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Bednar bound for gymnastics state

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Sophomore Matt Bednar practices a portion of his high bar routine at practice May 8.

Sophomore Matt Bednar practices a portion of his high bar routine at practice May 8.

Joshua Irvine

Joshua Irvine

Sophomore Matt Bednar practices a portion of his high bar routine at practice May 8.

Joshua Irvine

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Sophomore Matt Bednar will be heading to the boys gymnastics state championship on Friday after qualifying at last Friday’s sectional meet at Prospect.

Bednar will be competing in the pommel and high bar events, for which he received scores of 8.05 and 7.65 points (the lowest qualifiers scored 7.75 and 7.6, respectively).  Bednar is among the top three “at large” qualifiers at state for pommel horse and placed in eighth “at large” for the high bar; “at large” refers to gymnasts who did not place among the top five of their sectional, but whose scores were among the 15 best in the state (sectional top 5 qualifiers’ scores are excluded).  Bednar will be competing with 50 other gymnasts from across Illinois in each event.

“I think my chances for pommel in finals are top 10, pretty decent,” Bednar said prior to practice today.  “As for high bar, I’m just gonna go there, do my best, see how I do.”

This is Bednar’s second year qualifying for state; he previously qualified as a freshman in the pommel horse events.  Bednar’s already impressive career has made him a focal point of the team; his teammates often chant a call-and-response of “what time is it?” followed by “it’s Bed time!”

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Bednar glances towards a former teammate after dismounting from the high bar; assistant head coach Mason Vernon can be seen in the foreground.

Assistant head coach Mason Vernon was more subdued than his gymnasts, but expressed confidence in Bednar’s upcoming performance.  “He should be able to know how to compete there and what to expect, so I like his chances,” he said.

Despite the attention, Bednar’s methods remain simple; he characterizes his preparation for state as “[come] to practice, do a few routines, call it a day.”

The state championship will take place on Friday and Saturday at Hinsdale Central High School.

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