There are no more Roberson brothers to dominate Section VI gymnastics, but the name will live on in the record books.
Williamsville South senior Noah Roberson set two sectional records and tied a third one Wednesday in winning his second straight all-around boys gymnastics title inside his home gymnasium.
Roberson’s 57.85 all-around score broke the two-year-old record set by former Stumpf’s Gymnastics teammate Jonathan Zirna (Clarence).
South coach Joe Buscaglia was aware that Roberson needed a 9.4 in the final event to break the all-around record, but he didn’t tell Roberson.
“He didn’t want to know,” Buscaglia said. “He can’t control the scores. He can only control his performance and going out there and doing the best routine he can do.
Roberson wrapped up all-around with a horizontal bar score of 9.75 that broke a sectional event record shared by Zirna and Nathanial Roberson, the 2010 all-around champion.
“Noah is a competitor,” Buscaglia said. “He sets goals for himself, he works hard and he attains them. That’s all you can ask. You work hard, you’re dedicated and you set high standards for yourself, good things are going to happen.”
Roberson tied Zirna’s record with a 9.7 on the rings. He came within .15 of Keith Stumpf’s eight-year-old record with a score of 9.65 on the floor exercise, scored a 9.5 on the pommel horse, a 9.65 on the vault and a 9.6 on the parallel bars.
“It was a great relief to come here and do everything I planned on doing,” Noah Roberson said. “The pressure was building up the whole meet, and to nail that last dismount, with my parents here and everything was a great experience.”
Roberson was also honored with the Mark Monaco Gymnast of the Year award.
“I’m going to miss the Roberson family,” official Peter Rao said when presenting Roberson with the award.
Since Roberson could only medal in three individual events, Williamsville East junior Stephen Frost won the pommel horse (8.9), parallel bars (8.5) and horizontal bars (7.9) titles. Frost placed second with an all-around score of 52.7.
“Stephen works hard and his time will come,” Buscaglia said. “Just like Noah was behind Nathaniel for a couple years and then he caught up.”
Williamsville North seniors Joseph Cassata and Austin Santora were presented with the Joe Chearmonte Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award.
Noah Roberson said he is deciding between Stanford and Michigan for continuing his gymnastics career.
While Wednesday marked the end of an eight-year era of Robersons competing for South’s boys gymnastics team, freshman Miranda Roberson heads into Saturday’s Section VI girls championship meet after placing third a year ago.
“Everyone always asks are your parents gymnasts,” Noah Roberson said. “They’re not, we just got started at a young age and excelled. They just brought us up to work hard and be dedicated to whatever we do.”