Barrington boy ranks nationally in gymnastics

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Barrington seventh-grader Wolfgang “Wolfe” Personeus placed 14th in the country on the pommel horse event after the 2-day combined score results at the 2013 Men’s Gymnastics Junior Olympics National Championship in Portland, Ore. earlier this month.

He finished in 28th place out of 173 gymnasts in the all-around (total of 6 events) after the first day of competition, qualifying him for the Junior Elite all-around competition on day two; Junior Elite Division is the top 42 Level 8 gymnasts in the nation (the National Development Team is selected from the Junior Elite).

Wolfe’s other accomplishments during the national competition included placing 19th on the floor event, and 12th on pommel horse in the first day of competition. Wolfe was also one of 12 gymnasts representing Region 6 (New England) for Level 8 that placed fourth as a team, the best showing for the region in many years.

Wolfe, who is a student at Barrington Middle School, qualified for the Junior Olympics National Championship competition by winning the bronze medal (third in New England) on the pommel horse and placing seventh all-around at the 2013 Regional Championship at Springfield College, in Springfield, Mass., a month earlier. In addition, he was a member of his New England Sports Academy (NESA) Club Level 8 Team which placed second in the team regional competition.

Because of his accomplishments at nationals, Wolfe has been selected to attend an “invitation only” Region 6 Elite Men’s Gymnast camp at Penn State this summer. This special training camp is offered bi-yearly and this is the second year he has received an invitation to attend, the first was in 2011. Although honored to have receive the invitation, a date conflict has forced him to decide between two gymnastics camps. He has opted to attend University of Michigan’s gymnastics camp for a second year in a row. At the University of Michigan camp, Wolfe will be coached by Kurt Golder and his University of Michigan staff.

Wolfgang first became nationally ranked in 2011 at the Future Star National Championship where he placed 20th in the 11 year old age group, then again competing in the 2012 Junior Olympics National Championship as an 11 year old in the 12-13 age group and most recently in November at the 2012 Future Stars National Championship, where he placed 16th in the 12 year old age group.

He trains at the New England Sports Academy in Westwood, Mass., and is coached by Levon Karakhanyan, a 4-time Armenian National Champion, a 2-time USSR Champion and holds the prestigious award of Sports Master Title of Gymnastics, USSR.

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