Whittenburg, Ruggeri, Orozco

Whittenburg posted a 87.950 for the event’s highest all-around score.


Paul Ruggeri of Manlius, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (U.S. Olympic Training Center), was next at 87.200, with 2013 World bronze-medalist John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (U.S. Olympic Training Center), at 86.450.

Leyva posted an 86.250 at the Qualifier to qualify. For the list of the men’s qualifiers with the National Points Ranking System, go to usagym.org. …


Those aren’t great scores, even for this early in the season.

Whittenburg is looking like a good call for Worlds, however. A strong all-arounder who could count for the Team on both Pommels and Rings.

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9 thoughts on “Whittenburg, Ruggeri, Orozco”

  1. There were a bunch of people who were not there – Dalton, Mikulak, Penev, Melton, Maestas and don’t forget AKASH MODI.

    Ruggeri got 11 something on PH and still beat everyone but Whittenberg and got 87+. Everyone knows Ruggeri sucks on PH and no one cares. Ruggeri came out of this looking pretty good.

    Danell Leyva, on the other hand, got himself beat in the AA by Allen Bower and Orozco bombed PH, which is one event a long time ago people where it was thought he would help the USA. Not anymore.

    Those people do have some work to do before Nationals.

    1. Thanks for the update, Ono.

      My main point is that Orozco and Leyva no longer look like gymnasts who could challenge Uchimura. Seems the USA has to look to Sam and the next generation for that.

  2. Uchimura’s main opponent is Father Time. Eventually, that guy beats everyone. Leyva and Orozco may not even make the US World team, let alone beat Uchimura. They won’t be getting any favors done for them, and if they mess up, that’s it.

  3. Unless they make some huge changes fast, I don’t think Orozco and Leyva will be making any worlds team in the future. John hasn’t been himself since 2012 Nationals, and Danell since 2012 Olympics. I don’t know what the issue is with either gymnast, but I hope they make some changes fast.

  4. Orozco had a serious injury in 2012. He originally hadn’t even planned to be back by U.S. Nationals in 2013, but did decently there and ended up winning a medal at Worlds. His PH is still screwed up, but he might be OK.

    Leyva is another story. He competed a ton after the 2012 Olympics and showed up looking burned out and awful at the American Cup and to a lesser extent, Nationals.

    I thought maybe taking some time off would help him, and he looked fine in the videos he’s been putting up, but clearly he’s not what he once was.

  5. Leyva’s injury is probably in his brain.

    Horton had shoulder surgery around this time last year and then tore a pec muscle right before Winter Cup. He was placed on the National team anyway, so he didn’t have to bother with this meet.

    Chris Brooks is starting to have some arguments with Father Time. It might go on for a while, but we all know who will win that one.

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