Maestas, Ruggeri win NCAA event titles for Illini




NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — U.S. Olympic hopefuls C.J. Maestas and Paul Ruggeri III added individual event titles to the team national championship they won for Illinois, and all-around champion Jake Dalton of Oklahoma claimed the national title on parallel bars at the NCAA men’s gymnastics meet on Saturday night.

The mohawked Maestas, who punctuated Illinois’ first team title since 1989 a night earlier with a 15.6 on the rings, won the event title with a 15.3.

Ruggeri tied for the event title on vault with Stanford’s Eddie Penev, who was the only double winner on the night and also brought home the title on floor exercise.

California’s Glen Ishino claimed the title on pommel horse and Sam Mikulak of Michigan was the winner on high bar.

Maestas, Ruggeri, Dalton, Ishino and Mikulak are all members of the U.S national team.