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KNOXVILLE, Tenn., May 8, 2010 – Yul Moldauer of Arvada, Colo., won the Level 9 all-around crown at the 2010 U.S. Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships in the Knoxville (Tenn.) Convention Center. Competition concludes on Sunday, May 9, at 12 p.m. with individual event finals for both Levels 9 and 10.
Yul Moldauer, who trains at 5280 Gymnastics, won the Level 9 all-around title with a two-day total of 166.100. Marty Strech of Fountain Valley, Calif./Azarian U.S. Gymnastics Training Center, edged Marvin Kimble of Milwaukee, Wis./Swiss Turners Gymnastics Academy, 163.600 to 163.400, to claim second place. Colin Van Wicklen of Magnolia, Texas/Cypress Gymnastics Academy, just missed the podium at 163.350 to finish fourth. David Jessen of East Greenwich, R.I./Rhode Island Sports Elite, rounded out the top five with 162.750.
Van Wicklen recorded the top score on two events, vault (31.450) and floor exercise (29.550). Jessen posted the top marks on parallel bars (28.450) and horizontal bar (26.950). Kimble earned the top score on pommel horse (28.100), and Stretch claimed the highest mark on still rings (27.850). Moldauer, Van Wicklen, Jessen and Justus are members of the 2009-10 USA Gymnastics Junior National Team.
The top 36 all-arounders from Level 9, Level 10 (14-15) and Level 10 (16-18) from preliminaries advanced to the all-around finals.
The top 12 gymnasts on each apparatus from preliminaries that did not participate in the all-around final competed simultaneously in individual event semifinals. The top six ranked gymnasts on each apparatus after all-around finals and individual event semifinals advanced to individual apparatus event finals tomorrow at 12 p.m.
The Junior Olympic levels are determined by age and skill level. Level 9 consists of 12-13 year old, while Level 10 is split into two age groups: 14-15 years old and 16-18 years old. The top 14 gymnasts in Level 9 are named to the Junior Olympic National Team.
Tickets may be purchased at the Knoxville Convention Center at the admissions desk. Individual tickets are still available – children 12 & under, seniors (55+) and active military for $17 with adults for $20. All children four and under are admitted free. ID is required for age-specific and military rates. Tickets are cash only.
Premier Athletics is the host club for the Junior Olympic Championships.
To advance to the Junior Olympic National Championships, gymnasts compete in state and regional championships and qualify based on their all-around or multiple-event scores, or through regional allotment. For more information on the event and live scoring, go to www.2010jomen.com.
The U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships is one of the national championships of USA Gymnastics, the sport’s national governing body in the United States. Many Junior Olympic champions have gone on to make the U.S. National Team and represent the United States in international competition and/or to compete in collegiate gymnastics. All of the members of the medal winning 2004 (silver) and 2008 (bronze) U.S. Olympic Teams are past Junior Olympic National Championships participants, including Paul Hamm, 2004 Olympic all-around champion, and Jonathan Horton, 2008 Olympic horizontal bar silver medalist.
2010 Men’s Junior Olympic Championships
Knoxville Convention Center
May 8, 2010
Level 10 All-around results
Junior Olympic National Team
1. Yul Moldauer, Arvada, Colo./5280 Gymnastics, 166.100
2. Marty Strech, Fountain Valley, Calif./Azarian U.S. Gymnastics Training Center, 163.600
3. Marvin Kimble, Milwaukee, Wisc./Swiss Turners Gymnastics Academy, 163.400
4. Colin Van Wicklen, Magnolia, Texas/Cypress Gymnastics Academy, 163.350
5. David Jessen, East Greenwich, R.I./Rhode Island Sports Elite, 162.750
6. Tristan Burke, Royse City, Texas/WOGA,162.400
7. Hunter Justus, Cypress, Texas/Cypress Gymnastics Academy, 161.350
8. Ryan Wangler, Savage, Minn./TAGS South Gymnastics, 159.900
9. Michael Burns, Baltimore, Md./Hocking Valley Gymnastics Academy, 157.450
9. Marcos Gatinho, Miami/Universal Gymnastics, 157.450
11. Yaroslav Pochinka, Plano, Texas/WOGA, 157.150
12. Lukas Texeira, Waukesha, Wis./SALTO Gymnastics, 157.000
13. Favian Valdez, Davenport, Fla./Orlando Metro Gymnastics, 156.500
14. Jack Kramer, Charlotte, N.C./Zenith Gymnastics, 156.300