Scouting boys gymnastics / Northwest

By Dick Quagliano
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 3/5/2013 12:30 PM
  • JOE LEWNARD/  Fremd's C.J. Patton competes on the pommel horse during the Palatine boy's gymnastics sectional meet Saturday.

    JOE LEWNARD/ Fremd's C.J. Patton competes on the pommel horse during the Palatine boy's gymnastics sectional meet Saturday.

  • Bob Chwedyk/  Jonah Hinz of Palatine on the still rings during the Hoffman Estates boys gymnastics invite.

    Bob Chwedyk/ Jonah Hinz of Palatine on the still rings during the Hoffman Estates boys gymnastics invite.

Scouting boys gymnastics

As the season's first spring sport, boys gymnastics in the Northwest suburbs continues to grow. Coming off a 10-percent growth spurt from 2010, there were 479 participants at the 12 area schools in 2011. This year, the numbers are at 516, a growth of 7.7 percent.

Teams to watch: Conant, behind a group of strong all-arounders, looks to unseat Palatine in the West. Fremd and Hoffman Estates should follow. In the East, the battle will be between Buffalo Grove and a Hersey team that is strong on the vault and floor.

Individuals to watch: Palatine's Jonah Hinz, who was third in the state in the all-around, should challenge for the state title this year. Fremd's C.J. Patton was second on the pommel horse and will be the favorite in that event this year. Conant all-arounders Joey Mauk and Brian Reedy will also be contenders along with Buffalo Grove's David Kavalerchik, Hersey's David Jackowski, Hoffman Estates' Jake Santiago, Rolling Meadows' Matt Crigler and Schaumburg's Elliot Lam.

Mid Suburban East

Buffalo Grove

Coach: Zack Crandall

Returning gymnasts: David Kavalerchik, Sr.,( AA); Zac Halap, Sr., (FX, R, PB); Kirtan Patel , Sr., (R, V, PB, HB); Dar Reinhard, Sr., (FX, V); Jake Siebert, Jr.,( AA).

Newcomers: Chris Jacob, Jr., (AA); Matt Scislowski, So., (PH); Tyler Cho, So., (AA).

Lost from last season: Aaron Tarragano, Matt Stein, Nick Balko, Andrew Cabalfin and Julian Vasquez

Outlook: New coach Crandall returns a solid lineup from last season. The Bison are the favorites to repeat for the East conference title. Kavalerchik, who was second in the conference all-around last year, leads the way and should get help from Sibert. The Bison will need to replace Vasquez, who was second in the conference on the floor.

Elk Grove

Coach: Ben Anderson

Returning gymnasts: Adam Kandafer, Sr. (HB, PB).; Yasu Omura, Sr. (R, PB); Nemi Shah, Sr. (PH); Dan Nytko, SR. (FX,V); Kentu Sa-Vage, Sr. (PH, FX, PH, V, PB); Jake Nytko, Jr. (AA).

Newcomers: Ethan Hartowicz, JR. (AA); Tommy Valadez, Sr. (R,V).

Lost from last season: Tom Jansen, Kenji Fukuda, Chris Jiminez and Kensei Yee

Outlook: The Grens will need to replace Fukuda, who was conference champ in the pommel horse. They still hope to top the 120 mark with a group of talented specialists


Coach: Mason Vernon

Returning gymnasts: David Jackowski, Sr., (AA); Alex Baratta, Sr., (FX, SR, PB, HB); Matt Korff, Sr., ( FX, V, PB, HB); Jordan Graff, Sr.( FX, V, PB, HB); Austin Kasper, Sr. (FX, SR, V); Roely Barber, Sr. (PH) ; Cody Knight, Sr., (PH).

Newcomers: Paul Yang, Sr. (PH); Dean Stoyanov, Jr., (PB); Matt Swanson, Jr. (FX, V); Matt Horn, Sr., (PH, PB, HB).

Lost from last season: Dan Urban, Tommie Reynolds, and Latif Graves

Outlook: The Huskies will battle Buffalo Grove for the conference title thanks to the strength of their floor and vault squads. If the Huskies can pick up some points on the other four events this year, they could qualify for state.


Coach: Randy Smith

Returning gymnasts: Chris Klein, Sr. (AA); Mark "Ringo" LaRock, Jr., (AA); Tim Pappas, Sr. (V,R,PB, HB, FX); Matt Strafaci, Sr.(AA).

Newcomers: Pat Backus, Jr., (AA); John Schoonmaker, Jr., (PH).

Lost from last season: Matt Muniz

Outlook: The Knights return three state qualifiers in Klein, LaRock and Pappas. But lack of depth could hold them back this season.

Rolling Meadows

Coach: Michael Costa

Returning gymnasts: Matt Crigler, Sr. (AA); Sean Fitzpatrick, Sr. (AA); Sam Friedman, Sr. (PH).

Newcomers: Conor Thomas, So. (R,FX,V)

Lost from last season: Joey Caprio

Outlook: The Mustangs need a healthy Crigler to keep them in contention in the East.

Mid Suburban West


Coach: Rob DeFano

Returning gymnasts: Christian Sellars, Sr. (FX,V,PB,HB); Nick Divito, Sr. ( AA)

Newcomers: None

Lost from last season: Nolan Presmyk, PJ Prewitt

Outlook: The Broncos will look to crack the 120 mark behind Sellars and Devito.


Coach: Mike Opsal

Returning gymnasts: Brian Reedy, Sr., (AA); Joey Mauk, Sr., (AA); Blake Rossdeutcher, Jr., (AA); Matthew Poczatek, Sr., (SR); Josh Hoppe, Sr., (FX,V,HB); Zack Davis, Sr., (SR, HB,V); Brandon Metcalf, Sr., (SR,PB); Paolo Cipriano, Sr., (PH); Shane Fessenden, Sr. (AA).

Newcomers: Elias Gardner, So., (FX,V)

Lost from last season: Nick Overby, Tommy Palm, Billy Belmonte, Rashad Frazier, Philip Schorsch and Zack Morris

Outlook: The Cougars will be looking to grab the West conference title behind Reedy, Mauk and Rossdeutcher. Opsal also has talented specialists in Poczatek, Hoppe, Davis, Metcalf and Sipriano.


Coach: Tim Hamman

Returning gymnasts: C.J. Patton, Sr., (AA); Cam Hewett, Sr., (FX); Anthony Langas, Sr., (PH); Noah Ciborowski, So., (AA); Doug Leatherman, So., (AA).

Newcomers: Dan Classon,Fr,, (AA).

Lost from last season: Bobby Wongkamalasai, Quinton Bley, Itaru Wakabayashi

Outlook: Patton, who was second in the state in the pommel horse leads a young and inexperienced team. If Hamm can get Ciborski, Leatherman and Classon used to the grueling competition, the Vikings can make a huge move.

Hoffman Estates

Coach: Ryan B. Brown

Returning gymnasts: Jake Santiago, Sr. (AA); Avrey Johnson, Sr. (AA);

Newcomers: Michael Rodriguez, Sr. (AA); Andres Cueva, Jr. (AA); Isaiah Pacheco, Jr. (AA); Bartosz Widelak, So., (AA).

Lost from last season: Kyle Santiago, Nick Cannella, Neo Fernandez, Josh Parado, Marc Malinowski and Steven Simmons.

Outlook: TheHawks are coming off their best season in years and look to improve on their 138.40 score from last year. Jake Santiago, who qualified for state last year in the parallel bars and vault along with Avrey Johnson lead a talented group of all-arounders.


Coach: Scott Hagel

Returning gymnasts: Ben Dibuz, Sr. (AA); Jonah Hinz, Sr., ( AA); Austin Hoening, Sr., (AA); Pratik Patel, Sr., (PH); Lucas Price, Sr., (AA); Miguel Rodriguez, Sr., (PH).

Newcomers: Jeremy Becker , Sr., (PH); Matt Cullum, Jr., (AA); Nate Harris, Sr. , (FX, V), Niko Martino, Jr., (AA); Conner McCall, Sr. (AA); Denzel Taylor, Sr.,( FX, SR, V).

Lost from last season: Mike Jankovec, (state qualifier on FX, SR, V, PB, HB), Matt Lee (state qualifier on PH, SR, PH, HB), Kevin Weir (state qualifier on V)

Outlook: Hinz, who was third in the state in the all-around will lead a senior-dominated squad. Hagel will need to replace Jankovec, Lee and Wier if they want to return to state this year. Hagel picked up his 100th career win last week.


Coach: Erik Bostrom

Returning gymnasts: Elliot Lam, Sr., (AA); Tyler Wilkerson, Sr., (PH, HB); Jason Bethea, Sr., (PB);

Mat Sigler, Jr. (FX, V).

Newcomers: Dylan Rust, Jr., (FX, V)

Lost from last season: James (Mack) McDougall and Chris Stehlin

Outlook: The loss of Stehlin and McDougall, who were 7th and 8th respectively in the conference all-around will be a blow to the Saxons. Lam will help fill some of that void while Wilkerson, Bethea and Sigler could help fill the voids with their specialties.

West Suburban Gold


Coach: Jason Orna

Returning gymnasts: Michael Ruelas, Marcin Machnik, Zach Geneva

Lost from last season: Jethro De Los Reyes, Tyler Fossey, Joey Filskov and Franky Saucedo

Outlook: The eagles are young, with the average experience of just one year. Still, they hope to make a splash in the WSG

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