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From Nashua to nationals: Sixth place for Michael Fletcher

Staff Report
August 18. 2018 9:52PM
Gymnast Michael Fletcher competes on the rings during the junior U.S. Gymnastics Championships at TD Garden in Boston Aug. 18, 2018. Fletcher, of Nashua, finished sixth overall. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

Michael Fletcher, of Nashua, competes on the vault during the junior U.S. Gymnastics Championships at TD Garden in Boston on Saturday. (USA TODAY Sports)

Nashua's Michael Fletcher finished sixth in the junior men's 17-18 division at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships on Saturday at TD Garden in Boston.

Fletcher, who graduated from Bishop Guertin High School in June, is continuing his gymnastics career at the University of Illinois.

Fletcher was tied for first over two sessions (Thursday and Saturday) on the parallel bars with a total score of 25.75. His 25.75 score on the pommel horse was good for second place.

He tied for 11th in floor exercises (26.35), was 12th in rings (25.00) and high bar (23.60) and 14th in the vault (26.50).

Brandon Briones, a rising high school senior from Gilbert, Ariz., was the all-around winner. Riley Loos, a rising high school senior from El Dorado Hills, Calif., was second. University of Oklahoma gymnasts came in third (Spencer Goodell of Tigard, Ore.) and fourth (Vitaliy Guimaraes of Norman, Okla.), and Curran Phillips of Naperville, Ill., and Stanford University, was fifth.

Fletcher plans to study kinesiology at Illinois. He said he got involved in gymnastics because he was an active child and his parents were looking for a way to direct his energies, and not get hurt in the family home, according to USA Gymnastics.

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