Boys Gymnastics: Ethan Sansone, Wheaton Co-op bring home DVC titlesNaperville North's Evan Todd competes on the pommel horse during the DVC meet at Naperville North High School in Naperville, Ill., on Friday, April 20, 2012. | Corey R. Minkanic~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 20, 2012 9:42PM
Naperville North’s Billy Suta was fighting through a back injury during Friday’s DuPage Valley Conference meet at Naperville North.
Suta wouldn’t fully blame the injury on his 7.95 on vault, but his uncharacteristically low score was the big difference in falling short of an all-around title.
Wheaton Co-op sophomore Ethan Sansone edged Suta, 53.25 to 53.1 for the all-around title while Wheaton Co-op cruised to the team victory, compiling 157 points while runner-up Glenbard North was second with a 133.2.
Naperville North placed third with a 131.45 while Naperville Central was fourth with a 108.6. Glenbard East took fifth with a 104.45.
“My back has been bothering me since last Friday, but I can’t totally blame it. It was just a bad vault,” Suta. “Overall I feel pretty healthy and I think within two weeks I’ll be all set.”
Suta won still rings with a 9.0 and placed second on floor, pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar.
The Huskies received an 8.35 on floor from Tony Fay, which secured seventh place, while Eric Barbet tied for third on vault with an 8.75.
“That wasn’t too bad of a score for us tonight,” Suta said. “Hopefully by sectionals we can get to 135 or maybe in the high 130s.”
Naperville Central was without the services of its lone all-arounder, Dom Delgrosso. The Redhawks were led by five different gymnasts with Blake Beehler leading the way with a 6.4 on pommel horse and 6 on parallel bars. Mitch O’Flynn had a 7.4 on floor, Charles Abeling recording a 6.1 on still rings, Pat Dorn scored a 4.95 on high bar and Thomas Kawalek finished with an 8.2 on vault.
“They did an awesome job,” Naperville Central coach Glen Reimers said. “Pat (Dorn) did a double back for the first time and Mitch (O’Flynn) stepped up and did some new things. It was great to see and now we can focus for sectionals and try to hit our goal of a 120.”
Sansone led Wheaton Co-op, winning pommel horse with a 9.3 as well as parallel bars and high bar with a 9 on each event. Mark Ciesielski won floor with a 9.45.
Glenbard North freshman T.J. Kennedy took home the vault championship with a 9.25.