Jarred Forman received an opportunity at the Section VI boys gymnastics meet Friday and seized the all-around championship with consistent routines that are pretty much the norm for the Williamsville North sophomore.
Forman recorded just one 9.0 but kept mistakes to a minimum in his other five events and nipped Williamsville South junior Keith Stumpf for the title, 50.85 to 50.05, before a crowd of about 75 at Hamburg Middle School.
Entering the sectional meet, every competitor knew there would be a new all-around champion because two-time winner Harrison Reisweber of Amherst was limited to competing in just the pommel horse because of a separated shoulder.
"That's just par for the course," said Joe Buscaglia, who coaches the three Williamsville gymnastics teams. "I guess you could equate it to some key guys are hurt on the Patriots and they lose in the Super Bowl. Well, that's the way sports work. Injuries are part of the game. What I always tell the guys, 'If opportunity doesn't knock, you make a door for yourself,' and that's what Jarred did today. He made a door for himself."
Forman's highest score was the 9.0 he earned in the floor exercise, while his lowest was the 7.7 he earned in his final event, the horizontal bar. The rest of his scores ranged from 8.1 to 8.8.
"It was pretty much a normal meet (for me)," said Forman on his consistent scores. "It's a really good feeling winning, but I know I'm going to have to work harder to place high in states."
Joining Forman and Stumpf (all-around) on the Section VI team that will compete in the state meet at 10 a.m. next Saturday at SUNY Brockport are Amherst's Reisweber (pommel horse), Evan Bylewski (still rings and vault) and Ben Kogut (vault and horizontal bar); Hamburg's Jon Shelton (floor exercise and parallel bars), Kevin Gilgallon (horizontal bar) and Brian Kent (parallel bars); and Williamsville North's Ryan Brown (horse) and Michael Maizel (rings and floor exercise).
After consecutive third-place showings in the sectional meet, the third time proved to be the charm for Forman -- who secured the win by posting an 8.1 in the still rings while Stumpf tallied a 5.0.
While Reisweber, who set five Section VI meet records last year, was ailing, Stumpf also wasn't competing at full strength -- participating in just his third meet of the season.
Stumpf missed two months with a torn pectoral muscle, an injury that required surgery in September and an ailment that has hampered his training on the rings -- an event that is all upper-body strength. Stumpf lost 1.5 points in that event because he only completed seven of the 10 required moves.
Stumpf, who won the sectional meet as an eighth grader, did tie a meet record with a 9.5 in the floor exercise.
"I think it's great that Jarred won," Stumpf said. "I screwed up on rings and that's what happens."
Reisweber, Shelton and Bylewski received the Mark Monaco Award, which goes to the senior gymnast who excels in the classroom and on the mat.