No. 2 Illini edged by No. 3 Penn St.
Illini win four individual titles but fall in team standings
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Despite claiming first-place finishes on four events, No. 2 Illinois (8-2, 6-2 Big Ten) fell just short to No. 3 Penn State (11-0, 1-0) by a 352.100-351.000 score Saturday evening at Huff Hall.
Highlighting the day were Illini event winners redshirt senior Chad Wiest on floor exercise (15.600), freshman Chad Mason on pommel horse (15.100) and junior Tyler Mizoguchi on parallel bars and all-around (87.200). Mizoguchi also tied for first on high bar (14.300) with teammate Jordan Valdez and Penn State's Felix Aronovich.
"Tonight's meet was up and down for us," head coach Justin Spring said. "We have some guys missing sets that shouldn't be. I don't want to make excuses but we did have a really hard training week and our main goal is obviously the postseason. I did expect a little bit more from the guys today, but we had some crucial areas where it certainly cost us in points. Overall, it wasn't a terrible day. We just have some things to work on."
On floor, Wiest collected his second title of the season on the event and third overall, while freshman Alex Varga and sophomore Yoshi Mori added a career-high score of 14.700 to finish tied for fifth place. Mason captured his first-career event title on pommel horse with a career-best score of 15.100, followed by senior Daniel Ribeiro who tied for second place (14.800) and Mori placed fourth with a score of 14.700.
Junior Anthony Sacramento led the way on rings for the Illini with a third-place score of 15.200, while Mizoguchi took fourth and tied his season-high with a 14.700. Mizoguchi also tied for fourth place on vault (15.700) with Wiest and Penn State's Matt Chelberg.
Illinois finished out the meet strong on parallel bars and high bar. In addition to his first-place tie on high bar, Valdez also claimed third on parallel bars (14.500), while freshman Cameron Rogers added a career-high score of 14.400 on the event. On high bar, Sacramento posted a fifth-place finish with a career-best score of 13.900. Mizoguchi competed unopposed in the all-around to record his third all-around title of the year and fifth overall.