OGA teams rout the competition at 2007 state meet

OGA teams claim state titles at Levels 4, 5 and 6 and crown AA champs at Levels 7 and 9

BEAVERTON - Simply put, there was no team better than Oregon Gymnastics Academy at the 2007 Oregon State Gymnastics Championships in mid-March.

OGA took first in the state meet at Metro Gymnastics Center at Level 4, Level 5 and Level 6, and coach Nicholas Pudewell received Coach of the Year honors. In addition, David Ganz and Nathan Khaw, both on the national development team, had individual all-around wins in the Level 7 and Level 9 divisions.

On the Level 4 first-place team, Matthew Gerig placed first in the All Around scoring in the 8-9 year-old division, followed closely by teammates Justin Olson and Matthew Harper, who placed second and third respectively. In the 10-11 year-old division, Wyatt Shapiro took first with a score of 55.350 in the All Around. Reachana Chan placed first All Around in the 12-and-over division while teammate Clay Cook finished third.

On the Level 5 first-place team, Carter Webb won first All Around in the 7-9 year-old division, with teammates Kyle Williams in second, Evan Vacek in third, Brady Davis in fifth and Benjamin Fisher sixth. Their efforts helped the OGA's Level 5 team bring home the first-place award for all age divisions. Benjamin Redd (second place) and Joshua Yoon (third) also contributed to the team gold in the 12-and-over division.

On the Level 6 first-place team, Josh Havelind was first in the All Around scoring in the 8-9 year-old division. In the 10-11 year-old division, Patrick Casey took first, Tyler Collins was third, Austin Cyr was sixth, Jordan Lamantain was eighth, Chris Elliot 13th and Alexander Harnsberger 18th. Ephriam Harsberger also took first in the 12-and-over age division, with teammate Sam Friedman second.

On the Level 7 team, Ganz grabbed first All Around in the 10-11 year-old division, with Brand Mills and Ian Brock third and fourth respectively for an overall third-place finish for the team.

On the Level 9 optional team, Khaw took first in the 12-13 year-old division. And in the 14-15 year-old division, Isaac Olds was sixth with Jared Chin 12th for an overall fifth-place finish for the team.