Fitch junior letters in gymnastics
December 5, 2018


High school athletes earn letters by participating in sports. It is common to see football, basketball and track, as well as other high school sports, issuing letters to athletes to wear on a letterman's jacket.

One rare sport that doesn't get a lot of attention is gymnastics. At last week's Austintown Board of Education meeting, Fitch junior Dylan Colangelo was recognized for his accomplishments and was issued a letter for his jacket.

Colangelo, son of Benjamin and Christina Colangelo, said he got his start at four years of age.

"My aunt said I needed to be in gymnastics," he said. "That is when I started competing at Youngstown Gymnastics."

He moved up the ladder, competing in harder levels. As a high school junior, he is in level 10, which is a highly competitive level.

Colangelo trains and is part of a team from Olympic Dreams Gymnastics in Liberty.

As for his achievements, in his freshman year at Fitch he went to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Orlando, Florida, where he placed sixth in the vault. On the state level he placed second in all around scoring and was the state champion on parallel bars in both his freshman and sophomore years.

Fitch Principal Chris Berni said it is because of what he has achieved that a letter for gymnastics was needed, even though gymnastics is not a recognized OHSAA sport.

Colangelo said he enjoys gymnastics and already has plans to continue it into the future. He said being part of the U.S. Olympic Team would be a dream come true, but for now, the focus is elsewhere.

"From age four I never planned this, but I would love to be part of the U.S. Olympic Team," he said, "but college is the big plan right now."

He is looking at Penn State, Ohio State, or the U.S. Naval Academy, hoping to attend on a gymnastics scholarship. Wherever he goes, they will know he is a Fitch letterman.


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