USA sends two teams to 2016 RD761 International Junior Team Cup
posted on 01/14/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 11, 2016 – The United States is entering two teams in the 2016 RD761 International Junior Team Cup Jan. 15-16 at Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. Canada, Colombia, Great Britain and Japan are also competing in the two-day event. The International Junior Team Cup is being held in conjunction with the RD761 Gymnastics Invitational.

The USA is sending its top junior elite gymnasts, including Davis Grooms of Katy, Texas/Champions Gymnastics, who won the junior 15-16 all-around title at the 2015 P&G Gymnastics Championships in Indianapolis, as well as junior 15-16 P&G Championships medalists Shane Wiskus of Spring Park, Minn./Mini-Hops Gymnastics (silver), Tanner Justus of Cypress, Texas/Cypress Gymnastics (bronze/tie), and Matthew Wenske of Houston/Mini-Hops Gymnastics (bronze/tie). In addition the 2015 Men’s National Junior Olympic Championships junior elite medalists on the team are: Cameron Bock of Tustin, Calif./SCATS Gymnastics, 15 champion; Vitaly Guimaraes of Arvada, Colo./5280 Gymnastics, 14 champion; and Alexei Vernyi of Cypress, Texas/Cypress Gymnastics, 15 silver medalist.

The two U.S. Teams chosen by USA Gymnastics are listed below.

Team 1
Cameron Bock, Tustin, Calif./SCATS Gymnastics
Davis Grooms, Katy, Texas/Champions Gymnastics
Bennet Huang, Palo Alton, Calif./West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy
Matthew Wenske, Houston/Mini-Hops Gymnastics
Shane Wiskus, Spring Park, Minn./Mini-Hops Gymnastics

Team 2
Addison Chung, Medfield, Mass./New England Sports Academy
Vitaly Guimaraes, Arvada, Colo./5280 Gymnastics
Tanner Justus, Cypress, Texas/Cypress Gymnastics
Jacob Moore, West Bloomfield, Mich./Twistars USA Inc.
Alexei Vernyi, Cypress, Texas/Cypress Gymnastics

The competition schedule is: Jan. 15 – Team and all-around finals, 5 p.m.; and Jan. 16 – individual event finals, 5 p.m. A welcome reception is slated for Jan. 14.

Each team has five gymnasts. For the team competition, four gymnasts compete on each apparatus, with the three top scores counting toward the team score. The all-around rankings will be determined based on performances at the team competition. With a maximum of two per country, the top eight on each apparatus qualify for event finals.

2016 RD761 International Junior Team Cup athlete roster

Canada
Jesse Tyndall
Chris Kaji
William Emard
Samuel Zakutney
Anthony Tawfik

Colombia
Dilan Jimenez
Manuel Martinez
David Toro
Jhon Cardona

Great Britain
Giarnni Regini- Moran
Tommy Nicolaou
Hamish Carter
Joshua Nathan
Joe Fraser

Japan
Koki Maeda
Kakeru Tanigawa
Shigeto Suzuki
Hiroto Ishizawa
Shuma Iwakawa

United States
Team 1
Cameron Bock
Davis Grooms
Shane Wiskus
Bennet Huang
Matthew Wenske

Team 2
Tanner Justus
Addison Chung
Jacob Moore
Vitaly Guimaraes
Alexei Vernyi