World’s Banquet Notice

by Al Myers

Denny Habecker, the promoter of this year’s IAWA World Championships, is getting the details worked out for this year’s big meet. Denny and Judy were planning on holding the banquet at their house but due to the number of people attending have moved the banquet to the business All About You Catering. Also, Pennsylvania weather can be unpredictable in October so instead of it being held on their patio outside, it will be inside.  The cost for the banquet is $25, payable to Denny.

Lifter of the Month – Joe Ciavattone Jr.

by Al Myers

The USAWA Lifter of the Month for JUNE is Joe Ciavattone Jr..  Joe lifted brilliantly at the 2016 USAWA National Championships in Boston in capturing the BEST OVERALL LIFTER in the Men’s Division.  This is the first overall lifter award for Joe Jr. at the National Championships, who is only 23 years old but is very experienced as he has been competing Nationally for many years at Nationals and other big meets.

Congratulations to Joe Jr.!

Presidential Cup

By Denny Habecker

2016 USAWA PRESIDENTIAL CUP

The 2016 Presidential Cup was a huge success. We had the biggest turnout yet. Seven lifters lifted and set 21 new records. We had lifters ranging in age from 13 year old Aidan Habecker to 88 year old Art Montini, who always amazes us with his fine lifting at his age. Barry Pensyl, a great all-round lifter from the past came back and did some fine lifts with ease. Dean Ross, who seems to never miss a meet, did 5 nice lifts and big Frank Ciavattone came down from Mass. to do some great Ciavattone Deadlift records. Judy Habecker was also inspired to do a Ciavattone Deadlift record. Aidan continues to show improvement every day and did a big Vertical Bar Deadlift- 2 bars, 2″, breaking the previous record by over 40 pounds.

Meet Results:

2016 Presidential Cup
August 6th, 2016
Habecker’s Gym
Lebanon, PA

Meet Director: Denny Habecker

Officials (3-Official System Used): Denny Habecker, Art Montini, Frank Ciavattone

Lifts:

ART MONTINI – 88 – 174 Lbs. – 80 Kg. Class [ 85 – 89]
Abdominal Raise – 30 Lbs. – 13.6 Kg.
Deadlift – 2 Dumbbells – 126 Lbs. – 57.1 Kg.

JUDY HABECKER – 75 – 150 Lbs. – 70 Kg. Class [ 75 – 79 ]
Deadlift – Ciavattone Grip – 110.2 Lbs. – 50Kg.

Denny Habecker – 73 – 190 Lbs. – 90 Kg. [ 70 – 74 ]
Deadlift – Fulton Bar- One Arm – Right – 121.25 Lbs. – 55 Kg.
Deadlift- Dumbbell – One Arm- Left – 157 Lbs. – 71.2 Kg.
Deadlift – Ciavattone Grip, One Arm – Right – 165.3 Lbs. – 75 Kg
Holdout – Lowered – 45 Lbs. – 20.4 Kg.

DEAN ROSS – 73 – 249 Lbs. – 115 Kg. Class [ 70 – 74]
Curl – Dumbbell, Cheat – Left Hand – 40 Lbs. – 18.1 Kg.
Curl – Dumbbell, Cheat – Right Hand – 40 Lbs. – 18.1 Kg.
Curl – 2 Dumbbells, Cheat – 80 Lbs. – 36.2 Kg.
Deadlift – Fulton Bar – – 198.4 Lbs. – 90 Kg.
Steinborn – 143.2 Lbs. – 65 Kg.

Barry Pensyl – 68 – 150 Lbs. – 70 Kg. Class [ 65 – 69 ]
Curl – Strict – 60 Lbs. – 27.25 Kg.
Bench Press – Hands Together – 115.7 Lbs. – 52.5 Kg.
Bench Press – Reverse Grip – 126.7 Lbs. – 57.5 Kg.

Frank Ciavattone – 61 – 287 Lbs. – 125 + Kg. Class – [ 60 – 64 ]
Deadlift – Ciavattone Grip – One Arm – Left – 231.5 Lbs – 105 Kg.
Deadlift – Ciavattone Grip – One Arm – Right – 254.6 Lb – 115.5 Kg.
Vertical Bar Deadlift – 1 Bar – 2″ One Hand – Left – 148.8 Lbs. – 67.5 Kg.
Vertical Bar Deadlift – 1 Bar – 2″ One Hand – Right – 159.8 Lbs. – 72.5 Kg.

AIDAN HABECKER 13 – 125 Lbs. – 60 Kg. Class
Vertical Bar Deadlift – 2 Bars – 2″ – 176.3 Lbs. – 80 Kg.
Deadlift – Heels Together – – 132. Lbs. – 60 Kg.

WINNER OF PRESIDENTIAL CUP – AIDAN HABECKER

Club Championships

BY DAVE GLASGOW

THE SMALL TURN OUT FOR THIS EVENT DID NOT DAMPEN THE ENTHUSIASM AS FOUR INDIVIDUALS FROM TWO DIFFERENT TEAMS MADE QUICK WORK OF THE LIFTS. FIRST LIFT OF THE DAY WAS THE ONE HAND C/J, USING THE NON-DOMINATE HAND.  IT QUICKLY BECAME APPARENT THAT AS WE HAVE AGED, SO HAVE OUR SHOULDERS!! WATCHING THE MYERS BOYS(AL AND LAVERNE) DO TOKEN LIFTS WAS PAINFUL TO WATCH.  I AM SURE THAT IN THEIR DAY, THE WEIGHT WOULD HAVE BEEN CONSIDERABLY HEAVIER. DEAN ROSS HAD TROUBLE WITH THE JERK ON HIS FIRST TWO ATTEMPTS BUT AFTER SOME INSTRUCTION AND ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THE OTHERS, HE WAS ABLE TO GET HIS FINAL ONE IN. THE HOST OF THE EVENT, DAVE, HAD A DISAPPOINTING SECOND AND THIRD ATTEMPT FOLLOWING A SOLID OPENER.

THE TURKISH GET UP PROVED TO BE NOT ONLY A CHALLENGE BUT RATHER COMICAL AT TIMES.  LAVERNE MYERS PROVED WHY HE HAS BEEN A VERY SUCCESSFUL FARMER HIS WHOLE LIFE.  FOLLOWING A RATHER SCARY FIRST ATTEMPT IN WHICH HE ABOUT PRACTICED SOME UNSCHEDULED DENTISTRY ON HIMSELF, HE GUTTED OUT A LIFT THAT I SWEAR MUST HAVE TAKEN 60 SECONDS TO COMPLETE. IT WAS CERTAINLY THE LIFT OF THE DAY!  HIS DETERMINATION PROVED THE FORMER STATEMENT CONCERNING HIS FARMING CAREER!  DEAN ROSS MADE A VERY SOLID 34 POUND LIFT AND SHOWED GOOD TECHNIQUE DOING IT. AL, AGAIN, TOOK A TOKEN LIFT TO STAY IN THE HUNT. DAVE TOOK TWO ATTEMPTS AND WAS GLAD TO HAVE REPEATED A WEIGHT THAT HE DID AS A ‘YOUNGER MAN’.

IT APPEARED THAT THE GROUP WAS GLAD TO MOVE TO A SIMPLER MOVEMENT IN THE STRICT REVERSE CURL. CREDITABLE LIFTS WERE MADE BY ALL! THE FINAL LIFT OF THE DAY WAS THE FULTON DEADLIFT, CIAVATTONE GRIP. THIS LIFT PROVED TO BE THE MOST COMPETITIVE OF THE DAY.  LAVERNE MYERS SHOWED HIS HAND STRENGTH ONCE AGAIN. IT AMAZES ME THAT HIS PULLING STRENGTH GIVES UP ON HIM BEFORE HIS GRIP. DEAN MADE A FINAL LIMIT THAT LOOKED VERY GOOD. AL AND I MADE THE SAME WEIGHT AND I DON’T KNOW ABOUT HIM, BUT I AM SURE I COULD NOT HAVE DONE FIVE POUNDS MORE! (webmaster note: Dave in truth lifted 5 more pounds than Al)

TO END THE DAY, WE MOVED TO THE ‘ROLLING THUNDER’ LIFT. THIS WAS A NON-COMPETITION LIFT THAT WE DID JUST FOR FUN AND BRAGGING RIGHTS. HAVE I MENTIONED LAVERNE MYERS GRIP STRENGTH??  NEED I SAY MORE!!? ON A PERSONAL NOTE, I WANT TO THANK THESE THREE GUYS FOR COMING. THEY ALL SPENT A GOOD AMOUNT OF TIME ON THE ROAD TO BE HERE AND I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE THAT. I WILL AGAIN HOST THE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS NEXT YEAR. BE THERE!!! WHY?? ‘CAUSE I SAID SO!!

Meet Results:

USAWA Club Championships
Ledaig Heavy Athletics
Rainbow Bend, KS
July 23rd, 2016

Meet Director: Dave Glasgow

Officials (3 official system used): Dave Glasgow, Al Myers, LaVerne Myers

Lifts: Clean & Jerk – One Arm, Turkish Get Up, Curl – Reverse Grip, Deadlift – Ciavattone Grip, Fulton Bar

1. Dino Gym – 1292.2 Total Adjusted Points

Lifter Age BWT C&J-1 TGU Curl DL-CG,FB
Al Myers 49 234 47.5L 25 100 292
LaVerne Myers 72 239 47.5R 12 90 282
Dean Ross 73 252 37.5L 34.5 80 232

2. Ledaig Heavy Athletics – 542.9 Total Adjusted Points

Lifter Age BWT C&J-1 TGU Curl DL-CG,FB
Dave Glasgow 63 253 95L 53 110 297

Rolling Thunder Challenge

Lifter Right Hand Left Hand Total
Al Myers 171.5 171.5 343
LaVerne Myers 171.5 161.5 333
Dave Glasgow 151.5 136.5 288
Dean Ross 86.5 86.5 173

Notes: All lifts recorded in pounds. BWT is bodyweight in pounds. R & L designate right and left arms.

Lifter of the Month – James Fuller

by Al Myers

James Fuller in action performing a Hip Lift at the Heavy Lift Championships in York, PA a few years back.

James Fuller in action performing a Hip Lift at the Heavy Lift Championships in York, PA a few years back.

The USAWA Lifter of the Month for May is James Fuller.  James had a great performance at the USAWA Heavy Lift Championships, and won best overall lifter.  Best lifter at the Heavy Lift Championships is a hard one to get, as there are always many outstanding seasoned heavy lifters competing in this meet.   I now consider James as part of this  “seasoned group” as he’s been very involved in many heavy lift meets over the past few years. When he straps on the belts and chains he knows what to do!

Congrats James on being the Lifter of the Month!

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