Kernel gymnasts pick up dual win at Wagner

The Class AA No. 1-ranked Kernels scored 138.625 points as a team, retaining their undefeated team record in 2021-22 in the process.

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WAGNER, S.D. — The Mitchell High School gymnastics team picked up a dual victory in a road competition at Wagner/Bon Homme on Monday night.

Using an alternate lineup of gymnasts to allow the team’s roster to get varsity competition and experience, the Class AA No. 1-ranked Kernels scored 138.625 points as a team, ahead of Wagner/Bon Homme’s 130.375 points, and retaining the Kernels' undefeated team record in 2021-22 in the process.

Eighth-grader Kyanna Gropper was the Kernels’ lone solo event winner for the night, scoring a 9.025 on the uneven bars, leading a Mitchell 1-2-3 finish in the event, with Chelsey Mohr taking second (8.175) and Lara Widstrom third (8.000).

Wagner’s Alexys Reub was the all-around title winner with a score of 35.475. The sophomore had the top scores for the night in floor (9.500) and vault (9.025). Reub shared the balance beam title with Mitchell’s Widstrom, with each scoring 9.125.

Gropper was second in the all-around scoring, posting a 35.025, with Widstrom in third with a four-event total of 33.875 points.


On floor, after Reub’s 9.500 score, Emerson Smith finished second for Mitchell with a score of 9.350. The Kernels’ Aubrey Gelderman scored a 9.3000, with Gropper fourth (9.000) and Widstrom fifth (8.800).

Mohr was third on beam (8.725), edging Gropper’s score of 8.700. Gelderman was fifth with a score of 8.225. As a team, Mitchell outscored Wagner/Bon Homme on beam, 34.775 to 31.200 and by two full points on floor (36.450 to 34.450). The difference on bars was 32.900 to 30.125 in favor of Mitchell.

Wagner/Bon Homme outscored Mitchell by a tenth of a point on the team vault scoring, 34.600 points to the Kernels’ 34.500. After Reub’s winning score, Mohr was second (8.950), Wagner/Bon Homme’s Alcista Dion was third (8.875), Mitchell’s Tessa Allen was fourth (8.825) and Wagner/Bon Homme’s Jenna Duffek (8.700) finished fifth.

Mitchell will likely have both of its lineups in action again later this week, with two competitions on the schedule. The Kernels are at the Huron Invitational at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14, followed by the Pierre Invitational at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15.

Wagner is back in action on Jan. 15 for the Linda Collignon Invitational at Madison High School.

Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at
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