Bullhawk earns medals in gymnastics

Cibulka takes home two pieces of hardware; Port Washington’s takes second on balance beam

SENIOR ABBY CIBULKA took third place on balance beam in the Division 1 state meet in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. She earned a second medal on floor exercise and helped lead the Grafton/Cedarburg team to sixth place. Photo courtesy of Charlie Ketelhohn
Ozaukee Press staff

The Grafton/Cedarburg gymnastics team showed it again belonged among the top teams in the state Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids.

Behind Abby Cibulka’s two medals, the Bullhawks scored 138.933 points and placed sixth in the Division 1 meet.

The Franklin Co-op won with 147.833 points.

“As a team, the girls performed great! With some new injuries, different athletes had to step in to compete. They did a great job with this pressure! We had one of our best meets out of the entire year,” coach Siri Bartlein said.

Cibulka took third on the balance beam with a 9.45. She earned a second medal in tying for sixth place on floor exercise with a 9.367, and took eighth in the all-around with 36.833 points. 

She was 10th on vault with a 9.2 and 17th on bars with an 8.817.

“Abby had a great performance for her last meet. She had some of her best routines from the entire year,” Bartlein said.

“As she is a senior, it was bittersweet that she did so well, but it was the last time she would be competing as a gymnast.”

The Bullhawks scored 34.85 points on beam, led by Mia Ketehohn’s 8.75. Cibulka had an 8.717, Jaidyn Marshall a 8.767 and Paige Arnold an 8.617.

The team scored 35.85 points on floor. Cibulka had a 9.167, Ketelhohn a 9.117, Arnold a 9.1 and Caleigh Mentzer an 8.467.

On vault, the Bullhawks scored 35.467 points. Arnold had a 9.133, Cibulka a 9.1, Ketelhohn an 8.833 and Metzner an 8.4.

The Bullhawks scored 32.767 points on uneven bars. Cibulka had an 8.717, Marshall an 8.15, Metzner an 8.0 and Lauren Rech a 7.9.

In other individual competition, Arnold took 13th on floor with a 9.167 and Ketelhohn 21st on vault with an 8.683.

Port Washington senior Izzi Wickus, who qualified in two individual events and the all-around, scored a 9.25 on beam, taking home second place of 25 gymnasts in the event at the Division 2 meet.

She took 23rd with a 7.417 on bars and 12th in the all-around with 34.283 points.

She scored a 9.017 on floor and an 8.6 on vault. Had she qualified on floor, she would have taken seventh place. Her vault score would have been tied for 17th.

Wickus started her day on bars and had some challenges, but bounced back with a sharp beam routine. She was in first place until the final round, when a River Falls gymnast scored a 9.45, coach Gale Sigler said.

Then, Wickus shined on floor.

“She  had one of the cleanest routines I’ve seen this season on floor and scored over the 9.00 mark; well-deserved and a great way wrap up her final floor performance,” Sigler said.

“I’m really proud of Izzi. The ability to overcome the disappointment of her first event and really pull out the best meet of her season says a lot about her as a person, gymnast and competitor.”



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