By Jake Freudberg and Edwin Wang
The combined Newton South-Newton North boys’ gymnastics took the MIAA State Championship for the third consecutive year, solidifying their dynasty in state history.
Led by South’s senior captain Ido Tamir and sophomore Sam Arber, the team defeated Braintree with a total score of 167.2 – 162.1 at Newton North.
Tamir explained that the team was happy with their victory, but it was not anything unexpected.
“I think it is very representative. We were the favorites to win every meet this year so it made sense when we also won states.”
Arber agreed, adding that the team’s consistent effort was key to the victory.
“We worked our hardest and it clearly paid off in the end,” he said. “We all put in our best effort throughout the season.”
Arber placed second in the individual all-around competition at 43.55, first on floor at 8.2, first bars at 7.9, and second on pommel horse at 7.9. His success earned him the title of Most Outstanding Gymnast of the Year.
“[Arber] made a huge impact on the team because we consistently knew we could rely on him to be the best gymnast at every meet,” Tamir said.
Despite being only a sophomore, Arber has played a crucial role on the team for the past two years – something he is very proud of.
“It feels unbelievable,” he said. “It’s great having my teammates respect me for being a good gymnast and it’s amazing to have sort of a leg up on some of my other competitors because I come from a club gymnastics team.”
The team saw success again this year thanks in part to the addition of head coach Bill Martin to the coaching staff, who coached alongside Tom Steeves.
Despite having very little recognition at South, the team hopes to continue their success moving forward with a new head coach, a young team lead by Arber, and strong gymnasts from both South and North, Tamir explained.
“Next year looks promising,” Tamir said. “We will lose a lot of people but I’m confident that Sam and [junior] Vincent [Campagna] can recruit new students all while improving themselves to form another state championship run.”
“I think as of now things are only getting better,” Arber said. “We do expect to get new talent as the years go on but for now we can only rely on ourselves, our skill, and our hard work.”