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Tahoe Gymnastics wins numbers game against larger teams

When you have a team the size of Tahoe Gymanstics, it’s all about efficiency when competing against the larger squads.

Tahoe Gymnastics maximized scoring from five individuals to come away with a third-place trophy in Class VI in the Technique Invitational last weekend in Rancho Cordova.

“Some of the teams from San Francisco and Sacramento have 20 guys on their teams and we have five. If 10 of their guys fall, they still have 10 other guys who they can count on for scoring,” said Tahoe Gymnastics coach George Hery Jr.



Kevin Griest and Casey Tara led Tahoe with first-place finishes in multiple events.

Griest was first on vault (9.05), second on parallel bars (9.2), second on high bar (8.8), second all-around (53.45), third on pommel horse (9.4), third on rings (9.0)and fifth on floor exercise.




Tara won two events, claiming first on rings (9.1) and parallel bars (9.35). He also was third on pommel horse (9.15) and in all-around scoring (50.65).

Jason Reum, Peter Colwell and Mitchell Lincoln also came through for the team, providing the scoring depth the team needed to clinch a trophy.

Reum was fifth on vault (8.75) and ninth in all-around (45.0); Colwell tied for fourth on vault (8.7) and was 11th in all-around and Lincoln placed 13th in all-around.

More than 40 teams from California and Nevada competed.

Five other gymnasts represented Tahoe Gymnastics in the invitational, delivering a number of top-10 finishes.

Ricky Braun took third in vault (9.5), seventh on parallel bars (8.7) and eighth on floor exercise (8.9). Also, Raion Sabo was eighth on high bar with a 7.55 and 10th out of 22 competitors on floor exercise at 8.2.

In the class 7 competition, Garrett Singer had the highest finish, placing fourth on the high bar (8.95).

C.J. Lindner and Matt Vane showed great consistency in their events with repeated top-10 finishes. Lindner was sixth on vault (8.55), eighth on floor exercise (8.6), ninth on the pommel horse (8.8) and ninth in all-around. Vane was sixth on floor exercise (8.7), seventh on high bar (8.85) and eighth on rings with a superlative 9.4.

“These guys had a great performance, and I am very proud of all of (them),” said Tahoe Gymnastics owner and coach Judi Sabo. “The competition was very tough. They were placed in an 8-year-old and above category, so they were competing with guys older than them.”


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