Miners edge Esky gymnasts by a single point

ESCANABA – It came down to less than one point, but the Negaunee Miners put together enough points to edge the Escanaba Eskymos gymnastics team 144.15 to 113.58.

“As a team, we did really well,” said Negaunee coach Eyre Becker. “We had a couple great beam routines, some good floor routines and scores. They are really hitting their paces this time of year, and our seniors are really doing exceptionally well.”

Escanaba’s Erin Mattson continued her team dominance, taking first place in floor, vault, bars, and all-around. She also placed second on the balance beam.

“I had some solid routines, especially in floor, and I think we did really good overall,” Mattson said. “A lot of new people stepped up in some new events.”

Escanaba’s coach, Theresa Pascoe, was excited with her team’s continued success over the course of the season.

“I’m very happy with the score we came away with,” she said. “We narrowed the margin quite a bit with Negaunee. We’re making strides every day, and our scores are continuing to go up.”

The Eskymos welcomed back Maggie Richardson, who competed for the first time since injuring her leg against Marquette a few weeks ago.

“Maggie was one of the main reasons we closed the gap against the Miners,” Pascoe added.

Some of the top finishers for Negaunee were Kate Rasmussen, who placed first in balance beam and second on bars, and Katie Torreano, who took fourth place on floor and beam, and came away with a second place in vault.

“Katie Torreano has been solid as a rock on floor, balance beam, and vault,” Becker said.

Negaunee will be returning to Escanaba Saturday to take part in the Escanaba Elks Invitational.

Marquette, Antigo, Wis., and Rhinelander, Wis. will also be in attendance.