Men’s Gymnastics Signs Two
BERKELEY - California men's gymnastics signed a pair of gymnasts on Wednesday – one from the United States and an international gymnast – as announced on Wednesday by head coach JT Okada. Theodor Gadderud (Oslo, Norway) and Harrison Gregory (Fairfax, Va.) have signed National Letters of Intent.
One of the youngest gymnasts to ever be recruited by the Norwegian National Team at the age of 11, Gadderud most recently took first in the all-around at the 2020 Unisport Norwegian Cup with a score of 78.865. He also collected three second-place finishes at the Norwegian Senior Championships on parallel bars (13.650), rings (13.250) and high bar (13.050). He finished fourth in the all-around at that meet with a score of 77.600.
At the 2019 Norwegian Junior Championships, Gadderud collected a trio of first place finishes – all-around (75.350), floor (13.500) and high bar (12.650). At the Nordic Junior Championships, he took first in the all-around (76.564), rings (13.200), parallel bars (12.766) and high bar (12.466).
Gadderud was also the Norwegian national champion in 2018 in the all-around, floor, rings and parallel bars.
"I am happy to welcome Theo to the Cal men's gymnastics team," Okada said. "His international experience and his higher-level start values on a few of the events will help us tremendously in working toward our team goals."
Gregory, who has aspirations to go to medical school after completing his undergraduate degree, heads west to Berkeley after competing for the Apollo Gymnastics club team. Gregory hasn't competed recently due to injury.
"Harrison is another welcome addition to our team," Okada said. "It is our hope that he will bring resiliency and a great work ethic to our squad. He is capable of very high-level gymnastics and can have a major impact in several of our lineups."
The Bears will open the 2022 campaign on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. against SoCal United in Berkeley.