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Moldauer, Malone and Braunton Earn 2017 U.S. Men’s Gymnastics Titles

Posted on 19 August 2017 by admin

ANAHEIM,CA — Yul Moldauer earned his first U.S. Championships all-around title, leading the contest the whole way, also garnering a share of the floor title.  He joins rare company among those who have won JO, U.S. and NCAA all-around crowns.  Now with a domestic trifecta, the world awaits.  Moldauer also tacked on top-8 placements on four other events (PH,SR,VT,PB), including a 2nd-place finish on PB.  His only blemish on twelve events was a fall on HB, but he made up for that with a spectacular performance on FX (14.95).  Moldauer’s former Oklahoma teammate Allan Bower again demonstrated his uncanny consistency, earning the only other 86 posted during the two-day event (86.15).  Bower had top-8 tallies on all six events, highlighted by 3rd and 4th-place finishes on PH and VT, respectively.

Donnell Whittenburg leapfrogged two places in the standings, taking the 3rd-place spot.  Whittenburg surged to a share of the VT title and had 3rd-place finishes on SR and PB.  His 14.00 on PH was his top score of the year on that event, improving on his first day score by over a point.  2nd day runner-up Akash Modi about equaled his first day score, but was simply outscored by Bower and Whittenburg to end up in 4th place.  Donothan Bailey had four top-10 placements to round out the top 5.  Bailey also had four top-10 event scores, including a 4th place achievement on PH.

The top 8 all arounders earned automatic berths to the Senior National Team.  Those also getting spots were Colin Van Wicklen (6th), Kanji Oyama (7th) and Trevor Howard (8th).  Van Wicklen’s highlights were taking 3rd on FX and 2nd on HB.  Oyama was top 10 on FX,PH,VT and PB.  His score on VT was good enough for 5th place.  Howard finished in the top 10 on two events (SR,VT), including a 6th-place podium placement on SR.  The remaining seven National Team spots will be announced on Sunday morning.


The seven gymnasts added to the Senior National Team are as follows:

  • Marvin Kimble
  • Sam Mikulak
  • Alex Naddour
  • Eddie Penev
  • Alex Powarzynski
  • Alec Yoder
  • Sean Melton

Alex Naddour appears to be a lock for the World Team, easily besting the PH field with two outstanding days (15.30/15.25).  Obviously with those scores, he came away with the title.  He also looked great on SR (14.70/15.10).  Naddour garned three 15s out of four routines.

Eddie Penev was a double winner, taking honors on FX (T1st) and VT (T1st).  His selection to the World Team appears to be a lock.  His younger brother, Kevin, joined him for Day 2, and also earned a podium finish on FX (6th).  Kevin will be revealing his college choice in November.  He and 1st Day Junior leader (15-16) Laz Barnhill were the only two Juniors in the Day 2 Senior field.

Sam Mikulak enhanced his shot for World Team inclusion by placing 2nd on PH and 3rd on HB.  He still placed 3rd on HB despite taking a tumble on a release and using extra matting.  He was especially consistent with two strong days on PH (14.75/14.85).

Marvin Kimble had perhaps the weekend’s most intriguing storyline, earning a sure-fire spot on the National Team and World Team consideration.  Kimble tied for the SR crown, won HB outright, and took the 5th position on PH.  His move from the OTC back to Salto’s in Wisconsin seems to be paying big dividends.

Illinois alumnus Mike Wilner had an inspiring win on SR (14.85/15.05).  He joined Naddour and Whittenburg as the only gymnasts to hit for 15 over the two days.  Wilner didn’t find out until well after the Qualifier ended that he even earned a trip to Anaheim.

Oklahoma alum Colin Van Wicklen had two great days of competition, culminating with a 3rd-place finish on FX and taking 2nd place on HB.

Another Oklahoma alum, Alex Powarzynski, ended up 10th AA in only his third AA competition since high school.  His reward?  His first spot on the Senior National Team!  He was last on the National Team in 2008-2009 as a Junior.  Quite an accomplishment to go along with his three NCAA team title rings.


The 2017 World Team is as follows:

  • Marvin Kimble
  • Sam Mikulak
  • Yul Moldauer
  • Alex Naddour
  • Eddie Penev
  • Donnell Whittenburg


  • Allan Bower
  • Akash Modi
  • Colin Van Wicklen


Brody Malone went wire-to-wire run away with the 17-18 Junior division AA title (162.10).  On top of that, he was a quadruple event winner (FX,PH,PB,HB) to add to his medal collection.  Malone has set himself up well to earn scholarship offers and potential international assignments that may arise during his final year of club competition.  Vitaliy Guimaraes (158.15) improved over his first day results to take 2nd position.  Guimaraes captured the event title on VT, hitting for 14+ both days.  He likewise is looking to cash in on international assignments.  Ohio State-bound Max Andryushchenko (153.70) earned AA bronze and took the top prize on SR (27.85).  Rounding out the top five were Nebraska signee Griffin Kehler (153.55) and Khalil Jackson (153.40).

Garrett Braunton’s two event wins (FX-27.20, SR-27.30) propelled him to victory in the 15-16 division.  Coming from a long line of gymnastics brothers, Braunton overcame a back injury (suffered last year) to win his first national AA title.  Age-wise (high school sophomore), he is in a perfect position to capitalize on any international assignments tossed his way.  Paul Juda earned the silver medal (156.75), just a half-point away.  VT winner Riley Loos took AA bronze (154.50), and completing the top 5 were Dylan Young (154.35) and Colt Walker (153.95).  Other event winners were John Chou (PH & PB) and Sam Phillips on HB.

Eleven new members of the Level 10 Junior National Team were introduced upon conclusion of the Senior session…

  • Brody Malone
  • Vitaliy Guimaraes
  • Brandon Briones
  • Bennet Huang
  • Shane Wiskus
  • Max Andryushchenko
  • Laz Barnhill
  • Garrett Braunton
  • Paul Juda
  • Riley Loos
  • Dylan Young
  • Colt Walker
  • John Chou
  • Justin Ah Chow



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