HOUSTON, Texas, May 24, 2008 – Glen Ishino of Santa Ana, Calif., and John Orozco of Bronx, N.Y., claimed the junior men’s all-around titles in the 16-18 year-old and 14-15 year-old divisions, respectively, at the 2008 Visa Championships at Reliant Park in Houston. Ishino also claimed four individual event titles, and Orozco earned three. The Visa Championships concludes tonight with the final day of senior men’s artistic gymnastics beginning at 6 p.m. CT.
In the 16-18 year-old division, Ishino posted a score of 87.150 to finish nearly three points ahead of Donothan Bailey of Lake Forest, Calif., who scored an 84.250. Jake Dalton of Sparks, Nev., finished third at 82.750.
Ishino won floor exercise with a score of 14.350, followed by Matt McGrath of Wheaton, Ill., in second and Dalton in third. On pommel horse, Ishino’s 14.650 outscored Bailey and Christopher Stehl of Richmond, Texas, who finished second and third, respectively.
With a score of 14.800, Ishino claimed the parallel bars title, finishing ahead of Bailey and Alexander Naddour of Mesa, Ariz. Ishino’s fourth U.S. individual event title in 2008 came on horizontal bar with his score of 13.800. Glenn McCuen of Plano, Texas, placed second, and Dalton, Matthew Chelberg of Wheaton, Ill. and Russell Dabritz of Rowley, Mass., finished in a three-way tie for third.
D.J. Repp of Albuquerque, N.M. won still rings with his score of 14.200. Three gymnasts tied for third Bailey, Ishino and Jeffrey Langenstein of San Carlos, Calif. Dalton claimed the vault title with a score of 16.250, followed by Ishino and McGrath.
In the 14-15 year-old age group, Orozco claimed his second straight U.S. junior all-around title with a score of 86.000. Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif., was second at 84.450 and C.J. Maestas of Albuquerque, N.M., was third at 84.000.
Orozco defended his U.S. junior titles on parallel bars and horizontal bar with scores of 14.950 and 14.050, respectively. Maestas placed second, and Jacoby Rubin of Buffalo Grove, Ill., and Christopher Turner of Fremont, Calif., tied for third on parallel bars. On horizontal bar, Mikulak and was second and Rubin and Sean Senters of Center Valley, Pa., tied for third. Orozco and Matthew Del Junco of Santa Ana, Calif., tied for first on vault with after each scored a 15.400. Mikulak finished third on vault.
Senters won floor exercise with a score of 14.200, with Mikulak in second and Maestas in third. Maestas won still rings and tied for first on pommel horse with Rubin. Maestas posted a 15.000 on still rings, and Orozco and Mikulak finished second and third, respectively. On pommel horse, Rubin and Maestas earned scores of 14.050, and Orozco finished third.
The Visa Championships traces its history back to 1897 for the men.
About Reliant Park
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About USA Gymnastics
Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and acrobatic gymnastics.
2008 Visa Championships
May 24, 2008
Junior men’s gymnastics final results
Men’s junior division finals (two age divisions)
16-18 year-old division
1. Glen Ishino, Santa Ana, Calif., 87.150
2. Donothan Bailey, Lake Forest, Calif., 84.250
3. Jake Dalton, Sparks, Nev., 82.750
4. Russell Dabritz, Rowley, Mass., 82.500
5. Alexander Naddour, Mesa, Ariz., 82.350
6. Austin Phillips, Mahwah, N.J., 80.950
7. Christopher Stehl, Richmond, Texas, 80.900
8. Glenn McCuen, Plano, Texas, 80.400
9. D.J. Repp, Albuquerque, N.M., 80.250
9. Mackenzie Dow, Cranford, N.J., 80.250
11. Matthew Chelberg, Athens, Ohio, 80.200
12. Matt McGrath, Wheaton, Ill., 79.700
13. C.J. Padera, Winfield, Ill., 79.550
14. Parker Raque, Louisville, Ky., 78.100
15. Broderick Shemansky, Los Gatos, Calif., 77.900
16. Jeffrey Langenstein, San Carlos, Calif., 75.600
17. Devin Regan, Libertyville, Ill., 74.950
1. Glen Ishino, Santa Ana, Calif., 14.350
2. Matt McGrath, Wheaton, Ill., 13.900
3. Jake Dalton, Sparks, Nev., 13.850
4. Parker Raque, Louisville, Ky., 13.800
5. C.J. Padera, Winfield, Ill., 13.600
6. Alexander Naddour, Mesa, Ariz., 13.500
7. Mackenzie Dow, Cranford, N.J., 13.350
7. D.J. Repp, Albuquerque, N.M., 13.350
9. Donothan Bailey, Lake Forest, Calif., 13.300
10. Glenn McCuen, Plano, Texas, 13.250
10. Broderick Shemansky, Los Gatos, Calif., 13.250
12. Russell Dabritz, Rowley, Mass., 13.150
13. Matthew Chelberg, Athens, Ohio, 12.900
14. Austin Phillips, Mahwah, N.J., 12.800
15. Christopher Stehl, Richmond, Texas, 12.700
16. Devin Regan, Libertyville, Ill., 12.050
17. Jeffrey Langenstein, San Carlos, Calif., 12.000
1. Glen Ishino, Santa Ana, Calif., 14.650
2. Donothan Bailey, Lake Forest, Calif., 14.450
3. Christopher Stehl, Richmond, Texas, 13.400
4. Russell Dabritz, Rowley, Mass., 13.100
5. Alexander Naddour, Mesa, Ariz., 13.050
6. Mackenzie Dow, Cranford, N.J., 13.000
7. Matthew Chelberg, Athens, Ohio, 12.950
8. Austin Phillips, Mahwah, N.J.,