GREENSBORO, N.C. – Jason Brown won his first U.S. title, holding off Adam Rippon thanks to his big lead after the short program.
Brown finished with 274.98 points to beat Rippon by 2.5. Rippon won the free skate with 187.77.
Brown, who earned an Olympic berth last year as national runner-up, skated just well enough Sunday to clinch victory. He landed with two feet on his second triple axel but had eight triples overall, proving he could win a national title without a quad.
"I've trained so hard, so I went out there like it's another day in the office," he said.
Joshua Farris, skating last, had a chance to overtake Brown on Sunday, but one of his triple-jump combinations didn't count because he did a double toe loop three different times. He finished third.
Four-time champion Jeremy Abbott dropped from third to fifth after falling twice during the long program.
Also Sunday, U.S. Figure Skating announced that Olympian Polina Edmunds will represent the United States at the world championships. She replaces Saturday's third-place finisher, 15-year-old Karen Chen, who is too young for the senior worlds.