Weekly Feature

2014-10-29 / Sports

East boys gymnastics finishes regular season 12-0

by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter

Williamsville East’s boys gymnastics team was favored to win the regular season title and they did not disappoint.

East won a four-team meet with Williamsville North, Williamsville South and Hamburg on Wednesday, finishing the regular season 12-0. East was co-champions with Williamsville South last year.

“Those were my expectations for Williamsville East, not only to win the section but be 12-0,” Williamsville coach Joe Buscaglia said.

East senior Stephen Frost is the odds-on favorite to win the all-around section title. He leads the section in every event, including a 54.5 all-around score. He will try to win his first all-around title at Wednesday’s sectionals at Williamsville South High School. He will also compete on floor exercise, rings and parallel bars.

“Stephen has been a great competitor this year,” Buscaglia said. “He is very solid and a hard worker. He had certain goals for himself. He wanted to be ranked in all events, to win the all-around section title and win sectionals as a team. He doesn’t make many mistakes and so far has been a great team leader.”

His teammate, eighth-grader Josh Reinstein, is on Frost’s heels, ranking second in every event, including the all-around in which he has a score of 50.4. He’ll compete in the all-around and will look to medal on pommel horse, vault and horizontal bars.

East’s other gymnasts competing at sectionals are: David Covelli (pommel horse, rings, parallel bars); Michael Covelli (floor, pommel horse, parallel bars); Tim Finley (floor, vault, horizontal bar); Alec Siskar (rings, vault); and Vladimir Tattybayev (floor, vault, parallel bars).

Williamsville South

Nick Darling, ranked fourth in the section in all-around, will compete in the all-around at sectionals and try to medal on floor, rings and vault.

Seniors Kevin Millane (floor, rings, high bar) and Tyler Mirando (pommel horse, vault, parallel bars) and sophomore James DeLano (all-around, pommel horse, rings, parallel bars) will also compete at sectionals.

South finished 7-5.

“South had a great year,” Buscaglia said. “One of them – Nick Darling - has a gymnastics background and that was years ago. Kevin and Tyler are new to gymnastics and it’s James’ second year. We didn’t have many expectations for them but they came together as a team and beat Hamburg for second place.”

Williamsville North

Freshman Declan Henriques, ranked third in the section in the all-around and in most individual events, will compete in the all-around, floor, rings and horizontal bars at sectionals. North finished 0-12.

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