Orozco headlines field for 2016 Elite Team Cup
posted on 02/29/2016

© John Cheng

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 29, 2016 – 2014 World team bronze-medalist and 2012 Olympian John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), is one of nine senior elite male gymnasts who will compete along side junior elite men’s regional teams at the 2016 Elite Team Cup at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., at 6 p.m. ET on March 5. The Elite Team Cup is held in conjunction with the 2016 AT&T American Cup, an International Gymnastics Federation World Cup event that features some of the world’s biggest names in gymnastics and will be held earlier on March 5 at 11:30 a.m. ET, and the Nastia Liukin Cup, which showcases many of the country’s best Junior Olympic female gymnasts and is slated for 7 p.m. ET on March 4. The event will be webcast live at usagym.org.

The inaugural Elite Team Cup will feature nine men’s Regional Teams, each consisting of six junior elite gymnasts and one senior elite athlete. Team scores for the Elite Team Cup will be based on five athletes competing on each event with the top four scores on each event counting. In addition, there is prize money for the results in the senior elite all-around (all six events counting). Finally, results will be kept for the junior-athlete-only Regional Elite Team results – based on the top three junior elite scores on each event - that will serve as the basis for the 2017 draft.

In addition to Orozco, the senior elite gymnasts are: Peter Daggett of East Longmeadow, Mass./University of Oklahoma; Adrian de los Angeles of Long Beach, Calif./University of Michigan; Joshua Dixon of Los Gatos, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center; Stacey Ervin of Taylor, Mich./University of Michigan; Thomas Hanson of Mesa, Ariz./Arizona State University; Douglass Johnson of Los Angeles, Calif./Southern California United; Drew Moling of Canal Winchester, Ohio/Ohio State University; and Kiwan Watts of Richmond, Va./Above the Bar. Daggett and Watts are current members of the junior national team but now compete as seniors, and past members of the U.S. National Team are de los Angeles, Dixon and Ervin. They will be assigned to a regional team.

The senior men are vying for total of $6,000, which will be distributed to the top six finishers in the senior all-around standings: 1. $2,000; 2. $1,500; 3. $1,000; 4. $600; 5. $500; and 6. $400.

Four U.S. junior all-around medalists are competing on regional teams: Davis Grooms of Katy, Texas/Champions Gymnastics, 15-16 champion; Tanner Justus, Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy, 15-16 bronze medalist; (tie); Matthew Wenske of Houston, Texas/Cypress Academy, 15-16 bronze medalist (tie) and Junior Elite Level 10 16-year-old champion; and Shane Wiskus of Spring Park, Minn./MHG, 15-16 silver medalist and Junior Elite Level 10 15 bronze medalist. Several 2016 Junior Elite Level 10 all-around champions and medalists are on regional teams: Cameron Bock of Tustin, Calif./SCATS, 15-year-old champion; Nikita Bolotsky of Saint Johnsbury, Vt./Kingdom Gymnastics, 14-year-old silver medalist; Vitaliy Guimaraes of Arvada, Colo./5280 North, 14 year-old champion; Jacob Light of Macungie, Pa./Parkettes Gymnastics, 16-year-old bronze medalist; David Pochinka of Plano, Texas/WOGA, 14-year old bronze medalist; and Alexei Vernyi of Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy, 15-year-old silver medalist.

A complete regional team roster is included below

The junior elite gymnasts must be between 13-18 years of age as of Sept. 1, 2015, and will be selected from the Regional Elite Team Program. The Junior Elite gymnasts will follow the USA Gymnastics Level 10 Age Group Competition Program rules, with the senior gymnasts competing under the International Gymnastics Federation rules.

Tickets for both the Nastia Liukin Cup and the Elite Team Cup are $40 for reserved seating and $30 for general admission. For groups of 10+ people, tickets are half-price – $20 reserved or $15 for general admission. Groups also can purchase tickets for both events for $25 reserved or $20 general admission. All ticket prices are plus applicable fees. Tickets may be purchased through ticketmaster.com (Nastia Liukin Cup, Elite Team Cup), by phone at 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets and at Prudential Center’s box office.

Held annually in conjunction with the AT&T American Cup, the Nastia Liukin Cup is named after Nastia Liukin, the 2008 Olympic all-around champion who has five Olympic and nine World medals to her credit. The annual event features 36 gymnasts who qualify through the Nastia Liukin Cup Series, which includes many of the country’s top invitationals held throughout January and February. A total of 18 junior and 18 senior gymnasts will advance to the Nastia Liukin Cup. Senior athletes must be 16 years of age or older, and junior athletes must be 15 or younger.

2015 World team gold-medalists Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Buckeye Gymnastics, who is also the reigning Olympic all-around champion, and Maggie Nichols of Little Canada, Minn./Twin City Twisters; three-time U.S. all-around champion and 2012 Olympian Sam Mikulak of Newport Beach, Calif./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); and two-time World medalist Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), have accepted invitations to represent the United States at the 2016 AT&T American Cup at Prudential Center at 11:30 a.m. on March 5.

Limited tickets remain for the AT&T American Cup, the USA’s most prestigious international invitational and part of the International Gymnastics Federation’s all-around World Cup series. Tickets may be purchased through ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets, as well as at Prudential Center’s box office. For group sales (10+ people) information, please call Prudential Center’s Group Sales department at 973-757-6250. Discounted tickets are also available through local gym clubs that participate in the Club Ticket Sales Program. For additional information, please go to attamericancup.com.

Background information

  • AT&T American Cup. The 2016 AT&T American Cup, a FIG World Cup event, is one of the most prestigious international invitational events and features an all-around format. The list of former champions comprises some of the sport’s best-known names, including Jordyn Wieber, Nastia Liukin, Jonathan Horton, Bart Conner, Paul Hamm, Shawn Johnson, Shannon Miller, Carly Patterson, Mary Lou Retton and Peter Vidmar. For more information, go to attamericancup.com.

  • Prudential Center. Prudential Center is a world-class sports and entertainment venue located in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Opened in October 2007, the state-of-the-art arena is the home of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) three-time Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils, Seton Hall University’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball program, and more than 175 concerts, family shows and special events each year. Ranked in the Top 10 nationally by Pollstar, Billboard and Venue’s Today, Prudential Center is recognized as one of the premier venues in the United States, and welcomes more than 1.75 million guests annually. For more information about Prudential Center, visit PruCenter.com and Facebook, and follow @PruCenter on Twitter.

Elite Team Cup field roster
By state, alphabetically (name, hometown/state/club, region)

Junior elite regional team members

California
Cameron Bock, Tustin, Calif./SCATS, Region 1
Thomas Chin, Santa Monica, Calif./Gymnastics Olympica, Region 1
Andrew Herrador, Livermore, Calif./West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy, Region 1
Bennet Huang, Palo Alto, Calif./West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy, Region 1
Dylan Young, Burbank, Calif./Gymnastics Olympica, Region 1

Colorado
Vitaliy Guimaraes, Aruada, Colo./5280 North, Region 9
Kirk Malm, Colorado Springs, Colo./Colorado Training Center, Region 9
Coleson Stodghill, Evergreen, Colo./5280 North, Region 9
Isaac Xiong, Westminster, Colo./5280 North, Region 9

Florida
Ryan Orce, Gainesville, Fla./Sun Country Gymnastics, Region 8
Justin Ah Chow, Miami/Universal Gymnastics, Region 8
Matthew Wagner, West Palm Beach, Fla./Haydens Gymnastics, Region 8

Georgia
Andrew Bitner, Buford, Ga./Gymnastix, Region 8
Ethan Esval, Roswell, Ga./Atlanta School of Gymnastics, Region 8
Brody Malone, Cedartown, Ga./Cartersville Gymnastics, Region 8

Idaho
Colton Dee, Nampa, Idaho/Danik Gymnastics, Region 2
Ryker Shaw, Rexburg, Idaho/Madison Gymnastics, Region 2

Illinois
Max Andryushchenko, Chicago, Ill./Lakeshore Academy, Region 5
Paul Juda, Deerfield, Ill./Buffalo Grove Gymnastics, Region 5
Josh Martin, Buffalo Grove, Ill./Aerial's Gymnastics, Region 5
Bailey Perez, Glen Ellyn, Ill./Premeir Gymnastics, Region 5

Indiana
Mitchell Brown, Fortville, Ind./DeVeau's, Region 5

Massachusetts
Addison Chung, Medfield, Mass./New England Sports Academy, Region 6
Ben Provost, South Hadley, Mass./Daggett's Gymnastics, Region 6
Jonathan Wang, Newton, Mass./New England Sports Academy, Region 6

Michigan

Jacob Moore, West Bloomfield, Mich./Twistars Gymnastics, Region 5

Minnesota
Henry Meeker, Minneapolis, Minn./MHG, Region 4
Shane Wiskus, Spring Park, Minn./MHG, Region 4

New Hampshire
Michael Fletcher, Nashua, N.H./New England Academy of Gymnastics, Region 6
Nicholas Merryman, Brookline, N.H./New England Academy of Gymnastics, Region 6

New Jersey
Andrew Brower, Old Bridge, N.J./US Gymnastics Development Center, Region 7
Evan Hymanson, Morganville, N.J./Monmouth Gymnastics, Region 7
Timmothy Kutyla, Wyckoff, N.J./US Gymnastics Development Center, Region 7
Sebastian Quiana, Oradell, N.J./US Gymnastics Development Center, Region 7

Nebraska
Noah Urwiler, Lincoln, Neb./Nebraska School of Gymnastics, Region 4

Nevada
Brennan Pantazis, Sparks, Nev./Gymnastics Nevada, Region 1

Oregon
Parker Chiapuzio, Tigard, Ore./Multnomah Athletic Club, Region 2
Spencer Goodell, Tigard, Ore./OMEGA, Region 2
Peyton Hobson, Salem, Ore./OMEGA, Region 2

Pennsylvania
Jacob Light, Macungie, Pa./Parkettes Gymnastics, Region 7

Texas
Davis Grooms, Katy, Texas/Champions Gymnastics, Region 3
Tanner Justus, Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy, Region 3
David Pochinka, Plano, Texas/WOGA, Region 3
Blake Sun, San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Gymnastics, Region 3
Alexei Vernyi, Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy, Region 3
Matthew Wenske, Houston, Texas/Cypress Academy, Region 3

Utah
Dillan King, Eagle Mtn, Utah/USA Gymnastics World, Region 9
Scott McMurray, North Salt Lake, Utah/USA Gymnastics World, Region 9

Virginia
Sean Neighbarger, Virginia Beach, Va./Gymstrada, Region 7

Vermont
Nikita Bolotsky, Saint Johnsbury, Vt./Kingdom Gymnastics, Region 6

Washington
Will Bughi, Colbert, Wash./Dynamic Gymnastics, Region 2

Wisconsin
Andrrew Eng, New Berlin, Wis./Swiss Turners, Region 4
Jacob Schroeder, Waukesha, Wis./Swiss Turners, Region 4
Colin Schwartz, Pleasant Prairie, Wis./Scamps Gymnastics, Region 4