Paul Ruggeri (vault, high bar) and junior C.J. Padera (parallel bars), as well as 2010 All-Americans redshirt senior Chad Wiest (floor exercise) and juniors Tyler Mizoguchi (all-around) and Anthony Sacramento (rings).

    The Illini open the season on the road at the Windy City Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 15 in Chicago and will return to Huff Hall on Saturday, Jan. 29 to host Iowa in their home opener.

    2011 Big Ten Preseason Poll
    1. Michigan
    2. Illinois
    3. Ohio State
    4. Penn State
    5. Minnesota
    6. Iowa

    2011 Preseason Big Ten Men's Gymnasts to Watch
    C.J. Padera, Jr. - Illinois
    Paul Ruggeri, Sr. - Illinois

    Lance Alberhasky, Fr. - Iowa
    Javier Balboa Gonzalez, Jr. - Iowa
    Syque Caesar, Jr. - Michigan
    Devan Cote, Jr. - Michigan
    Harris Coleman, So. - Minnesota
    DJ Repp, Jr. - Minnesota
    Sean Regan, Sr. - Ohio State
    Brandon Wynn, Sr. - Ohio State
    Matt Albrecht, Sr. - Penn State
    Felix Aronovich, So. - Penn State

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