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Springfield Captures the New England Invitational Men's Gymnastics Meet

Ian Stratton Springfield, Mass. -- February 17, 2013 -- Led by Ian Stratton and Jon Zirna, Springfield College won the New England Intercollegiate Invitational men's gymnastics meet this afternoon at SC's Blake Arena. The universities of Vermont and Southern Maine finished in second and third. In the Junior Olympic category, the club team of Gym & More came away victorious.

The host Pride placed first in the collegiate category with a total of 404.000 points. Vermont placed second with a score of 222.600, and Southern Maine ended in third with 214.45. In the Junior Olympic category, it was Gym & More winning the team title with 367.150 points, followed by Tri-Town (340.550), and Inflight (335.900).

The remainder of the intercollegiate team results had Brockport finish with 163.400 points, and Springfield "B" finish with 158.300. The remainder of the Junior Olympic clubs had Ellis finish with 264.850, Gymnation place with 131.400, and Sterling finish with 114.100.

In the all-around intercollegiately, Stratton, a sophomore from Elizabeth City, N.C., emerged with the top score of 77.600. He was followed by SC freshman Jon Zirna of Buffalo, N.Y. with a tally of 76.900. Only two scores from each team could finish in the place-scoring.

The rest of the collegiate all-around placing went as follows: in third, Brian Varga of UVM (70.800), in fourth, Alec Chatterton of Brockport (69.900), in fifth, Dylan Tanguay of Southern Maine (69.800), and in sixth, Blain Tully of Southern Maine (66.750).

As for the remaining collegiate individual place-winners, it was a clean sweep for Springfield. In fact, the Pride placed first and second in all six events.

In the floor exercise, the top two included senior Chris Jost (Ashland, Mass.) at 14.300, and senior Jimmy Pezzino (Buffalo, N.Y.) in 14.200.

In the pommel horse, Zirna took first (14.400), with sophomore Brian Cogan (Fairfax, Va.) in second (14.200).

In the rings, junior All-American Ryan Ponce (Tolland, Conn.) won his specialty in 15.800, the top score of the meet, followed by senior Jeff White (Douglas, Mass.) in 14.000.

In vault, the top two were Jost (14.450) and Pezzino (14.400).

The parallel bars were dominated by Ponce (13.300) and White (12.800).

Finally, the high bar was taken by Pezzino (13.500) and junior Killian O'Brien (Fishers, Ind.) (12.900).

In the Junior Olympic category, the individual winners included Frankie Valentin of Inflight in the all-around (76.250), Billly Calahan of Ellis in the floor (14.200), Calahan in the parallel bars (12.900), Chris Tricard of Tri-Town in the pommel horse (13.600), Andrew Malaby of Sterling in the rings (14.200), Calahan in the vault (13.900), and Valentin in the high bar (12.600).

Springfield will next compete at highly-ranked Penn State in Happy Valley Saturday, Feb. 23.

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