With a seed from US Nationals, Harold Owens III got to sit back and watch the others battle through prelims and semi-finals. Harold had his freestyle on lock and his confidence showed on stage. Coming in at 4th, Harold was the top placing US competitor. And that’s a good spot to be in for Nationals in October.
The term “sleeper” has been thrown around a lot with Gentry Stein this year. Bowing out of competing at BAC, Gentry gave all his focus and attention to preparing for Worlds. Through prelims and semi-finals he didn’t lead the pack. But that was intentional. Gentry didn’t want to give to much away until Finals. With a jaw dropping Final routine at Worlds, Gentry has cemented himself as one of the top Modern yo-yo players in the world.
With Mexican flags waving in the crowd, Luis Enrique took the stage at Worlds. Luis has been working up the contenders ranks for years. 2012 found him on everyone’s list of top players who had a shot. And this freestyle did not disappoint.
Paolo Bueno has been a standout player this year. Dominating his local contest scene, Paolo also placed very well at Cal States and BAC. As players dropped left and right in prelims and semi-finals at Worlds, Paolo stuck in there and earned a prestigious spot in Finals. YoYoFactory Contest Team potential? We think so.
Gentry Stein is sitting right where he wants to be on the results board. He’s a sleeper.He took it very safe with his prelim freestyle. But it was more then enough to secure him a spot right in the middle of the pack. Semi-finals tomorrow will only tell what Gentry might have up his sleeves.