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Mahtomedi's Bella Frattalone hangs on for another all-around title

By JIM PAULSEN, 02/22/20, 10:53PM CST


Unlike last year's championship in Class 1A, this one came in Class 2A and in her final competition.

Bella Frattalone of Mahtomedi, center, who won the Class 2A individual all-around title, stood with other top-place finishers Saturday at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul. Photo: Jack Rodgers, special to the Star Tribune

There was more than a little drama playing out in the final stages of the Class 2A individual state gymnastics meet.

Pre-meet favorite Bella Frattalone of Mahtomedi, the 2019 Class 1A all-around champion, had just vaulted, literally, into the lead in the chase for the all-around title after scoring a 9.775.

But the lead wasn’t secure. While Frattalone had posted a strong 38.575, Park Center junior Annika Lee was in striking distance and had yet to do her routine on the uneven bars.

Lee had a strong bars routine — but not quite strong enough. Her 9.55 fell just short, giving Frattalone her second state title in a row. With it, she became only the second gymnast in state history to win an all-around championship in both classes.

Rogers’ Sabrina Hoover won the Class 1A all-around in 2009 and 2A in 2010 and ’11.

Lee’s bars routine was the last of the meet, adding to the tension. If she scored a 9.625 or better, the title is hers. Thanks to the Minnesota State High School League's adoption of live scoring, nearly everyone in Roy Wilkins Auditorium knew what was at stake.

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