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Men’s Club Season Debuts with Top Meets in Las Vegas and Chicago

Posted on 17 January 2011 by admin

The 2011 men’s club gymnastics season kicked off this past weekend, and the top two meets were the Vitaly Scherbo Invitational and the Windy City Classic. Some amazingly high early-season scores were posted at both meets.  At the Windy City meet, Orlando Metro’s Jake Martin had the highest all-around score (89.10) and highest score on floor (15.00) in the 16-18 division.  Meanwhile his teammate, Sean Melton, put up an 86.00 in the all-around and tied for the highest vault score of the weekend (16.20).  In the elite division, Jesse Silverstein topped the field with an 86.95.  This meet featured select teams from coast-to-coast.  One particular west-coaster, Black Hills’ Dominic Morris, tallied the meet’s highest score on pommel horse with a 14.85.

In Las Vegas, SCATS Gymnastics’ Adrian De Los Angeles and Jesse Glenn lit up the place with their 87.10 and 86.70 all-around scores, respectively.  De Los Angeles was brilliant on pommel horse (14.90), vault (16.20) and parallel bars (14.95).  A fall on high bar prevented a possible score over 88.00.  His teammate, Glenn, nailed his floor routine (14.85) and dazzled the crowd with his 15.40 on high bar.  2010 JO Nationals Level 9 all around runner-up Marty Strech led the Level 9 field with an 81.00.  His score would have been higher if not for a couple of tumbles on high bar (11.90).   Three current Junior National Team members competed in this meet:  De Los Angeles, Glenn and Golden Bear’s Kevin Ko.

Probably the biggest story of the meet was the Level 9 debut of Nikita Bolotsky (competing as a 10-year-old this season).  Bolotsky performed very consistently clean, and reportedly watered-down routines, ending up with a 76.30.  This season will be the first of his four years of Level 9.  For the second season in-a-row, he includes a wide-armed handstand in his floor routine.  Truly, this young man has a bright gymnastics future ahead of him.

Another interesting factoid to emerge at the Scherbo meet was the visiting Australian contingent from Queensland Academy of Sport in Brisbane.  They are coached by none other than Serguei Chinkar, the man who coached Vitaly Scherbo to six gold medals at the ’92 Barcelona Olympics.  Chinkar is now the coach of 2010 Australian World Team member Thomas Pichler.

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Tgymnast Says:

    Where did you find results for the Vitaly Scherbo invitational? I couldn’t find it anywhere. Thanks!

  2. admin Says:

    I kept score for about 10 gymnasts. Vitaly’s gym usually takes several days to post scores on their site. If they used MSO, the scores would be posted in real time. Wish all gyms used MSO. Scores should not be proprietary.

  3. clubG Says:

    Scores have been posted since Wed on

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