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World Postal Championships

by Al Myers

2016 IAWA World Postal Championships
The Andy Goddard Memorial

The results of the 2016 IAWA World Postal Championships are in! The World Postal is one of 3 IAWA competitions each year, with the Gold Cup and the World Championships being the others.  This World Postal gives lifters an opportunity to compete in an IAWA event without the expense of traveling.  There’s really no reason not to enter.  I want to especially thank promoter Steve Gardner for making this happen. Steve gives so much of his time ensuring the future success of the IAWA. All of us need to thank him for this!

These are a few words Steve had in relaying the results of the World Postal,  “24 Teams and 63 lifters…an outstanding result! A big well done and thank you to all who supported The Andy Goddard Memorial event, and congratulations all on your World Rankings!!”

I was so glad to see so many countries represented in this World Postal Championships. It gives great credence to the IAWA being a World organization. I want to thank all lifters who participated from England, the United States, Australia, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Your support is what keeps these events occurring.

Top 10 Teams Rankings:

1.    Burton Powerhouse, England 1 1137.1
2.    Granby Grippers, England 1080.7
3.    Burton Powerhouse 2, England 1039.7
4.    Team Northern Ireland, Ireland 977.8
5.    Burton Powerhouse 3, England 963.2
6.    Twyford Celts, Wales 891.0
7.    Dino Gym, USA 885.1
8.    Shut up and Lift, Scotland 881.3
9.    Burton Powerhouse 4, England 880.7
10.  Kansas City, USA 861.6

Top 10 Individuals Rankings:

1.  Steve Sherwood 427.7
2.  Pete Tryner 402.5
3.  Ruth Jackson 374.8
4.  James Gardner 373.7
5.  Steve Andrews 373.5
6.  Phil Crisp 373.5
7.  Stevie Shanks 371.6
8.  Al Myers 364.4
9.  Max Ell 363.9
10.  Roy McLean 363.4

FULL MEET RESULTS (PDF) –  2016-world-postal

OTSM Championships

By Eric Todd

MEET REPORT AND RESULTS

2016 Old Time Strongman Championships

Another chapter of USAWA’s Old Time Strongman Championship is in the books. This is one of the newer championships in the USAWA.  It was started by Thom VanVleck several years ago, and has been hosted by me for the past 3 years.  This year’s event proved to be our best turnout since it has been contested in the big tin-can with ten competitors.  The weather could not have been more cooperative.  It was a great day to be an all-rounder.

The day started off with a bang. My 3 month old black lab/redbone hound mix Archibald was on hand to support us all day.  Before the meet he was causing a commotion over behind some equipment by the wall.  When we looked to see what was going on, it appeared he was doing battle with a critter, which turned out to be a woodchuck.  Before long, it became obvious that Archie would be the victor, and he proudly made a victory lap around the barn with the critter hanging from his mouth.

Anyhow, after the excitement, it was time for the lifting to begin. We had a wide array of competitors with different lifting experience.  Abe Smith made his way back into the USAWA.  Abe saw lots of success competing for Clarks gym a number of years ago.  At a lighter bodyweight with huge poundages lifted, Abe has always been tough to beat in all-round.  President Denny Habecker came from Pennsylvania.  Denny is a seasoned all-rounder and Olympic weightlifter.  His travel partner was one of the senior members of the USAWA, Art Montini.  Dean Ross from Oklahoma was there.  Dean has been a highland games thrower for many years, and now is a stalwart in the USAWA.  My good friend and training partner Lance Foster was there.  Lance has competed in strongman, powerlifting, Highland Games, and all-round.  Scott Tully and Heather Gardner came from Salina, KS to compete.  Scott, who was a huge presence in Strongman for many years, also competed in powerlifting and highland games.  Heather trains at Scott’s gym, Driven Fitness, and has primarily competed in powerlifting.  Greg Cook made his return to all-round.  Greg is an old school powerlifter who I competed with in strongman for a number of years.  Ben Edwards also came to us from Kansas.  Ben has competed in all-round and highland games, but is probably best known for being one of the most successful grip competitors in our area.

We started off with the Dinnie lift. There were some great lifts here, with four lifters going over 600 pounds.  Abe Smith’s 650 without the aid of a hook grip was maybe the most impressive, along with Heather’s 480 record attempt.

The next discipline was the Thor’s hammer. I had heard that in training, Ben had been hitting record poundages, so I knew I would have my work cut out for me to keep pace.  Well, we both hit our stride in this one.  We both hit the all-time record on the Thor’s hammer in competition of 55 pounds.  In a record attempt, I also hit a 60 pound lift, to again beat the all-time record.

In the third lift of the meet, we contested the Saxon Snatch. Though not Art’s favorite lift, he did comment to me that he would be making the implement when he got home.  Scott’s best in the competition was 100 pounds.  But in a record attempt, he nailed 110 for the all-time record in an attempt that looked effortless.

In the last lift of the day, we did the Hackenschmidt Floor Press. Scott opened very conservatively, but ended with a top lift of 355.  Abe wowed everyone again with a 335 lift at 183 pound body weight.  Heather challenged the guys with her 175 lift.

In the end, Abe’s incredible strength per body weight was insurmountable. Particularly impressive as he had not trained for these specific disciplines.   Heather was the women’s champion.  Results are as follows.

Meet Results:

2016 OTSM Championships
September 10, 2016
ET’s House of Stone
Turney, MO

Meet Director: Eric Todd

Officials: Eric Todd, Lance Foster, Denny Habecker

Lifts: Thor’s Hammer, Hackenschmidt Floor Press, Saxon Snatch, Dinnie Lift

Lifter Weight Age Dinnie Thor’s Saxon Hacken Total Ajd Age Adj Place
Eric Todd 259 41 700 55 105 400 1260 983.808 1003.484 2
Dean Ross 253.5 73 400 30 65 215 710 558.912 748.942 5
Denny Habecker 196.5 73 350 25 55 215 645 581.468 779.166 4
Art Montini 176 88 230 12.5 30 100 372.5 358.047 533.49 9
Lance Foster 340 50 480 32.5 60 175 747.5 511.664 567.947 8
Ben Edwards 231 41 500 55 80 245 880 726.528 741.059 7
Greg Cook 254 59 600 40 70 225 935 735.097 882.116 3
Scott Tully 356.5 40 600 40 100 355 1095 733.76 741.2 6
Abe Smith 183 37 650 30 80 335 1095 1028.315 1028.315 1
Heather Gardner 215 35 400 25 65 175 665 570.437 570.431 1
Extra attempts for record Lifter Weight
Hackenschmidt Floor press Dean Ross 225
Dinnie Lift Heather Graham 480
Thor’s Hammer Eric Todd 60
Saxon Snatch Scott Tully 110

All weights recorded in pounds.

Frank’s BBC RD

By Rocky Morrison

Frank’s Barbell Club Record Day 8/15/2016.

Nice warm day in August in New England, Great day for a team meet… This team meet was not as large as our last team meet with 5 lifters, but we had three very impressive rookies. The rookies all from Frank’s Barbell Club were: Kim Lydon, Tony Patterson, and Mark Raymond. The two veterans were: Rocky Morrison and Frank Ciavattone. We had a few spectators that cheered on the team. Officials for the meet were Jeff Ciavattone, Joe Ciavattone, Frank Ciavattone, and official in training Rocky Morrison.

Kim Lydon in her first competition was very impressive. She left everyone saying “she made that look easy”.

Meet Results:

Frank’s BBC RD
Frank’s Barbell Club
August 15th, 2016

Kim Lydon – Open – 70 Kg. Class

Bench Press 120lbs – 54.4kgs
LH Vertical Bar – 2″ bar 88.5lbs – 40.1kgs
RH Vertical Bar – 2″ bar 88.5lbs – 40.1kgs
Seated Press Behind Neck From Racks 90lbs – 40.8kgs
Crucifix 40lbs – 18.1kgs

Tony Patterson showed everyone why he is a world class arm wrestler. He showed some great grip and arm strength.

Tony Patterson – 50+ (and Open) – 80 Kg. Class

Barbell Curl – Strict 133.5lbs –60.5kgs
Barbell Reverse Curl 138lbs –62.6kgs
RH Fulton Deadlift 190lbs – 86.2kgs
LH Vertical Bar – 2″ bar 190.5lbs – 86.4kgs
RH Vertical Bar – 2″ bar 190.5lbs – 86.4kgs

Mark Raymond was another impressive rookie, I think he surprised himself. Those of us that had seen him lift knew he had a good grip, but we didn’t know how good.

Mark Raymond – 50+ – 110 Kg. Class

Barbell Reverse Curl 100lbs –45.4kgs
RH Fulton Deadlift 177lbs –80.3kgs
LH Fulton Deadlift 152lbs –68.9kgs
LH Vertical Bar – 2″ bar 176.5lbs – 80.1kgs
RH Vertical Bar – 2″ bar 176.5lbs – 80.1kgs

Frank Ciavattone continues to amaze us all. He is the best coach and very strong…

Frank Ciavattone – 60+ – 125+ Kg. Class

LH Ciavattone Deadlift 243lbs –110.2kgs
RH Ciavattone Deadlift 264lbs –119.7kgs
LH Vertical Bar – 2″ bar 155lbs – 70.3kgs

Rocky Morrison did a few new lifts for him.

Rocky Morrison – 50+ – 125+ Kg. Class

2H Straddle – 2″ bar 290lbs –131.5kgs
Barbell Reverse Curl 110lbs –49.9kgs
Deadlift – Stiff Legged 350lbs – 158.8kgs

After the meet Frank and Colleen hosted the team for a great BBQ. Looking forward to our next meet in September.

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.

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