The Mount: Week Seven MAG

The 2019 elite season for the U.S. men kicks off this weekend with the annual Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas. Between the junior and senior competitions, 62 current, former and future collegiate gymnasts will vye for titles and compete for a spot on the national team before beginning the second half of the college season.

As always, you’ll find everything you need to follow along with all the meets happening this weekend, including previews of the top matchups and every scoring and video link you could ever need.

Can’t-Miss Meet

USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Challenge

When You Need to Tell Your Friends You’re Busy: Prelims – Friday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m. ET (juniors) and 9:30 p.m. ET (seniors), Finals – Sunday, February 17 at 10:15 p.m. ET

Why You Should Cancel Plans For It: Results from Winter Cup will be used to select the 12 members who will comprise the U.S. senior national team until this summer’s national championships. Oklahoma and Stanford are sending the most gymnasts with 13 and 11 competing, respectively, and 13 total programs will be represented at the competition. Former Michigan gymnast Sam Mikulak headlines the field, and thanks to his 2018 world championship medal-winning performance he will make the national team just by competing on Friday. Mikulak will be joined by the rest of his world championship teammates, including current NCAA seniors Yul Moldauer of Oklahoma and Alec Yoder of Ohio State. Only 28 seniors and 14 juniors will advance to the finals, so check out the table of all the competing collegiate gymnasts below to see who from each school will be contending for those spots.

Routines to Avoid Going to the Bathroom During: Cameron Bock (Michigan) on parallel bars, Alex Diab (Illinois) on rings, Gage Dyer (Oklahoma) on floor, Trevor Howard (Penn State) on rings, Sam Mikulak (Michigan) on high bar, Akash Modi (Stanford) on high bar, Yul Moldauer (Oklahoma) on parallel bars, Stephen Nedoroscik (Penn State) on pommel horse, Eddie Penev (Stanford) on floor, Anton Stephenson (Nebraska) on vault, Colin Van Wicklen (Oklahoma) on vault, Alec Yoder (Ohio State) on pommel horse

What Else You Should Know Before Tuning In: The top six all arounders after the first day of the senior competition will automatically make the national team, with the remaining six spots determined by the Men’s Program Committee using both days of results. These men will make up the national team until after the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships. Read more about the competition format and the selection criteria here.

Links and Things

To see all the matchups all in one place, take a look at our master schedule. You can also find live scoring and video links for all this weekend’s competitions below.

Date Time (ET) Event Scoring Link Video Link
Fri, Feb 15 9:30 p.m. Winter Cup Prelims Scores YouTube
Sun, Feb 17 10:15 p.m. Winter Cup Finals Scores YouTube

Winter Cup Competitors

Name School Year
Kiwan Watts Arizona State Sophomore
Jordan Williams Arizona State Freshman
Cole Casanova Army Senior
Kyte Crigger California Junior
Alex Diab Illinois Senior
Michael Fletcher Illinois Freshman
Johnny Jacobson Illinois Senior
Sebastian Quiana Illinois Junior
Jake Brodarzon Iowa Senior
Evan Davis Iowa Freshman
Bennet Huang Iowa Sophomore
Cameron Bock Michigan Sophomore
Emyre Cole Michigan Senior
Adrian De Los Angeles Michigan Former
Sam Mikulak Michigan Former
Jacob Moore Michigan Sophomore
Kevin Penev Michigan Freshman
Adam Wooten Michigan Commit
Crew Bold Minnesota Commit
Shaun Herzog Minnesota Senior
Ellis Mannon Minnesota Former
Shane Wiskus Minnesota Sophomore
Ryan McVay Navy Sophomore
Griffin Kehler Nebraska Sophomore
Kyle King Nebraska Former
Evan Kriley Nebraska Freshman
Samuel Phillips Nebraska Commit
Anton Stephenson Nebraska Senior
Justin Ah Chow Ohio State Commit
Seth Delbridge Ohio State Former
Donovan Hewitt Ohio State Former
Angel Leon Ohio State Freshman
Sean Melton Ohio State Former
Alec Yoder Ohio State Senior
Levi Anderson Oklahoma Senior
Laz Barnhill Oklahoma Commit
Allan Bower Oklahoma Former
Gage Dyer* Oklahoma Sophomore
Jack Freeman Oklahoma Commit
Spencer Goodell Oklahoma Freshman
Vitaliy Guimaraes Oklahoma Freshman
Tanner Justus Oklahoma Junior
Yul Moldauer Oklahoma Senior
Kanji Oyama Oklahoma Former
Genki Suzuki Oklahoma Senior
Colin Van Wicklen Oklahoma Former
Alexei Vernyi Oklahoma Sophomore
Matt Wenske* Oklahoma Junior
Alexander Frack Penn State Sophomore
Trevor Howard Penn State Former
Cannon Johnson Penn State Commit
Stephen Nedoroscik Penn State Junior
Andrew Bitner Stanford Sophomore
Grant Breckenridge Stanford Senior
John Chou Stanford Commit
Ian Gunther Stanford Freshman
Riley Loos Stanford Commit
Zachary Martin Stanford Commit
Akash Modi Stanford Former
Robert Neff Stanford Former
Eddie Penev Stanford Former
Bailey Perez Stanford Junior
Curran Phillips Stanford Freshman

*Not competing due to injury.

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Article by Brandis Heffner

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