Men's Gymnastics Finishes Sixth At Windy City Invitational|
Jan. 9, 2005
Chicago, Ill.- The second-ranked team in the country earned early-season bragging rights over its Big Ten foes and its sister school, as Illinois took the 35th edition of the Windy City Invitational at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Physical Education Building on Saturday night.
The Fighting Illini led the legendary season-opening spectacular from the get-go, holding off fellow national power Ohio State with a 221. 800. The Buckeyes followed with a 220.100.
Michigan followed in at third with a 218.225, led by the meet's all-around winner, Geoff Corrigan, who took the title with a 55.400.
Iowa came in fourth with a 217.300, with Minnesota (212.750) and a short-handed UIC squad (205.325) rounding out the field.
Illinois gymnasts took three of the six events, with Tyler Yamauchi (floor exercise), Ben Newman (pommel horse) and Adam Pummer (high bar) garnering the victories.
Ohio State's Randy Monahan, the winner of the past two Windy City all-around crowns, sat out the all-around competition this year but didn't walk away empty-handed. The Buckeye senior won the still rings event with a 9.775.
Ohio State's DJ Bucher won the parallel bars competition, while Minnesota's Guillermo Alvarez won the vault title.
For the host Flames, who were ravaged by injury, senior Neil Faustino turned in a strong overall performance. An All-American vaulter from 2004, Faustino took second place in the vault event and fourth in the all-around.
Nick Stavros was also strong for UIC, taking seventh on the pommel horse.
Before the meet Faustino was honored with the Edward Jay Saleh Memorial Scholarship Award, bestowed upon a UIC senior gymnast every year who excels in both the gym and the classroom. The award is given in memory of Edward Jay Saleh, a former UIC gymnast who was killed in a motorcycle accident.
The Flames return to action on January 22nd to take on Ohio State in UIC's first road meet of the year in Columbus, Ohio at 7 p.m.