by Al Myers
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.
2015 USAWA Grip Championships
February 14th, 2015
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″
EXTRA ATTEMPTS FOR RECORDS
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.