Gymnasts, 5 wrestlers qualify for state meets

The New Prague High School gymnastics team scored a school-record 148.5 points to win the Section 1A meet, qualifying for this weekend’s state Class A gymnastics meet. Kristin Busch, Heidi Kick, Melanie Deutsch, Jessica Anderson and Steph Solheid also qualified for individual competition.

Also last weekend, five members of the Trojan wrestling team qualified for the state Class AA meet. Justin Turek (140 pounds) and Eric Olson (152 pounds) won the Section 2AA title Saturday in Blue Earth, while three others, Mike Minette (112 pounds), Travis Rutt (119 pounds) and Jacob Schoenecker (215 pounds) finished second.

The state wrestling meet begins Thursday, Feb. 24, and continues through Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Class AA preliminaries begin about noon on Thursday, with second round matches at 2 p.m. Competition continues Friday and Saturday, with championship matches held about 2:30 p.m.

The state Class A gymnastics meet will be Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. Team competition is Friday and individual competition is Saturday.

A salute to the athletes can be found in the print edition of The New Prague Times sports section.

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