VIDEO: Wheaton Boys Win State Gymnastics Championship

The Wheaton co-op boys gymnastics team won its first state title since 2005 on Friday night in Frankfort with a season-high 160.8 points.

Wheaton gymnastics co-op senior Zach Neal said it would be a dream come true if his team could win a state title.

It all became reality on Friday night at Lincoln-Way East in Frankfort.

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Wheaton scored a season-best 160.8 points and knocked off defending state champion, Lincoln-Way co-op (157.45), third place Downers Grove North (155.35) along with the rest of the eight-team field.

Sophomore Ethan Sansone competed in all six events and finished in fourth place in the all-around competition with a 53.65. His top team score was a 9.2 on high bar as Wheaton received several notable contributions from its lineup.

Danny Heller contributed a 9.15 on pommel horse while Mark Ciesielski put up big numbers on floor with a 9.6 and vault with a 9.5. Neal had a lot to do with his dream coming true, as he had a 9.05 on still rings and an unforgettable 9.55 on parallel bars.

Other keys scores came from Nick Ronaldson, who had a 7.5 on pommel horse, Chris Jordan, who earned an 8.4 on still rings, Max Jurkowski, who had an 8.7 on parallel bars, and Conner Ritchie who totaled 9.15 points on vault.

"Everyone wants a state title, but the guys here on this team really wanted it and put the work and time in for it," Neal said.

It was the second state title in program history for Wheaton co-op, which won its first title in 2005.


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