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Wiskus, Huang, Briones & Juda Lead Day 1 at 2017 Men’s JO Nationals

Posted on 11 May 2017 by admin

Many of the top NCAA Men’s Gymnastics recruits made a big splash on opening day at the 2017 Men’s JO Nationals.  Shane Wiskus (age 18-Minnesota-87.60) and Bennet Huang (age 17-Iowa-85.80) are atop the leader board for the Level 10 Junior Elite Division after Day 1 for their respective age divisions.  Wiskus, the nation’s top-ranked Junior, is aiming to defend his 2016 JE title.  He performed a clean sweep last season, taking the JE and P&G titles.  Wiskus cruised over Brennan Pantazis (Penn State-82.90), Griffin Kehler (Nebraska-81.90) and Sean Neighbarger (Ohio State-80.60), earning the highest scores on four events — FX (15.10), PH (13.60), PB (14.90) and HB (15.25).  Huang leads a very tough age division (17), edging out Max Andryushchenko (Ohio State-83.80), Brody Malone (82.80) and Khalil Jackson (82.75).  Huang had his division’s best scores on FX (15.60) and PH (14.45).  Neighbarger (FX-15.90) and Parker Clayton (Penn State-SR-15.05) tallied the other two top event scores in the 18-year-old division.  Ian Gunther (SR-14.85, PB-14.50), Kevin Penev (VT-15.05) and Brady Yamamoto (HB-14.25) were the other top event scorers in the 17-year-0ld division.

Paul Juda (age 15-85.00) and Brandon Briones (age 16-86.15) were the top finishers in the younger divisions.  Juda also recorded the best scores on FX (14.50) and HB (14.25), while Briones also tallied the top scores on FX (15.10), VT (15.15) and HB (T1st-13.70).  Juda prevailed over Sam Phillips (83.80) and Colt Walker (83.30) in a close contest.  Briones now has quite a comfortable lead over Riley Loos (82.85) and David Pochinka (82.20).  Top event scorers in the 15-year-old division also included John Chou (PH-14.30), Walker (SR-15.25, VT-15.30) and Phillips (PB-14.35).  Lazarus Barnhill (PH-13.80), Pochinka (SR-15.35, PB-15.10) and Crew Bold (HB-T1st-13.70) also led event scoring in the 16-year-old division.

The Junior Elite Division completed their optional routines for the weekend, and will perform technical sequences in Saturday’s finals.  The AA and Event champions will also be determined.  The Level 8/9 competition is tomorrow (Friday) with the same format as the Level 10s.  The 8s and 9s will compete together, with the JO division competing in the first two sessions & the Junior Elite division wrapping things up in the evening session.

In the morning and afternoon sessions, the JO Division Level 10s completed their first day of optional routines.  The top qualifiers going into Saturday’s finals were Maxim Ryzhuk (79.25-age 15), Jimmy Mitchell (79.80-age 16), Casimir Buske (77.75-age 17) and Colton Dee (Minnesota-79.30-age 18).

Region 1 was victorious in the JE team competition, while Region VI took the the JO team crown.




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