Category Archives: 2015 Meet Results

Grip Championships

by Al Myers


Group picture from the 2015 USAWA Grip Championships.

Group picture from the 2015 USAWA Grip Championships.

I know the reporting of this is a little late – but with the recent website upgrade in process many things have been delayed in getting reported. I am working hard to get everything “caught up”, but I only have a couple of extra hours per day to work on this project.  So this report will be extremely brief.

This had to be one of the best USAWA Grip Championships the USAWA has ever had.  There was lots of excitement in the Dino Gym all day long.  Veteran lifter Mary McConnaughey made her return to the USAWA after a few years of absence.  It was a great pleasure having her at the meet, as meets when Mary is present make for a fun time.  She is so full of enthusiasm and encouragement that it seems everyone lifts better.  She brought along young Christian for his first USAWA meet, and he lifted outstanding placing 4th overall.

Seasoned grip master LaVerne Myers topped the field of great lifters in total points in an extremely tough group of grip lifters.  He lifted superb – and had the top total lift of the day in two lifts. His 116# Index Finger Lift and his 182# one arm Fulton Bar Deadlift were the top lifts.  A newcomer from the Dino Gym, Kyle Jones, placed second overall. Kyle had the top Bearhug with a very great lift of 305 pounds.  Scott Tully was the only lifter to exceed 400 pounds in the VB deadlift with a best of 404 pounds. Ben Edwards placed third overall and was at the top of the list in each lift.

It is always great to see new lifters. Young Calvin Heit also made his USAWA debut.  Calvin is only 13 years old but shows great promise as a lifter. It was nice to see the mixture of new lifters with the mix of veterans such as Dave Glasgow, Chad Ullom, and Dean Ross.

Meet Results:

2015 USAWA Grip Championships
February 14th, 2015
Dino Gym
Abilene, KS 67410

Meet Promoter: Al Myers

Official (1-official system used): Al Myers

Scorekeeper: Al Myers

Lifts: Finger Lift – Index (Right and Left), Deadlift – Fulton Bar, One Arm, Bearhug, Vertical Bar Deadlift – 2 Bars, 2″


 Lifter  Age  BWT  FingerR  FingerL DLFB1  Bear VBDL2 TOT PTS
 Mary McConnaughey 55  300  75  80  83R  130  184


 Lifter  Age  BWT FingerR  FingerL DLFB1 Bear  VBDL2  TOT PTS
 LaVerne Myers  70 241  116  110  172R  200 274  872  923,2
 Kyle Jones  27  238  115  115  165R  305  354 1054  857.5
 Ben Edwards  39  229  115  105  154R  255  354  983  815.9
 Christian Schimpf  16  149  75  75  93R  180  254 677  797.2
 Dave Glasgow  61  260  110  105  143R  185  294  837  794.2
 Alan English  31  230  115  115  154R  205  364  953  789.2
Chad Ullom  43 258 110 100 166R 205 364 945 767.4
Dean Ross  72 258 65 75 113R 205 254 712 739.4
 Scott Tully  39  343  110  100  176R  205  404  995  678.9
 Calvin Heit  13  128  55  55  53R  105  134  402  598.9
 Lance Foster  49  317  90  90  121R  185  274  760  591.4


Christian Schimpf: Finger Lift -Index, Right 80#
Christian Schimpf: Finger Lift – Index, Left 80#
Mary McConnaughey: Finger Lift – Index, Left 90#
LaVerne Myers: Deadlift-Fulton Bar, Right Arm 182#
Calvin Heit: Bearhug 130#
Alan English: Bearhug 255#

Notes: Age is age in years. BWT is bodyweight in pounds. R and L designate right and left. All lifts recorded in pounds. TOT is total pounds lifted. PTS are adjusted points corrected for age and bodyweight.

Zercher Strength Classic

by Bill Clark

The only entry was Joe Garcia, age 61, bodyweight 214.  He was injured in the Steinborn lift and could not finish. His lifts for USAWA record – leg press 325, military press feet together 155, two-hand C&J 155, RH deadlift 285, hack 235, zercher 235, heels together deadlift 285, bench feet in air 235, neck 425, Steinborn – failed with 145.   Did not harness, hip, or hand and thigh. His neck, bench and zercher exceeded the records in the current record book.


Zercher Strength Classic
Clarks Gym
January 24th, 2015

Meet Director: Bill Clark

Officials: Bill Clark, Joe Garcia, Steve Schmidt

Bill Clark – Age 82, bodyweight 230.5#
Hip Lift: 771#
Harness Lift: 1078#

David Emslie – Age 74, bodyweight 175.5#
Harness Lift: 1233#
Deadlift – Ciavattone Grip: 290#
Deadlift – Middle Fingers: 170#
Deadlift – Ciavattone Grip, Right Hand: 170#
Deadlift – Ciavattone Grip, Left Hand: 165#
Deadlift – Fulton Bar, Left Hand: 110#
Deadlift – Fulton Bar, Right Hand: 110#
Deadlift – Inch Dumbbell, Right Hand: 96#
Deadlift – Inch Dumbbell, Left Hand: 101#
Deadlift – Inch Dumbbell with 2 Hands: 172#
Deadlift – Dumbbell, Right Arm: 165#
Deadlift – Dumbbell, Left Arm: 165#
Deadlift – 2 Dumbbells: 270#
Swing – Dumbbell, Right Arm: 45#
Swing – Dumbbell, Left Arm: 45#
Swing – 2 Dumbbells: 70#
Curl, Cheat – 2 Dumbbells: 90#
Weaver Stick: 3.75#


Florida Record Day

by Derek Prior

Group picture from the Florida Record Day (left to right): Theo Prior, Derek Prior, Stephen Santangelo, Chad Ullom, and Al Myers

We had three very different lifters for the first ever Florida USAWA record day at the Iron Cave on Saturday 24th January:

Stephen Santangelo is just starting out with the teeth lift, but managed 100lbs. He also did some impressive vertical bar lifts with both the 1-inch and 2-inch bars.

Theo Prior, age 13, bent pressed 50lbs and Ciavatone dead lifted 185, and 235 staggered. He also managed an incredible 705lbs Travis lift.

Derek Prior hit a personal best dumbbell bent press of 85lbs, and another personal best barbell bent press of 85.6lbs.

Al Myers and Chad Ullom officiated, after wrestling gators on the way down from Orlando.

We finished off at the Marsh Landing restaurant for gator tail and frogs legs.


Florida Record Day
The Iron Cave
Fellsmere, Florida
January 24th, 2015

Meet Director:  Derek Prior

Officials (1-official system used): Al Myers, Chad Ullom

Lifts: Record Day


Theo Prior – Age 13, BWT 130#
Bent Press – Dumbbell, Left: 50#
Bent Press – Dumbbell, Right: 50#
Bent Press – Bar, Right: 45#
Travis Lift: 705#
Deadlift – Ciavattone: 185#
Deadlift: 235#
Clean and Press – Dumbbells: 80#

Derek Prior – Age 46, BWT 185#
Bent Press – Dumbbell, Right: 85#
Bent Press – Dumbbell, Left: 50#
Bent Press – Bar, Right: 85#
Travis Lift: 585#
Deadlift – Ciavattone Grip: 315#
Clean and Press – Dumbbells, Heels Together: 120#

Stephen Santangelo – Age 62, BWT 160#
Vertical Bar Deadlift – 1 Bar, 1″, Left: 180#
Vertical Bar Deadlift – 1 Bar, 1″, Right: 190#
Pinch Grip – Two Hands: 141.5#
Vertical Bar Deadlift – 1 Bar, 2″, Right: 145.5#
Dumbbell Walk: 76#

Chad Ullom – Age 43, BWT 263#
Bent Over Row: 295#
Cheat Curl – Dumbbell, Left: 100#
Cheat Curl – Dumbbell, Right: 100#
Snatch – Dumbbell, Left: 85#
Pullover and Press – Wrestlers Bridge: 85#

Al Myers – Age 48, BWT 237#
Bench Press – Feet in Air: 280#
Bench Press – Alternate Grip: 280#
Bench Press – Reverse Grip: 280#
Bench Press – Hands Together: 250#

Dino Gym Challenge

by Thom Van Vleck


Group picture from the 2015 Dino Gym Challenge - (front left to right): Kyle Jones, Chad Ullom, Eric Todd, Lance Foster, (back left to right): LaVerne Myers, Dave Glasgow, Dean Ross, Thom Van Vleck

The Dino Gym Challenge was held at the Dino Gym near Abilene, Kansas on January 17, 2015. Meet director Al Myers has held this meet the 3rd weekend in January for some time and I believe I’ve attended most of them. Every year Al comes up with a new challenge and this year his focus was the deadlift. There were five lifts contested and six lifters showed to test themselves against the iron.

The first lift was the Deadlift-Ciavattone Grip with the Fulton Bar. This lift can be very humbling as the Ciavattone grip is a double overhand grip with no hooking allowed. The deciding factor is the grip and having a Fulton bar that is 2 inches in diameter just adds to the difficulty. Two time Highland Games Masters World Champion Dean Ross was the oldest competitor present. He pulled in 203 pounds. He was matched by Lance Foster. Eric Todd made a 256lb pull. Eric just turned 40 so he’s now in the master’s class. Newcomer Kyle Jones, who has been training with Al Myers recently, pulled 276lbs. Kyle is 27 years old and recently out of the Army. He was matched by Dave Glasgow who was more than twice Kyle’s age. Both pulled 276lbs. Chad Ullom was the only lifter to get more than 300lbs. He finished a nice pull of 323lbs.

The next lift was the one hand deadlift. Everyone went right handed on this lift. Dean Ross got things started with a 164lb effort. Lance and Kyle tied with 242lbs. Dave Glasgow pushed the bar over 300lbs with a nice 314lb effort. Eric Todd pulled 363lbs. Normally this would wind most meets but Chad Ullom really excels at this event and he when over the 400lb barrier with a 418lb pull. Chad one one more pull left and he chose to go to a record 453lbs! Everyone was pretty excited to see this feat and it got pretty loud as Chad pulled the bar to the finish position. He basically had the lift completed, then disaster struck. Chad said later he thought the bar was slipping out. It wasn’t the bar slipping….it was Chad’s skin tearing away from his hand! As the bar popped out and dropped back to earth a flap of skin shot across the platform. It was pretty ugly, but Chad taped it up and the meet continued. I think everyone there took a photo of his hand and it was soon all over social media. Everyone likes a good train wreck!

The Third lift was the Deadlift, no thumbs, overhand grip. Dave Glasgow ended up missing his opener. Dean was next out at 253lbs and Lance Foster ended with 303lbs. Eric Todd was next at 325lbs and Kyle made 369lbs. Chad Ullom was the only lifter to make it to 400 with a nice 402lber. Considering his right hand was taped and the damage done, I was impressed he could pull anything at all.

The fourth lift was the Deadlift, Ciavattone Grip. This time Lance was the first out with a 297lb pull. He was followed by Dean Ross at 314lbs. Eric Todd had 347lbs while Dave Glasgow matched the youngster Kyle Jones at 374lbs. Chad Ullom waited everyone out before even starting his pulls and eventually hit the meet best at 467lbs.

Chad Ullom pulling a new USAWA record in the Heels Together Deadlift at 551 pounds.

The last lift was the Deadlift, heels together. This lift was sure to produce the heaviest poundage lifted for the day. It also, in my opinion, produced a couple of the best efforts of the day. Dean got us started with a 242lb lift with Lance pulling 352lbs. Eric Todd pulled 402lbs. Then Dave Glasgow called for 418lbs. He missed it and called for it on his third attempt. He had such a tough miss I think most of us thought this would be a really tough lift. It was as tough lift, but Dave pulled it through nicely! Kyle Jones finished his first every USAWA meet with a 452lb pull. Hopefully we’ll see more of him. I know he had much more in the tank but he had never even seen some of the lifts, let alone practiced them. Oh…wait, I almost forgot! Chad Ullom called for 551lbs for his final attempt. He pulled it so cleanly that he honestly made it look easy…..making it one of the best efforts of the day along with Dave’s comeback third attempt.

Once the points were tabulated the top three included Eric Todd (3rd), Kyle Jones (2nd) and Chad Ullom (1st). Dave Glasgow might have given Chad a run for his money had he not bombed on one of the lifts. I know he certainly would have been 2nd. Dave looked as strong as I’ve seen him in years! Overall, we had a great day for lifting and it seemed to me that everyone had fun. Other than Chad’s skin tear there were no injuries.

Al Myers was the meet director, I was the scorekeeper and announcer, while Laverne Myers was the judge (single judge system). The lifters all took turns helping load. After the meet we all hung around telling some stories. That is one of my favorite things, the “after meet glow”. It looks like we have several meets coming up but this was a nice start to the new year.


Dino Gym Challenge
Dino Gym, Abilene, Kansas
Saturday, January 17th, 2014

Meet Director: Al Myers

Official (1-Official System Used): LaVerne Myers

Scorekeeper: Thom Van Vleck

Lifts: Deadlift – Fulton Bar, Ciavattone Grip, Deadlift – One Arm, Deadlift – No Thumbs, Overhand Grip, Deadlift – Ciavattone Grip, Deadlift – Heels Together

Chad Ullom 43 255 323 418-R 402 467 551 2161 1765
Kyle Jones 27 244 276 242-R 369 374 452 1713 1376
Eric Todd 40 263 256 363-R 325 347 402 1693 1322
Dave Glasgow 61 261 276 314-R 0 374 418 1382 1309
Dean Ross 72 260 203 164-R 253 314 242 1176 1216
Lance Foster 49 323 203 242-R 303 297 352 1397 1077

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

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