Willmar gymnastics opens with a big 'W'

Home Cardinals bests Annandale in season opener

WILLMAR — Taking the floor for the first time this winter, the Willmar gymnastics team won all four events and the all-around as part of a non-conference win Thursday over Annandale, 132.575-122.350.

“It was the first meet and the girls were a little jittery,” said Willmar head coach Jodi Mottinger. “We were pleased with how the girls did and they had some good performances. We told them it’ll only keep getting better. This was a good start.”

Kirah Kessler-Gross won both the vault (8.95) and floor exercise (9.05) and was second in the uneven bars (7.875) and balance beam (8.125) to win the all-around for Willmar with a combined score of 34.0.

Willmar’s Presleigh Schrupp took second in the all-around with 33.05 after winning the uneven bars (8.25) and taking second on the floor exercise (9.05). Tayva Carruthers gave Willmar another win in the balance beam with a score of 8.95.

With the efforts of Kessler-Gross, Schrupp, Carruthers (8.95) and Jessica Miller (8.65), Willmar took the top four spots in the floor exercise.


On Saturday, Willmar returns to action to compete in the Becker invitational.

Willmar 132.575,
Annandale 122.350

ALL-AROUND — (1) Kirah Kessler-Gross, W, 34.0 (2) Presleigh Schrupp, W, 33.05 (3) Brianna O’Brien, A, 31.425
VAULT — (1) Kessler-Gross, W, 8.95 (T-2) Jessica Miller, W, 8.7 (T-2) Kenzie Norgren, A, 8.7
BARS — (1) Schrupp, W, 8.25 (2) Kessler-Gross, W, 7.875 (3) Kim Joneson, W, 7.825
BEAM — (1) Tayva Carruthers, W, 8.95 (2) Kessler-Gross, W, 8.125 (3) O’Brien, A, 7.525

FLOOR — (1) Kessler-Gross, W, 9.05 (2) Schrupp, W, 9.0 (3) Carruthers, W, 8.95

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