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    MIAA BOYS’ GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

    What a routine for Newton boys’ gymnastics

    Newtonville, MA- February 09, 2018: Samuel Arber of Newton on the Pommel Horse during the MIAA boys' state gymnastics championship at Newton North High School in Newtonville, MA on February 09, 2018. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: metro reporter:
    Craig Walker/Globe Staff
    Newton South junior Sam Arber registered a 7.9 to win the pommel horse.

    NEWTON — The Newton boys’ co-op gymnastics team won its fourth consecutive state title on Friday night, edging Lowell, 182.6-172.75, to complete its third straight season unbeaten.

    “The kids deserve it, they work so hard,” said Newton coach Bill Martin. “It’s all about the kids.”

    Newton led after the first rotation (floor exercise and pommel horse), a very good sign for Martin.

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    “Pommel horse is usually the worst for everybody,” said Martin, “and we scored very good.”

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    Newton South junior Sam Arber led the squad with crisp, technically sound performances on each apparatus, finishing third in the all-around (49.35), punctuated by his victory on the pommel horse (7.9).

    Freshman Matthew Hassan won the floor exercise (9.35) and sophomore Jake Forbes finished sixth in the all-around (45.1).

    The approach? Simplicity.

    “Don’t do the difficult stuff because you’re going to get hit hard,” said Martin. “Do the simple stuff, and do it well, and do it clean.”

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    Lowell senior Christian Wilkey (52.05) won the all-around with victories on the high bar (8.5), the parallel bars (8.6), and rings (9.5) to unseat defending champion Jake Barrett (49.45) of Braintree, leading the Red Raiders to their highest point total at the state meet.

    “I was just really happy to be able to help my team to a second-place finish,” said Wilkey, who only competed at the club level until this year. “The whole team did very well.”

    In the final event of his high school career, the rings, Barrett executed one of the most difficult moves in gymnastics — the iron cross — twice.

    “It was the best feeling when I put it in last year at states,” said Barrett. “This year at states doing two in my routine was great.”

    MIAA BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

    At Newton North

    Team Scores — 1. Newton, 182.6; 2. Lowell, 172.75; 3. Braintree, 170.15; 4. Attleboro, 168.25; 5. Burlington, 161.9.

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    High bar — 1. Christian Wilkey, Lowell (8.5); 2. Andre Butler, Attleboro (8.15); 3. Jake Barrett, Braintree (8.0); 4. Matthew Hassan, Newton (7.9); 5. Jake Forbes, Newton (7.8).

    Floor — 1. Matthew Hassan, Newton (9.35); 2. Samuel Arber, Newton (9.3); 3. Jake Barrett, Braintree (9.2); 4. Andre Butler, Attleboro (9.0: 5. Christian Wilkey, Lowell (8.9).

    Parallel bars — 1. Christian Wilkey, Lowell (8.6); 2. Jake Barrett, Braintree (8.1); 3. Cody Davidson, Burlington (7.8); 4. Samuel Arber, Newton (7.7); 5. Matthew Hassan, Newton (7.5).

    Pommel — 1. Samuel Arber, Newton (7.9); 2. Jake Barrett, Braintree (7.8); 3. Christian Wilkey, Lowell (7.5); 4. Michel Pham, Lowell (7.3); 5. Matthew Hassan, Newton (6.9).

    Rings — 1. Christian Wilkey, Lowell (9.5); 2. Samuel Arber, Newton (7.9); 3. Jake Barrett, Braintree (7.8); 4. Andrew Butler, Attleboro (7.7); 5. Jake Forbes, Newton (7.6).

    Vault — 1. Christian Wilkey, Lowell (9.05); 2. Andre Butler, Attleboro (9.0); 3. Samuel Arber, Newton (8.9); 4. Jake Barrett, Braintree (8.55); 5. Matthew Hassan, Newton (8.35).

    All-Around Scores — 1. Christian Wilkey, Lowell (52.05), 2. Jake Barrett, Braintree (49.45); 3. Samuel Arber, Newton (49.35); 4. Matthew Hassan, Newton (47.50); 5. Andre Butler, Attleboro (46.45).

    Craig Walker/Globe Staff
    Lowell senior Christian Wilkey soared through air on his floor exercise routine.

    Tom Petrini can be reached at thomas.petrini@globe.com.