Nine-team field announced for 2020 Elite Team Cup

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 27, 2020 – The teams representing all regions at the 2020 Elite Team Cup, which features the country’s top junior elite male gymnasts in a regional team competition, have been announced for the full nine-team field. Slated for February 20 at 12 p.m. MT at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., the Elite Team Cup will run in conjunction with the 2020 Winter Cup Challenge, the men’s winter re-ranking event as well as the qualifier to the 2020 U.S. Championships, that features some of the U.S.’s biggest names in gymnastics. For event details and ticket information, visit

The members of each Region’s squad are listed below. The final six competitors will be determined in the near future. Click here for links to bios.

Region 1:

  • Jeremy Bischoff – Canyon Country, Calif. – Wallers GymJam Academy
  • Jack Critz – Huntington Beach, Calif. – SCATS
  • Joseph Pepe – Peoria, Ariz. – North Valley Gymnastics
  • David Rauchwerger – San Francisco, Calif. – Accel Gymnastics
  • Tyler Shimizu – Newark, Calif. – WCOGA

Region 2:

  • James Friedman – Salem, Ore. – OMEGA
  • Dante Hays – Monroe, Wash. – Metropolitan Gymnastics
  • Sebastian Kane – Mercer Island, Wash. – Metropolitan Gymnastics
  • Andrew Layman – Wasilla, Alaska – Denali Gymnastics
  • Zack Lerwill – Sugar City, Idaho – Madison Gymnastics
  • Adam Wolfe – Portland, Ore. – Multnomah Athletic Club

Region 3:

  • Fuzzy Benas – Richmond, Texas – EnRich Gymnastics
  • Dallas Hale – Frisco, Texas – WOGA
  • Asher Hong – Tomball, Texas – Cypress Academy
  • Zachary Nunez – Houston, Texas – Cypress Academy
  • Daniel Simmons – Cypress, Texas – Cypress Academy
  • Oliver Zavel – Lakeway, Texas – Crenshaw’s Athletic Club
  • Cameron Lee – Frisco, Texas – WOGA
  • Caden Clinton – Cypress, Texas – Cypress Academy

Region 4:

  • Dane Cramer – Lincoln, Neb. – Nebraska School of Gymnastics
  • Charlie Kramer – Minnetrista, Minn. – North Shore Gymnastics
  • Lucas Lorber – Davenport, Iowa – Eyas Gymnastics
  • Kyden Martinez – North Liberty, Iowa – Eyas Gymnastics
  • AJ Morgan – Lincoln, Neb. – Nebraska School of Gymnastics
  • Zach Snyder – Swisher, Iowa – Emerge Academy
  • Zach Gilbaugh – Coralville, Iowa – Eyas Gymnastics
  • Nathan Couture – Urbandale, Iowa – Emerge Academy

Region 5:

  • Landen Blixt – Fowlerville, Mich. – Infinity Gymnastics
  • Will Hauke – Indianapolis, Ind. – DeVeau’s Gymnastics
  • Sebastian Ingersoll – Chicago, Ill. – Lakeshore Academy
  • Lais Najjar – Oak Brook, Ill. – Lakeshore Academy
  • Rithik Puri – Chicago, Ill. – Lakeshore Academy
  • Kai Uemura – Chicago, Ill. – Lakeshore Academy
  • Evan Ng – Chicago, Ill. – Lakeshore Academy
  • Michael Jaroh – Northville, Mich. – Michigan Elite Gymnastics Academy

Region 6:

  • Matthew Cormier – Milton, Mass. – Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy
  • Luke Esparo – North Haven, Conn. – New Era Gymnastics
  • Chris Hiser – Longmeadow, Mass. – Daggett Gymnastics
  • Ian Lasic-Ellis – Dover, Mass. – Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy
  • Luke McFarland – East Hartland, Conn. – Daggett Gymnastics
  • Frederick Richard – Stoughton, Mass. – Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy
  • Syam Buradagunta – Westborough, Mass. – Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy
  • Steven Manolakis – Hanover, Mass. – Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy
  • Alex Vandendries – Chestnut Hill, Mass. – New England Academy of Gymnastics

Region 7:

  • Collin Cunane – West Chester, Pa. – KMC Gymnastics
  • Joshua Karnes – Erie, Pa. – Lakettes Gymnastics
  • Aleksandr Kuzmenchuk – Bowie, Md. – Paragon Gymnastics
  • Zachary Patrick – Virginia Beach, Va. – Gymstrada Gymnastics
  • Ahmir Postell – Virginia Beach, Va. – Gymstrada Gymnastics
  • Khoi Young – Bowie, Md. – Sportsplex Gymnastics
  • Noah Dhaliwal – South Orange, N.J. – Surgents Elite Gymnastics

Region 8:

  • Ethan Boder – Knoxville, Tenn. – GymTek Academy
  • Zachary English – Duncan, S.C. – Palmetto Gymnastics
  • Toby Liang – Roswell, Ga. – Roswell Gymnastics
  • Steven Lukasik – Lutz, Fla. – LaFleur’s Tampa
  • Kameron Nelson – Jackson, Tenn. – Hayden’s Gymnastics
  • Nicholas Tarca – Knoxville, Tenn. – Premier Athletics Knoxville
  • Garret Schooley – Sarasota, Fla. – EVO Gymnastics
  • Travis Wong – Miami, Fla. – Florida Gymnastics Training Center

Region 9:

  • Taylor Christopulos – Layton, Utah – USA Gymnastics World
  • Brigham Frentheway – Cheyenne, Wyo. – Frontier Gymnastics
  • Noah Giordano – Castle Rock, Colo. – 5280 Gymnastics
  • Logan Myers – Morrison, Colo. – 5280 Gymnastics
  • Cole Partridge – Bountiful, Utah – USA Gymnastics World
  • Colin Wingrove – Alpine, Utah – USA Gymnastics World

The Elite Team Cup features nine men’s Regional Teams, each consisting of six junior elite gymnasts. 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. The country’s best junior elite male gymnasts are representing their respective regions. The junior elite gymnasts must be between 13-18 years of age as of May 31, 2020 and were selected from the Regional Elite Team Program. The junior elite gymnasts will follow FIG Junior Code of Points rules for the competition. The event, first held in 2014, was staged in Greensboro Coliseum Complex in 2019.

All-session tickets will be $55 for adults and $45 for children/students. Elite Team Cup and Winter Cup Challenge Day 1 only tickets are available for $30 for adults and $25 for children/students. Winter Cup Challenge Day 2 only tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for children/students. Children under 5 are free. Tickets are available for purchase beginning at 4:00 p.m. MT on Wednesday February 19 at the Westgate Arena.

Background information

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  • International Gymnastics Federation. The International Gymnastics Federation is the governing body for gymnastics worldwide. It is the oldest established international federation of an Olympic sport and has participated in the Olympic Games since its revival in 1896. The FIG governs eight sports: gymnastics for all, men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline (including double mini-trampoline and tumbling), aerobics, acrobatics, and Parkour. It counts 148 national member federations and has its headquarters in the Olympic capital of Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • USA Gymnastics. Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. The organization is committed to creating a culture that encourages and supports its athletes and focuses on the safety and well-being of the athletes. USA Gymnastics has already taken specific, concrete steps to strengthen its safe sport policies and procedures. The organization’s disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and gymnastics for all (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more complete information, log on to