Max Jurkowski had never experienced the feeling that comes from being No. 1.
The Wheaton Warrenville Co-op senior finally received the glory that comes from being the top dog as he won the floor exercise with an 8.8 to help his team capture Saturday’s 21-team Vic Avigliano Invitational at Rolling Meadows.
Wheaton Warrenville Co-op scored a 50, runner-up Conant had a 48.25 and Lake Park took third with a 46.5.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever finished in first on varsity so yes, I’m very excited,” Jurkowski said. “I was down on myself after how I did on Friday (at Lake Park’s Ralph Krupke Invitational), so I was happy to do better today.”
Ethan Sansone, who hadn’t competed during the past couple weeks due to an athletic code violation, returned in strong fashion, winning the high bar with a 9.2.
“It feels good to be back in the swing of things, no pun intended,” Sansone said. “We’ve got a really good team this year with a lot of depth and I’m just happy to be able to come back.”
Wheaton Warrenville Co-op didn’t use standout David MacDonald, a newcomer this spring, who scored a 56.6 in the all-around on Friday night in Roselle.
Glenbard South’s Paul Steger won still rings with an 8.2, edging Prospect’s Tim Pappas, who totaled an 8.1.
“It’s a really cool experience to come in here and do only one event and win it,” Steger said. “It was a nice break to just focus on one thing.”
Fellow District 87 rival Perry Zumbrook won vault with a 9.4 for Glenbrook West.
“I hadn’t tossed a tsuk all season and then finally went with it today,” Zumbrook said. “It’s pretty exciting. I had been working on it in practice, but to pull it out in a big meet like this and be successful was so much bigger.”
Conant’s Joey Mauk won parallel bars decisively with a 9.5 as runner-up Jon McNamara from Glenbard West had an 8.4.
Fremd’s C.J. Patton was equally impressive on pommel horse, claiming top honors with a 9.5. Lake Park’s Sam Flory took second with an 8.8.