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East Walpole Open

By Mark Raymond



Presented by Mark Raymond and Franks Barbell Club
781-801-0947 –

Saturday, May 27th, 2017  10:00am


Frank’s Barbell Club
204 East Street
East Walpole, MA 02032


USAWA Membership Required to participate


9:00am-10:00am the day of the meet


Juniors, Women, Masters & Open


None but please notify Mark in advance if attending.

1st Quarter Postal

By Al Myers



The tradition of our yearly postal series continues, with the kickoff of the 1st quarter postal meet of 2017.   It was well attended with 14 competitors (12 men and 2 women).   A big congrats goes to first time postal meet Men’s Division overall winner Daryl Jackson and the Women’s Overall Champ RJ Jackson.  I was very impressed with the lifting done in this postal meet which offered a very challenging set of dumbbell lifts.

Meet Results:

1st Quarter Postal Meet
January 1st – March 31st, 2017

Meet Director: Denny Habecker

Lifts: Clean and Push Press – 2 Dumbbells, Cheat Curl – 2 Dumbells, Swing – 2 Dumbbells

Lifters that used a Certified Official:
Daryl Jackson – Certified Official RJ Jackson
Eric Todd – Certified Official Lance Foster
Barry Bryan – Certified Official Denny Habecker
Calvin Heit – Certified Official Chad Ullom
Denny Habecker – Certified Official Barry Bryan
Kohl Hess – Certified Official Denny Habecker
Rocky Morrison – Certified Official Frank Ciavattone
Mark Raymond – Certified Official Frank Ciavattone
Aidan Habecker – Certified Official Denny Habecker
Lance Foster – Certified Official Eric Todd
RJ Jackson – Certified Official Denny Habecker
Crystal Diggs – Certified Official RJ Jackson

Lifters that used a non certified judge:
John Douglas
Chad Ullom


RJ Jackson 55 106 70 80 60 210 333.7
Crystal Diggs 30 165 55 60 45 160 160.3


Daryl Jackson 27 154 150 150 130 430 450.2
Eric Todd 42 255 200 190 160 550 445.2
Barry Bryan 59 193 140 160 104 404 441.8
John Douglas 53 305 140 130 150 420 344.9
Calvin Heit 15 142 100 100 70 270 343.2
Denny Habecker 74 193 94 94 80 268 329.3
Kohl Hess 22 270 120 182 120 422 322.2
Rocky Morrison 55 262 100 132 100 332 298.5
Mark Raymond 54 240 80 112 80 272 253.4
Aidan Habecker 13 128 60 60 50 170 244.9
Lance Foster 51 340 110 110 90 310 237.9
Chad Ullom 45 246 40 200 40 280 237.6

Notes:  BWT is bodyweight in pounds.  All lifts recorded in pounds.  TOT is total pounds lifted.  PTS are overall adjusted points corrected for age and bodyweight.

National Championships

By Al Myers



The plans have been made!  The Nationals has been sanctioned and scheduled for June 24th and 25th at Vermillion, Ohio.   Bob Geib will be the meet director for this event, which is the highlight competition each year for the USAWA.  The lifts have been chosen:

DAY 1 – June 24th

Vertical Bar Deadlift – 1 Bar, 2″, One Hand
Clean and Push Press
Bent Over Row
Deadlift – 2 Dumbbells

DAY 2 – June 25th

Clean and Jerk – One Arm
Pullover and Push
Jefferson Lift (Straddle Deadlift)

This is a great selection of lifts for our National Championships.  As per the rules of the USAWA, all lifts chosen for the Nationals must be approved by the USAWA Executive Board.  The EB looks for these things in approving the lifts – a good variety of different movements, lifts that can be performed by the vast majority of lifters, lifts that are easily loadable and officiated, and lifts that represent the USAWA in a good manner.   I like to see a combination of Olympic Lift, Power style lifts, a grip lift, and something that utilizes a specialized lifting skill.  This selection definitely represents those things!

An important date to remember is the closing date for entries.  This date is May 26th, 2017.  This means that your entry form and ENTRY FEE must be sent in by that time.

Nationals information sheet (PDF) – InfoSheetNationals2017

Nationals Entry Form (PDF) – EntryformNationals2017

Club of the Year 2016

By Al Myers

Every year the USAWA gives out several special awards to recognize outstanding performances.  One of these awards is the CLUB OF THE YEAR, which is for the overall best club in the USAWA.

Unlike the other USAWA awards where the winners are selected by nomination and vote of the membership, the Club of the Year is earned.  It is based on a point system where each club earns points for various involvements in the USAWA throughout the year.  I think this system is very fair – and it makes it easy for me to calculate all clubs point totals. This is the guidelines for which a club earns points:

Club Awards are determined by adding up club points using this 4-Step System:

1. One point awarded to the club for EACH USAWA registered member that lists the club as their affiliated club on their membership application. This designation is also listed beside the members name on the membership roster.
2. Two points awarded to the club for EACH club member that participates in the National Championships, World Championships, and Gold Cup. Points are awarded for each competition, so if one club athlete competes in all three of these big meets it would generate 6 points for the club.
3. Three points awarded to the club for EACH USAWA sanctioned event or competition the club promotes.
4. Four bonus points awarded to the club for promotion of the National Championships, World Championships, and Gold Cup.

Another standing rule is the that defending Club Champion is ineligible the following year, but has the honor of presenting the new USAWA Yearly Club Champion the award.  This was put in place so one club would not dominate winning the award year after year.  The Dino Gym won this award last year, so it’s my honor to announce this year’s winner!!!  Now for the drum roll please……

The winner of the 2016 USAWA CLUB OF THE YEAR goes to …..


Frank’s Barbell Club dominated the race this year for Club of the Year. They generated an unbelievable point total of 59 points.  I will have to do some checking but I don’t think any club has generated that many yearly points before. They accomplished this by having 15 registered club members: Lindsey Beavy, Frankie Ciavattone, Frank Ciavattone, Jeff Ciavattone, Micheal Driscoll, James Fuller, David Gago, Jessica Hopps, Kim Lydon, Cassie Morrison, James Morrison, Rocky Morrison, James Patterson, Tony Patterson, and Mark Raymond.  The club also promoted the 2016 USAWA National Championships under the direction of club leader Frank Ciavattone.

The final standings for the top 5 Clubs are as follows:

1. Frank’s Barbell Club – 59 points

2. Habecker’s Gym – 33 points

3. Ambridge Barbell Club – 12 points

4. Clark’s Championship Gym – 11 points

5. KC Strongman – 10 points

This award will be officially presented at the 2017 National Championships in conjunction with the Awards Presentation.  Congratulations to Frank’s Barbell Club!

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