Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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January 31, 2013

Manning the 'Lord of the Rings'

Dominant Manning being wooed by Division 1 powers

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Wherever he decides to compete, he expects to make his biggest impact in his event of choice, the rings.

“I just love the rings,” he said. “I like the idea you can just keep getting stronger and achieve things that other people can’t do. I love the iron cross (arms extended horizontally). It’s kind of funny because everyone thinks that’s one of the hardest skills, but it’s really one of the easiest. But people love it.”

As Manning continues to dominate at the high school level, winning five events and the all-around in a dual meet on Monday, he has certainly left an impression on those around the program.

“He is No. 1 in the state and maybe the best gymnast ever to come out of Andover,” said Golden Warriors coach Steve Sirois. “And that goes back to the 1940s. He works out at his private gym in the afternoon and with us at night. He works out on the weekends. He can’t get enough.”

Future uncertain

With the MIAA dropping boys gymnastics as an official varsity sport following this season (See story, Page 1), forcing it to become club, the Golden Warriors would like to make a statement in 2013.

“I think we could accomplish anything including winning states,” said senior Austin Teal. “This is a really good team.”

They also hope the MIAA could change their minds.

“I was very disappointed when I heard about it,” said junior co-captain Brian McDonough. “It will continue in some form, but I hope they change their minds. But this is a very focused team so we feel like it will be a good year.”

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