2021 U.S. Championships | Senior Men’s Day 2 Live Blog

Welcome to the live blog for the second day of senior men’s competition at the 2021 U.S. Championships, held in Fort Worth, Texas!

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9:34 pm. Men’s Standings

1. Brody Malone 170.700
2. Yul Moldauer 167.950
3. Sam Mikulak 167.400
4. Brandon Briones 167.150
5. Allan Bower 166.150
6. Akash Modi 165.500
7. Robert Neff 162.350
8. Ian Gunther 162.200

9:24 pm. Timothy Wang HB: Straddle Tkachev, straddle Tkachev to mixed grip, muscles through it, tak full, a little arched in a lot of his swings, caught the Yamawaki really close, full-twisting double layout with a hop back.

9:17 pm. Shane Wiskus HB: WILD on the Cassina, tries to catch but has a hard fall. Ughhhhh. Back on for the Kolman, throws it about 500,000 times harder than he needs to and flies FEET past catching the bar. Shaneeee. 😦 Also a little too far over on his Kovacs, tries to reach for it and falls hard on his back. I can’t. Back on again. Gets the Kovacs this time. One-arm front pirouette, Tak half, muscles down out of it and has to rest on the bar, my god. Stalder, one-arm giant, hop full, the arena really has his back. Stuck the double double layout to a ton of applause but that routine just about sucked the life out of him and everyone else in this room.

Genku Suzuki FX: Randi. Front double full to front full stuck. Double double, a bit low, hop forward. 2.5 to barani. Had a hop on his side pass. A little messy in his triple full but gets the landing.

9:15 pm. Nicolas Kuebler FX: Front tuck full to front double full, 2.5 to barani, clean. Good double front. 1.5 to front full. Clean double full to finish.

Robert Neff HB: Layout jaeger I think, layout Tkachev, layout Tkachev to mixed grip, tak half, double double layout, big step forward.

9:14 pm. Trevor Howard SR: Good saltos to iron cross. He pulled out of basically every event today. Slight elbow bend in a handstand. Low double double, chest down and a step forward.

9:13 pm. Brody Malone VT: Kaz 1.5 with a small hop.

9:11 pm. Gage Dyer FX: Piked double front half, layout double double I think for the next pass, front double full to front full stuck, stuck the double front half out, stuck the double full. Damn! Butterfly into his front support, love that so much. 2.5 to barani stuck. Baby hop on the double double. What a routine.

9:10 pm. Brandon Briones VT: Think he did a kaz 1.5 but I missed the entry, good landing!

9:08 pm. Sam Mikulak HB: Clear hip, Cassina, some form in the air, Kolman, good catch, layout Tkachev, straddle Tkachev to straddle to mixed grip, some leg form, front one-arm pirouette, looked like he was gonna get stuck for a second but adjusted, same thing on the tak half, almost goes over the wrong way but fixes it, stuck the double double. Good for him!!! I think this could get him onto the podium after trailing all 11 rotations prior to this.

Jeremy Bischoff VT: Kaz full with a hop.

9:07 pm. Akash Modi VT: Stuck the kaz 1.5! Some soft knees and feet apart.

Matt Wenske FX: Whip half to randi was so nice. 1.5 to front double full with a hop. 2.5 to tucked barani. Rudi side pass. Good triple full.

9:06 pm. Brandon Wynn SR: Ugh I missed this again?? Hit the double double dismount with a hop to the side but that’s all I saw.

9:04 pm. Allan Bower FX: Hit his first pass, then a front double full to front full with a hop to the side. Stuck the double full. Good triple full to finish.

Yul Moldauer PB: Wasn’t typing during this but this was an excellent routine, stuck the dismount.

Ian Gunther VT: Kaz full, went a bit high and short but good landing.

Donothan Bailey HB: Big Yamawaki, layout Tkachev, straddle Tkachev. Caught a Tkachev to mixed grip.

Colt Walker VT: Kaz 1.5 with a hop forward.

8:57 pm. Rotation 11 Standings

1. Brody Malone 156.400
2. Shane Wiskus 153.350
3. Yul Moldauer 153.150
4. Brandon Briones 152.750
5. Sam Mikulak 152.550
6. Allan Bower 151.750
7. Akash Modi 151.050
8. Robert Neff 149.000

8:55 pm. Shane Wiskus PB: Lovely handstand work at the beginning, the tuck half salto was also solid, maybe a little short on a handstand after that, front straddle salto, good handstand after, Bhavsar, Tippelt, leans forward in it a bit, but pushes back up and then goes right into the dismount, good recovery.

8:53 pm. Brandon Briones SR: I missed the beginning, straddle pressed to handstand was clean, great handstands, just swung a bit on the last one, tiny hop on the double double.

8:52 pm. Robert Neff PB: Front pike up to handstand, a couple of good single rail transitions, including one with a kip cast back to handstand, arches a little after one pirouette, piked double back, chest is a little low.

8:51 pm. Jeremy Bischoff SR: Iron cross, pike sit pressed to handstand, double pike to double tuck to handstand, elbows bend but he pushes back up, arches the next handstand, small hop to the side on the double double.

8:49 pm. Adrian De Los Angeles PB: Short going into an early handstand, double back caught at his elbows, ankle separation on the single rail transition, some good pirouette work after that, and a double front with a hop.

8:47 pm. Akash Modi SR: His gray pants blend into the seats and his blue shirt blends into the banner by the seats so I literally couldn’t even see him when he was in an invert hang. HAHA. I’m dying. Camo! Good work though, showing great control, big hop back on the double double dismount.

8:46 pm. Sam Mikulak PB: I wasn’t typing but the beginning was great, got the straddle salto that killed him Thursday, also got the Bhavsar and Tippelt, handstands were on fire and the babiest baby hop on the dismount. Can’t get over how good he looks right now. Or how confident he looks tbh.

8:45 pm. Matt Wenske HB: I missed a lot of this but he hit everything I saw from the corner of my eye. Huge stuck double double dismount.

Khoi Young PH: Hit routine!

8:43 pm. Evan Davis FX: Caught it from a lovely 2.5 to barani. Stuck double full. Again love the little backwards-ish dive into a split, it’s so cool and stylish. High triple full with a step back.

Donothan Bailey PB: I saw him walk a handstand, but the rest was good…until the end. Sat his double front. Ugh.

8:41 pm. Alec Yoder PH: Wasn’t watching this super closely but a fabulous routine.

Taylor Burkhart VT: Yurchenko half-on front 1.5 I think, hop back.

Allan Bower HB: Kovacs, layout Tkachev was a little piked I think, straddle Tkachev, blind change to one-arm front full pirouette, tak full a little late with some ankle separation, stalder, and a huge full-twisting double layout.

8:40 pm. Yul Moldauer VT: Stuck the kaz 1.5!! Basically stuck. Maybe moved a foot an inch.

Brody Malone SR: Did I miss this? Probably. What is rings?

Timothy Wang PB: Hit routine, had a nice half salto that I saw…everything else looked fine.

8:39 pm. Michael Moran VT: Kaz 1.5, tucked his legs a little bit to get it around, but got the landing.

Genki Suzuki HB: Yamawaki, layout Tkachev, straddle Tkachev, nice Endo, stalder, super high full-twisting double layout.

Ryan McVay FX: Not the most difficult routine but hit everything I saw.

8:38 pm. Why was this break SO long my god!?

8:28 pm. Rotation 10 Standings

1. Brody Malone 141.850
2. Shane Wiskus 139.050
3. Allan Bower 138.800
4. Yul Moldauer 138.700
5. Brandon Briones 138.550
6. Sam Mikulak 138.200
7. Akash Modi 137.100

8:27 pm. Akash Modi PH: hit what I saw, hips and knees could be tighter, legs come apart into the dismount but he holds on and gets it.

8:26 pm. Robert Neff VT: Kaz 1.5, a little deep with a hop back.

Matt Wenske PB: Pike sit up to handstand, clean. Basket to single rail, nice, had a good salto in there, half pirouette to a full, tuck half salto, piked double back, almost stuck. Good work!!

8:25 pm. Adrian De Los Angeles VT: Kaz 1.5, awkward landing, legs were apart and one knee was basically down, that looked painful tbh.

8:23 pm. Sam Mikulak VT: Kaz 1.5, knees were a tiny bit soft, but he stuck the landing, wobbled his arms maybe once to hold it, but a million times better than Thursday.

8:21 pm. Kiwan Watts FX: Low but stuck piked double front, then stuck a huge double double. Front full to barani. Double full stuck. Hit the pass after that. Nailed the triple full. That was fabulous.

Donothan Bailey VT: Kaz 1.5, small hop to the side.

Yul Moldauer SR: Beginning was good, maltese, iron cross, arched a bit in an invert hang, saltos to iron cross, straddle planche was maybe a little adjusty, double dobule with a hop back.

8:20 pm. Genki Suzuki PB: Had a few tiny areas that needed clean-up but overall a good routine!

Timothy Wang VT: Sat his kaz 1.5.

8:19 pm. Ian Lasic-Ellis FX: Piked double front, small hop. Clean double full side pass.

Ryan McVay HB: Hit routine, small hop on the full-twisting double layout.

Brody Malone PH: I wasn’t paying attention to this but it was a hit routine.

8:18 pm. Eddie Penev VT: Kaz 1.5, step forward, fights to keep it in-bounds. I think his second vault was a Yurchenko half-on…couldn’t see if it was a front full or double full though. Landed that one with a couple of small steps IIRC.

Khoi Young FX: I saw him do a double layout which was gorgeous.

8:17 pm. Shane Wiskus VT: Ugh, a little low into his kaz 1.5, hop back and step to the side OOB.

Brandon Briones PH: I missed this.

Evan Davis HB: Hit routine, good full-twisting double layout dismount.

8:11 pm. Rotation 9 Standings

1. Brody Malone 127.900
2. Shane Wiskus 125.450
3. Brandon Briones 125.250
4. Allan Bower 125.100
5. Yul Moldauer 124.250
6. Sam Mikulak 123.850
7. Akash Modi 123.700
8. Robert Neff 121.700

8:09 pm. Akash Modi FX: Piked double front with a hop forward. 2.5 to front full with a hop. Pass after that was a little bit iffy, but still hit. It was three connected simpler twists, I missed the beginning though. Double full, small hop. Triple full, good landing, chest just forward.

8:08 pm. Adrian De Los Angeles SR: Saltos to pike sit were nice, tucked his legs a little on his full-twisting double layout dismount.

8:06 pm. Colt Walker FX: I think a front full to double front, hop forward. Piked double front with a hop forward. 2.5 to barani, chest a little forward, small hop. Circles in front support into a split, presses into a Japanese handstand. 1.5 to tucked front full. Arabian double front is clean but comes out of it a little low, hops to the side.

8:04 pm. Sam Mikulak SR: Maltese, down to invert hang, to pike, up to planche, to iron cross, that was a nice transition, straddle sit, pressed to straddle planche, first handstand looks good, double tuck dto double pike to handstand, okay, this is going well! Stuck the double double. Fabulous routine for him there.

8:03 pm. Ian Gunther FX: Small hop back on his first pass, I didn’t see it. Front tuck full to rudi. 1.5 to tucked barani with a hop to the side. 2.5 with a hop forward.

8:01 pm. Donothan Bailey SR: Good routine, tiny step on his double double dismount.

7:58 pm. Ian Lasic-Ellis HB: Straddle Tkachev, hop full, Endo,

Allan Bower VT: Looked like he stuck his kaz 1.5!

Brody Malone FX: 1.5 to piked double front, 2.5 to front double full, low with a hop to the side. Low on his double double, big hop. Also hopped on a…front full to rudi I think. Nervous landings. Little bounce on the double full. Flared out the triple full, but goes too big on it and hops the landing.

Matt Wenske VT: Great landing on his kaz 1.5.

7:57 pm. Taylor Burkhart PH: Looked like a hit routine, had a little adjustment into the dismount.

Genki Suzuki VT: Stumbled back his kaz full.

7:55 pm. Khoi Young HB: Hit routine but tucked his legs in what was supposed to be a laid-out dismount.

Evan Davis PB: Hit routine.

Brandon Briones FX: Hit the first pass, then a double double, jumps his feet together. Third pass was good. 2.5 to barani after that. 1.5 to tucked front full. Stuck the arabian double front half-out. Lovely routine.

Shane Wiskus SR: Completely missed this. Love that I just tune out rings.

7:52 pm. Gage Dyer VT: Kaz double, looked like his elbows on his block were really bent? That was weird, didn’t get the push he needed off the table and landed a little short with a step. Roche was better, small hop forward IIRC.

Yul Moldauer PH: I caught it from his scissors, really beautiful flair work, travels in flairs, but then as he transitions back into his legs together he bends his knees, bumps the horse, and comes off. Really just his dismount left.

7:46 pm. Rotation 8 Standings

1. Brody Malone 114.000
2. Shane Wiskus 111.350
3. Yul Moldauer 111.000
4. Brandon Briones 110.900
5. Allan Bower 110.600
6. Akash Modi 110.350
7. Sam Mikulak 109.650
8. Evan Davis 108.250

7:43 pm. Sam Mikulak PH: Scissors to flairs, really strong transition there, single handle circles transitioned into his circles on the horse, Russians, legs come apart, and he can’t get his rhythm back, comes off. Too bad, his form looked much better than day one. Back on to travel and then do his dismount.

Colt Walker HB: Huge Yamawaki, layout Tkachev, maybe legs could be straighter, ugh, misses his straddle Tkachev, just a little too big.

7:40 pm. Donothan Bailey PH: Hit what I saw but I wasn’t directly watching a lot.

Ian Gunther HB: Straddle Tkachev, layout Tkachev in mixed grip, tak, Endo, stuck the dismount.

7:38 pm. Allan Bower SR: Invert hang to maltese, another maltese, iron cross, hit the dismount.

Brody Malone HB: Cassina, Kolman, layout Tkachev to straddle Tkachev caught in mixed grip, layout Tkachev in mixed grip, tak full almost in PERFECT handstand, wow, stalder, hop full, huuuuuge stuck double double layout. Wow.

Timothy Wang PH: I missed this.

7:37 pm. Ian Lasic-Ellis PB: Missed a lot of this, saw him walk his hands once and arch a handstand, stuck the dismount I think.

7:36 pm. Taylor Burkhart FX: Double double with a hop and a double layout. Double full stuck. Quick work in his flairs but maybe a little rushed? Japanese press. Triple full looked stuck on his toes.

7:34 pm. Genki Suzuki SR: Double tuck to double pike to straddle sit. Stuck the full-twisting double layout.

Khoi Young PB: Was way short on one handstand, and walked his hands a couple of times, a little shaky in the Tippelt, hit the dismount.

Brandon Briones HB: Caught a release that I saw, and got the Rybalko, Tak full a little late, stuck the dismount.

Shane Wiskus PH: Scissors to circles on the handles. Lost his leg form while traveling but gets up into the handstand for the pirouettes into the dismount. Hit!

7:32 pm. Yul Moldauer FX: Randi, a little low, hop forward. I missed the next I believe two passes. Flairs. Tiny step on the 2.5 to barani. Clean stuck double full side pass. Triple full, chest a little low, step to the side.

Robert Neff PH: Good transition on scissors into circles on the handles! Hit routine.

Evan Davis VT: Stuck his kaz full, yay!!!

Kiwan Watts PB: Ended up missing this.

Jeremy Bischoff HB: Hit routien.

7:30 pm. Michael Moran FX: Double front half, bounce OOB. I missed the rest.

Adrian De Los Angeles PH: Hit routine.

Ryan McVay VT: Stuck his kaz.

Akash Modi HB: German giants, looked like his feet touched the bar as he transitioned out of them, layout Tkachev to straddle Tkachev caught in mixed grip, layout Tkachev in mixed grip, tak to Endo, small hop back on the dismount.

Alec Yoder PB: Lovely routine from what I saw.

Mike Fletcher VT: Think he did a kaz full, had a good landing.

7:28 pm. Rotation 7 Standings

1. Brody Malone 98.950
2. Shane Wiskus 98.100
3. Brandon Briones 97.400
4. Sam Mikulak 97.050
5. Allan Bower 96.900
6. Yul Moldauer 96.700
7. Akash Modi 96.650
8. Colt Walker 95.000

7:23 pm. Donothan Bailey FX: Bounces out of his randi OOB. Front double full to barani. 2.5 to tucked barani I think. Sat the double front. Oof. Good double full. Low arabian double front to finish.

7:20 pm. Ian Gunther PB: Front pike up to handstand took some muscling, basket up to pike sit pressed to handstand, Tippelt, a little slow maybe, nice pirouette out of that handstand, hit the dismount.

Timothy Wang FX: I think a piked double front to start, then he sat the front double full out of his front full. Good double front. 2.5, comes out low into a front tuck, ugh. Stuck double full. Short triple full, hands down. Really, fingertips down.

7:16 pm. Brody Malone PB: Gets the first pirouette to handstand well, second was a little iffy, front pike up to handstand, I turned away to watch floor and when I looked back he had crashed down onto the bars, and THAT’S on Q anon, low double pike dismount with a hop.

Eddie Penev FX: I missed the first pass, ugh, I assume the triple double. Looked like it landed well! Whip half to randi, great. Super high 2.5 to front double full. Tiny bounce on the double double. 1.5 to front full to barani. Stuck the triple full at the end. He’s so happy!!!

7:15 pm. Shane Wiskus FX: Piked double front, good landing, baby hop. Double front half-out was stuck. Double double, heel right on the line. 2.5 to front full stuck with his feet apart. Came out of his front double full a little low maybe but got the punch out of it, barani. Triple full, chest at his knees, but stuck. He’s thrilled.

Genki Suzuki PH: Hit routine!

7:14 pm. Mike Fletcher SR: Was shaking ab it in a handstand near the end, low double double dismount with a hop.

7:12 pm. Brandon Briones PB: Slow press up out of a basket to handstand, control! Big straddle salto, great handstand after, walks it halfway around before the Bhavsar, to a pike sit pressed to handstand. He is SO CONTROLLED. Tippelt is lovely. Ono, a tiny hip adjustment there, and a hop on his double front dismount.

7:10 pm. Yul Moldauer HB: One-arm front giant, tucked his legs into his tak full, Yamawaki, he looks a little off in some of his body shapes, straddle Tkachev, he’s cleaning up a bit now, hop full, stuck the full-in double layout dismount.

Robert Neff FX: I saw a good 2.5 to front full from him. Stuck double full. Stuck the triple full as well.

Nicolas Kuebler PH: Had a fall, which looked like a dismount, haha. Got back on basically for this dismount.

Ryan McVay SR: Hit routine, tiny bounce on the dismount.

7:09 pm. Alex Diab SR: Looked good from what I could see, good landing on the double double dismount.

Khoi Young VT: I missed his first vault, he tried to stick the kaz 1.5 for his second, but was angled a little too far back and had to take a step.

Matt Wenske PH: I think I missed this.

7:06 pm. Adrian De Los Angeles FX: Didn’t see a lot of this, went OOB on his last pass.

Stephen Nedoroscik PH: One-arm swing was smooth, works the transitions between the handles and the horse well, no issues with traveling, beautiful dismount. Gorgeous routine. Blows a kiss to the crowd.

Evan Davis SR: I missed this.

Trevor Howard VT: Kaz 1.5, good landing.

Akash Modi PB: Hit the beginning. Tippelt was nice, lovely spin on a one-arm pirouette, arched it over a little bit.

Michael Moran HB: Caught a big Tkachev, full-twisting double layout FLEW like a million feet into the air, loved it.

7:04 pm. Sam Mikulak FX: Randi to start. 2.5 to double front, tiny hop forward. Piked double front, stuck! Flairs. Small hop on the front double flul to front full. Stuck double tuck side pass. Step back on the triple full. 100,000% better than the other day!

Allan Bower PH: Didn’t see details but hit routine!

Ian Lasic-Ellis VT: Kaz full, a little loose.

Colt Walker PB: I missed this.

Taylor Burkhart HB: Caught a Yamawaki and Yamawaki half. Hit the dismount. Hit!

Kiwan Watts VT: Stuck his kaz 1.5!

7:01 pm. The touch warm-up is underway! Let’s goooooo.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

10 thoughts on “2021 U.S. Championships | Senior Men’s Day 2 Live Blog

  1. I know it’s way too early to predict but Brody Malone is so exciting and if he can hit and show consistency he’ll be an excellent match to Sam. Finally someone scoring similarly so Sam isnt carrying team USA. I’m seeing Shane wiskus and Yul as the other two so far but who knows…I’m wish we actually saw Brandon briones on the stream so I could see him. Seems like wiskus but weaker on pb

    Floor: Sam, Brody, either of the other two…no real worries on floor with any of the top guys

    Pommel: Sam, Brody, someone,…weaker event

    Rings: Brody, any 2 of the 3

    Vault: Brody, Sam, Yul

    PB: Sam, Shane, Yul

    HB: Sam Brody Shane

    Team USA may actually be balanced!!!
    I’d take Stephen for the specialist though I love Eddie too.


    • He’s VERY exciting. And VERY good!! Brandon is great, but his difficulty is lower and could be an issue at trials if the rest of the guys get more consistent and outscore him. But maybe they need his consistency more?

      Stephen and Eddie are my two favorite specialists and I also wish we could take them both…I love them.


      • Is Stephen not being considered for a team spot? I’m confused by BBSituation reporting a highest scoring team as Malone, Mikulak, Moldauer, and Yoder. Why would Yoder be in the highest scoring team instead of Stephen when Stephen outscored him on their signature event both days?
        Does Stephen do pommels only while Yoder is ‘active on other events if necessary’ or something?


        • Alec put up a decent PB score tonight, Stephen does nothing but PH ever and that’s why BBS had him up like that based on day 2 scores alone. Neither one are likely to be put on the team, because in team qualifications 4 can go on each event and 3 count. But, you never know what USAG will do considering how unlikely the team is to medal regardless of who goes.


    • I would actually consider putting Sam in the specialist spot off the team, he has been consistently unreliable his entire senior elite career. While I understand when he fails he ends up with a score that’s not far from the other top AA’rs and HB is a very weak event for the team, it’s just not good for him physically, mentally or for the team’s morale. Brody was the only one averaging 85+AA, rest under 84AA! That’s the same for the guys at Pan Ams and unlikely that Colin shows up at OTs any different.

      I’d rather see a reliable specialist on the team in a 3 up situation. USA will qualify to team finals and end up several points away from top 3, regardless of who goes. At this point, no one is strongly favored for a medal, but Sam, Brody and Stephen seem the most likely to get into finals and luck into one so I hope they all end up in Tokyo.


  2. I think Shane could still make the team (if he’s still healthy!!) considering the fact that he’s decent on 3 needed team events However, high bar needs to be cut out completely. Just take a break from high bar, reassess the composition. Please, night 2 was traumatic.


    • Well only OT counts, so no one is a lock.

      Considering what we’ve seen vs Russia, China and Japan this year, no one is going to medal anywhere.

      No matter who goes, even if they hit, no team medals and no individual medals are up for grabs unless multiple other athletes slip up.

      USAG needs to go or completely replace leadership for MAG.


      • I think they need to keep the top athletes from competing in NCAA. MAG difficulty is insane right now and probably will keep increasing.

        It is impossible to reach the level of difficulty, execution and consistency the top 3 programs currently have while competing almost every week.

        If the US want medals again, they should start paying for top MAG athletes’ éducation so that they dont depend on NCAA-related scholarships.


  3. I suppose I can see the justification for a 4-person women’s team but I’m not fully understanding the 4-person men’s team when they have 6 events instead of 4. I’m sure this has been discussed multiple times but I’m still puzzled by it.


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