In record-setting night, the No. 5 Illini defeats No. 9 Hawkeyes
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Illinois defeated Iowa on Friday evening 433.35-420.300. It was a record-setting night for the Illini, with several gymnasts achieving season and career bests and C.J. Maestas breaking the NCAA and school records on still rings. As a team, Illinois won on pommel horse (69.750), still rings (74.800), vault (72.700), parallel bars (71.500) and high bar (71.850).
The Illini started the rotations out slowly, falling to the Hawkeyes in the team score 73.000-72.750. C.J. Maestas took second on floor with a score of 14.850, followed by teammates Chandler Eggleston and Alex Varga who tied for third with a score of 14.800.
On pommel horse, Chad Mason took the title with his personal best of 15.350. Matt Foster followed closely behind in second with a 14.650.
In the third rotation, C.J. Maestas took home the title and made history by setting not only a school record on rings, but the NCAA record as well with a score of 16.450. Mike Wilner followed in second with his season best of 15.500. Joey Peters came in fourth with his season best of 14.750.
On vault Fred Hartville achieved his season best of 15.150 and took the title. Eggleston came in second with a score of 14.950.
Maestas continued his success on the parallel bars, taking the title with his season high of 14.850. Valdez took second for the Illini with a 14.800.
Valdez dominated the high bar, taking first with a score of 15.550, his career high. Chandler Eggleston followed in third with a 14.400.
Maestas' consistent performance earned him the all-around title, scoring 89.200