Hong brothers crowned as junior and senior men’s all-around champions at Core Hydration Classic

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Brothers Asher (Stanford University) and Xander Hong (Cypress Academy of Gymnastics) of Tomball, Texas each finished atop of their respective all-around podiums during Sunday’s men’s competition to conclude the Core Hydration Classic.

Asher wins Senior men

The elder Hong claimed the senior all-around title with a score of 85.305 to finish ahead of Stanford teammate Khoi Young (Bowie, Md.) in second with an 83.424 and Paul Juda (Deerfield, Ill./University of Michigan) in third with an 83.354. Hong led the senior men’s field on still rings (14.749) and vault (15.705), was second on floor exercise (14.749) and posted scores of 12.352 on pommel horse, 14.300 on parallel bars and 13.450 on horizontal bar.

EVO Gymnastics teammates Curran Phillips (Naperville, Ill.), Stephen Nedoroscik (Worcester, Mass.) and Shane Wiskus (Spring Park, Minn.) collected the parallel bars (15.456), pommel horse (15.157) and high bar (14.150) titles, respectively, while Connor McCool (Ocean City, N.J./University of Illinois) won floor (14.833).

Xander takes Junior men’s title

In Session 1’s junior men’s competition, Xander Hong put up a 75.100 overall to secure all-around gold. He also collected the high bar (12.50) and pommel horse (12.400) titles and earned silver on rings (12.650). He scored a 12.150 on parallel bars, a 12.400 on floor and a 13.000 on vault.

Oleksandr Shybitov (Prospect Heights, Ill./Lakeshore Academy of Art Gymnastics) won all-around silver with a 74.850 and Wade Nelson (Santa Ana, Calif./SCATS Gymnastics) took bronze with a 74.550. Also winning apparatus titles were Jesse Hanny (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics) on rings (13.000) and parallel bars (13.300), Divier Ramos (Methuen, Mass./Interstate Gymnastics) on floor (12.950) and Nelson on vault (14.500).

The following athletes have qualified to the 2023 U.S. Gymnastics Championships from the Core Hydration Classic:

Seniors via points
Javier Alfonso — Miami, Fla./University of Michigan
Michael Artlip — Bellaire, Texas/Penn State University
Fuzzy Benas — Richmond, Texas/University of Oklahoma
Cameron Bock — Tustin, Calif./University of Michigan
Crew Bold — Delray Beach, Fla./University of Michigan
Brandon Briones — Gilbert, Ariz./Stanford University
J.R. Chou — Oakmont, Pa./Stanford University
Ian Gunther — Houston, Texas/Stanford University
Dallas Hale — Frisco, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics
Jackson Harrison — Tempe, Ariz./Sun Devil Gymnastic Club
Patrick Hoopes — Lehi, Utah/U.S. Air Force Academy
Michael Jaroh — Northville, Mich./Penn State University
Evan Manivong — Kansas City, Mo./University of Illinois
Connor McCool — Ocean City, N.J./University of Illinois
Brandon Nguyen — Elk Grove, Calif./Stanford University
Zachary Nunez — Houston, Texas/University of Oklahoma

Juniors via all-around
Jesse Hanny — Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics
Xander Hong — Tomball, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics
Gage Kalley — Roswell, Ga./Roswell Gymnastics
Wade Nelson — Santa Ana, Calif./SCATS Gymnastics
Tristen Nye — Strongsville, Ohio/Above the Barre Gymnastics
Oleksandyr Shybitov — Prospect Heights, Ill./Lakeshore Academy of Art Gymnastics

The U.S. junior and senior men and women will be back on the national stage in late August for the 2023 U.S. Gymnastics Championships at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. For more information, including tickets, visit the event website.