Burke, Watts win junior men's all-around titles at 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships
posted on 08/24/2014

© John Cheng

PITTSBURGH, Pa., Aug. 24, 2014 – Tristan Burke of Royse City, Texas/WOGA Frisco, and Kiwan Watts of North Chesterfield, Va./Above The Bar, won the U.S. junior men’s 15-16 and 17-18 all-around titles, respectively, in the final competition session of the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center.

In the 17-18 year old division, Watts scored 166.200 in the all-around to claim the title. Yul Moldauer of Arvada, Colo./5280 Gymnastics, was second in the all-around at 165.650. Robert Neff of Brookfield, Wis./Swiss Turners, was third with 163.850. Watts also was the gold medalist for the horizontal bar at 27.050 and tied for with Kyle King of Mesquite, Texas/Ridgewood Gymnastics, for first on the floor exercise at 28.350. He was the silver medalist on both the pommel horse (27.050) and still rings (28.000). His other event scores were: vault, 28.700, and parallel bars, 27.050. In addition, Moldauer captured the pommel horse title (27.750) and tied for third on floor (28.100). The remaining event champions are: Dmitri Belanovski of West Allis, Wis./Swiss Turners, still rings (28.400); Alexander Wilson of Sugar Land, Texas/Houston Gym Center, vault (29.450); and Ryan Sheppard, Murphy, Texas/WOGA Plano, parallel bars (28.400).

In the 15-16 year old division, Burke captured the all-around title with 164.550. Grant Breckenridge of Libertyville, Ill./Buffalo Grove, finished in second place at 163.300, and David Jessen of Providence, R.I./TAG USA, rounded out the top three at 161.300. Burke also took top honors in the still rings at 28.600, and tied for second on the parallel bars at 27.850. Burke’s other individual event scores were: 27.800, floor exercise; 26.050, pommel horse; 28.600, vault; and 25.650, horizontal bar. Matthew Wenske of Houston, Texas/Cypress Academy, and Levi Anderson of Houston, Texas/Cypress Academy, tied for first on the floor exercise at 28.750. The other individual event winners were: Cameron Bock of Tustin, Calif./SCATS Gymnastics, pommel horse, 26.250; Wenske, vault, 29.700; Breckenridge, parallel bars, 28.050; and Levi Anderson of Houston, Texas/Cypress Academy, horizontal bar, 27.950.

In addition to VisitPittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Penguins, AEG and CONSOL Energy Center were instrumental in bringing the event to the city. The City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are also helping support the championships.

Background information

  • VisitPittsburgh. VisitPittsburgh is the official tourism promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to generating convention, trade show and leisure travel business for the Pittsburgh region.

  • CONSOL Energy Center. CONSOL Energy Center, operated by AEG Facilities, is Pittsburgh's premier indoor site for sports and entertainment. In addition to being home to the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, the arena hosted the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball second and third rounds as well as the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four and will host the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball second and third rounds.

  • David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Completed in 2003 and owned by the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County (SEA), the DLCC is located in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District, within steps of theaters, museums, sport venues, galleries and restaurants. The dynamic architectural design is like no other – breath-taking views, open terraces and a suspended roof structure. As the first LEED Gold certified convention center under the LEED for New Construction rating system, some of the "green" features include: a natural ventilation system, abundant natural daylight, a water reclamation system, and an extensive recycling program. The DLCC continues to adhere to the slogan; "Built Green. Working Green. Every Day" and has now achieved LEED Platinum certification under the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating system. The DLCC is the first convention center to receive certification under both rating systems.

  • AEG Facilities. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the leading sports, entertainment and venue operator in the world. AEG Facilities, a stand-alone affiliate of AEG, owns, operates or consults with more than 100 of the industry's preeminent venues worldwide, across five continents, providing complete venue management, as well as specialized programs in operations, guest services, ticketing, booking, sales and marketing. AEG Facilities also provides resources and access to other AEG-affiliated entities, including live event producer, AEG Live, AEG Global Partnerships, AEG Development, AEG 1Earth, AEG Encore and AEG Creative to support the success of AEG venues across the globe. The Los Angeles-based organization owns, operates or provides services to the world's most elite venues, including STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.), Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE (Los Angeles, Calif.), Sprint Center (Kansas City, Mo.), XL Center (Hartford, Conn.), KFC YUM! Center (Louisville, Ky.), AmericanAirlines Arena (Miami, Fla.), Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.), Target Center (Minneapolis, Minn.), BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas), O.co Coliseum and Oracle Arena (Oakland, Calif.), CONSOL Energy Center (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), MasterCard Center (Beijing, China), The O2 Arena (London, England), O2 World (Berlin, Germany), O2 World Hamburg (Hamburg, Germany), Ahoy Arena (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Pernambuco Stadium (Recife, Brazil), Allphones Arena (Sydney, Australia), ULKER Sports Arena (Istanbul, Turkey), Ericsson Globe Arena (Stockholm, Sweden) and the Qatar National Convention Centre (Doha, Qatar). For more information, please visit www.aegworldwide.com.