Core Classic Top 20 Favorites to Win Gymnastics Titles

Tomorrow on August 6th, at the Now Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois we will witness an event of epic proportions, the Core Classic. Featuring an impressive line-up of 150 Senior Elite men gymnasts, it stands as one of the most significant senior men’s competitions in the last two decades.

This unprecedented event is a phenomenal idea by the USA Gymnastics men’s program committee.The opportunity provided to so many gymnasts on the national stage is commendable. Competitions like this will undoubtedly act as a beacon, keeping the senior men actively engaged in the sport.

A field so vast and talented is bound to promise some unforeseen results. Could a dark horse emerge from this gathering of athletic prowess, a new star catching everyone’s attention with the Olympic Games just around the corner? 

Many of the U.S. national team members and top gymnasts, such as Yul Moldauer, Asher Hong, and Shane Wiskus, have already pre-qualified for US Championships at the end of the month. It’s going to be quite intriguing to see their participation levels at the Core Classic. While their presence will definitely add prestige to the event, the question arises: What are the pros and cons for these seasoned athletes in competing here?

The US Men’s program committee and the high-performance director, Brett McClure, will certainly be on the lookout. They’re focused on developing a formidable team with the potential to secure team and individual medals at the World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium in October. 

Regardless of the competitive dynamics, one thing is certain. Whoever secures the all-around title at the Core Classic will catapult themselves into national conversation and spotlight. They will be considered serious contenders for the World Team as we head into the US Championships at the end of August. 

Without further ado, let’s delve into the list of the top 20 gymnasts with the best odds to win the all-around or individual titles at the Core Classic:

  1. Yul Moldauer -5280 (AA, FX, PH, PB, HB)
  2. Asher Hong – Stanford (AA, VT, FX, R, PB)
  3. Shane Wiskus – EVO (AA, FX, PB, HB)
  4. Curran Phillips – EVO (PB, HB)
  5. Donnell Whittenburg – Salto (AA, R, VT, FX)
  6. Riley Loos – Stanford (AA, Vault)
  7. Ian Gunther – Stanford (AA)
  8. Khoi Young – Stanford (PH, VT, AA)
  9. Colt Walker – Stanford (PB, HB)
  10. Taylor Burkhart – Stanford (AA)
  11. Blake Sun – Stanford (PB)
  12. Alex Diab – EVO (R, VT)
  13. Kameron Nelson – Ohio State (FX, AA)
  14. Paul Juda – Michigan (AA, VT, HB)
  15. Stephen Nedoroscik – EVO (PH)
  16. Ignacio Yockers – Oklahoma (PH)
  17. Jack Freeman – Oklahoma (HB)
  18. Samuel Phillips – Nebraska (FX)
  19. Connor McCool – Illinois (FX)
  20. Cameron Bock – Michigan (AA)

The Core Classic is shaping up to be an electrifying event. As we prepare to watch the spectacle, it’s clear that this event could be the turning point for many careers, while providing a glimpse of the US gymnastics future. Stay tuned for the amazing performances to come!

Eager to watch the spectacle unfold? Here are all the details you need:

Date: Sunday, August 6th 

Schedule & How to Watch:

– Men Session 1: From 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., tune in to the USA Gymnastics YouTube channel.

– Senior Men Session 2: Catch the action from 4:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the USA Gymnastics YouTube channel

Don’t miss this chance to witness some of the most talented gymnasts in the nation take the stage at the Core Classic. It’s more than just a competition – it’s a celebration of skill, determination, and the exciting future of U.S. gymnastics.


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