Iwai claims all-around gold; Region 3 wins team title at USA Gymnastics Elite Team Cup

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (February 24, 2024) – Junnosuke Iwai (Lewisville, Texas/ Texas Dreams Gymnastics) clinched his first national title, and Region 3 reclaimed team gold for the first time since 2021 Saturday night at the Elite Team Cup.

Iwai put on a show, winning Winter Cup junior all-around gold with a combined 80.186. Bolstered by the best scores of the night on floor exercise (14.676) and vault (15.055), he also posted scores on pommel horse (11.600), still rings (13.588), parallel bars (13.100) and horizontal bar (12.167). 2023 Elite Team Cup champion Nathan Roman (Poway, Calif./Agility) landed just behind Iwai with an 80.166 for all-around silver, while 2023 U.S. junior all-around silver medalist Kiran Mandava (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy) won bronze with an 80.141.

In team competition, Region 3 posted a 314.869 overall to retake the team crown after three years. With a team comprised of Davide Comparin (Irving, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics), Jesse Hanny (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy), Keifer and Xander Hong (Tomball, Texas/Cypress Academy), Iwai and Mandava, Region 3 had the highest scores on rings (53.109) and parallel bars (54.216).

Region 8 won team silver (310.689), with Conor Heary (Sarasota, Fla./EVO Gymnastics), Gage Kalley (Roswell, Ga./Roswell Gymnastics), Alex Karadzhov (Saint Petersburg, Fla./EVO Gymnastics), Danila Leykin (Sarasota, Fla./EVO Gymnastics), Ty Roderiques (Knoxville, Tenn./GymTek Gymnastics) and Tyler Tran (Orlando, Fla./Gymnastics USA) in the lineup. The Region 1 team of Tyler Burgess (North Las Vegas, Nev./Gymcats Gymnastics), Justin Park (San Diego, Calif./Agility), David Ramirez (Nipomo, Calif./Central Coast Gymnastics), Wyatt Reynolds (Simi Valley, Calif./Gymnastics Olympica), Roman and Evan Wenstad (Santa Clarita, Calif./Gymnastics Olympica) took bronze with a 310.640.

The top seven athletes on each apparatus secured spots in the junior individual event finals to take place Sunday during Day 2 of senior men’s competition at Winter Cup. In addition to Iwai’s high scores on floor and vault, Karadzhov led the juniors on pommel horse with a 13.867, and Park was best on rings with a 13.619. Michael Scheiner (Great Falls, Va./Capital Gymnastics) topped the parallel bars leaderboards with a 14.502, and Leykin did the same on high bar with a 14.026.

USA Gymnastics’ Winter Cup weekend concludes Sunday, beginning with the 2024 Nastia Liukin Cup at noon ET. The senior and junior men will take the floor starting at 5:30 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the competition on the livestream on the USA Gymnastics YouTube channel, and live scores are on myusagym.org.

2024 Winter Cup Junior Men’s All-Around Medalists