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Gold Cup

By Al Myers

Group picture from the 2016 IAWA Gold Cup in Abilene, KS.

Group picture from the 2016 IAWA Gold Cup in Abilene, KS.

I was honored to be able to promote the IAWA Gold Cup this year.  The Gold Cup has had a prestigious past, with many great meet promoters putting on top notch shows. These past promotors set the bar high for me!  I felt everything went very well.  There was lots of great lifting and many new IAWA World Records set.  Right now I feel a sense of relief that the meet is over and it was a success!

We had one Junior Lifter, my daughter Molly Myers.  Molly started the event with a tremendous back squat of 110 KGS.  She did this lift without knee wraps and a belt (she forgot her belt!). One thing that makes the Gold Cup very special is that it is a true World event every year.  Peter Phillips made the trip from Perth, Australia to do a 155KG Thumbless Grip Deadlift. Timo Lauttamus represented Finland and performed an amazing 100KG Little Finger Hacklift. Steve Gardner from England started the meet off with a 80KG Middle Fingers Straddle. Karen Gardner from England continues to show her many all round lifting skills by lifting 32.5KG in the Hands Together Bench Press.  George Dick from Scotland always keeps the crowd entertained, and in the process set a new World Record with a 45KG Dumbbell & Barbell Anyhow. A couple of other lifters that really stood out included Eric Todd with a 60KG Lying Lateral Raise and 89 year old Art Montini with a 80 KG Deadlift.

Timo Lauttamus and his outstanding Little Fingers Deadlift of 100 KG.

Timo Lauttamus and his outstanding Little Fingers Deadlift of 100 KG.

For the past several years an outstanding Best Lifter of the Gold Cup has been awarded. The award is named the Howard Prechtel Memorial Award, in honor of Howard Prechtel for starting the Gold Cup many years ago. This year’s winner was Timo Lauttamus with his outstanding Little Fingers Hack. Second Place went to LaVerne Myers, and third place went to Peter Phillips.

Winner of the Howard Prechtel Award was Timo Lauttamus (center). Peter Phillips from Australia was third (left) and LaVerne Myers was second (right).

Winner of the Howard Prechtel Award was Timo Lauttamus (center). Peter Phillips from Australia was third (left) and LaVerne Myers was second (right).

I have many people who I need to thank for helping me throughout the weekend.  First up is my dad LaVerne. He served as co-promoter for the Gold Cup and really helped coordinating the meet venue and hosting several lifters at his home. My wife Leslie catered the meal herself, and did an excellent job. I may be biased but I felt the banquet meal was one of the best ever!  I especially want to thank the crew that helped with loading and setup – Brad Wehling, Jason Lahr, and Kyle Jones. I couldn’t believe we did the meet set up in only an hour. Steve Gardner was brilliant on the microphone all day as well as doing all the scorekeeping. My buddies Chad and Thom helped so much as well.   Lastly, I can’t say enough about all the help I got from Peter Phillips. Peter was spending the week with me and I put him to work! Peter helped me get all the equipment ready and loaded the day before, helped with set up and tear down, officiated all day, and then helped me unload everything once I got it back home. He was my right-hand man! I especially want to thank all the lifters that took part in this event.

This day was a great day in the history of the IAWA.

Meet Results:

2016 IAWA Gold Cup
Abilene Civic Center
Abilene, KS, USA
October 22nd, 2016

Meet Promoters: Al Myers and LaVerne Myers

Announcer and Scorekeeper: Steve Gardner

Officials (3-official system used): George Dick, Peter Phillips, Denny Habecker, Dennis Mitchell, Chad Ullom, LaVerne Myers, Al Myers, Thom Van Vleck

Loaders: Chad Ullom, Al Myers, Jason Lahr, Dean Ross, Molly Myers

Results (PDF) – iawa-gold-cup

Frank’s Record Day

Frank’s Record Day 9/27/2016.

We had another good team meet at Frank’s Barbell Club. Officials for the meet were Jeff Ciavattone, Joe Ciavattone, Frank Ciavattone, and official in training Rocky Morrison.

Kim Lydon continued her impressive lifting.

Kim Lydon – Open – 70 Kg. Class

Ciavattone Deadlift 226lbs – 102.5kgs
LH Ciavattone Deadlift 123.5lbs – 56kgs

Tony Patterson showed off his arm strength again.

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

Barbell Curl – Strict 135lbs – 61.2kgs
RH Vertical Bar – 2″ bar 200lbs – 90.7kgs

Mark Raymond impressed us with his grip strength.

Mark Raymond – 50+ – 110 Kg. Class

LH Vertical Bar – 2″ bar 178lbs – 80.7kgs
RH Vertical Bar – 2″ bar 178lbs – 80.7kgs

David Gago was a rookie and showed he has some impressive strength.

David Gago – 55+ – 70 Kg. Class

Barbell Curl – Strict 95lbs – 43.1kgs
LH Dumbell Cheat Curl 40lbs – 18.1kgs
RH Dumbell Cheat Curl 40lbs – 18.1kgs
Hip Lift 700lbs – 317.5kgs

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

Frank Ciavattone Jr. – 60+ – 125+ Kg. Class

LH Ciavattone Deadlift 243lbs –110.2kgs
RH Ciavattone Deadlift 277.5lbs –125.9kgs

It was a great job by everyone that participated and supported the lifters.

3rd Quarter Postal

By Al Myers

MEET RESULTS – 3rd Quarter Postal Meet

Meet Director: Denny Habecker
Dates: July 1st – September 30th

Lifts: Clean and Press – Alternate Grip, Clean and Jerk – One Arm, Deadlift – Ciavattone Grip

Lifters using the 3-official system:
Dan Wagman – Officials RJ Jackson & Jarrod Fobes
Mark Raymond – Officials Frank Ciavattone & Rocky Morrison
Kimberlyn Lydon – Officials Frank Ciavattone & Rocky Morrison

Lifters using the 1-official system:
Al Myers – Official LaVerne Myers
Eric Todd – Official Denny Habecker
Rocky Morrison – Official Frank Ciavattone
Dean Ross – Official Denny Habecker
LaVerne Myers – Official Al Myers
Lance Foster – Official Eric Todd
Aidan Habecker – Official Denny Habecker
RJ Jackson – Official Jarrod Fobes
Crystal Diggs – Official RJ Jackson

Lifters using a non-certified judge:
Denny Habecker
David Fisher
Lynda Burns


RJ Jackson 54 105 65 55R 190 310 498.3
Kim Lydon 25 150 88 67R 209 364 387.7
Lynda Burns 41 203 65 45L 190 300 270.9
Crystal Diggs 29 164 45 25 45 115 115.7


 Lifter Age BWT C&P C&J DL TOT PTS
Dan Wagman OP 182 191 112L 425 728 685.1
Al Myers 50 227 120 110R 407 637 590.0
Eric Todd 41 259 200 100R 335 665 528.9
Rocky Morrison 54 292 134 76L 380 590 498.9
Denny Habecker 74 189 99 55R 242 396 493.4
Dean Ross 73 253 85 0 295 380 401.4
Mark Raymond 53 237 122 66R 242 430 399.7
LaVerne Myers 72 234 75 45L 242 362 395.3
Lance Foster 50 338 100 45R 295 440 342.3
Aidan Habecker 13 128 44 33R 143 220 323.6
David Fisher 41 218 100 50L 200 350 304.2

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

Art’s Birthday Bash

by John McKean


On probably the most beautiful morning this Fall, we gathered to celebrate Art Montini’s 89th birthday. As it turned out ,we were also celebrating Scotland’s George Dick’s birthday THAT DAY, along with a host of lifters from around the world -we had 22 lifters going for records from the U.S. , Great Britain, Scotland, Finland, Australia, and Kentucky (technically a US state,but we rarely admit it!).

We had a host of new lifters, the youngest and lightest being the very impressive Jackson LaPointe. Jackson displayed amazing form on swings,cleans, and deadlifts, being well coached by his famous “Atomic Athletic” dad, Roger, who also competed. Another whole team of teens came over from Zanesville, Ohio, coached by personable Don Graham, a long time powerlifter. Gees, this clean cut group of guys were strong!But I almost overlooked their 20 year teammate, a young lady who was the typical all-American looking farm girl, easy to mistake as one of the guys’ girlfriend,rather than a lifter! But,dang, she almost outlifted the guys, posting a 405# Anderson squat, and one arm deadlift of 225, at 142 bwt !

Of course Dean Ross was up with the chickens, driving in from Oklahoma, doing his lifts along with other early birds, Art & me, then leaving after an energetic record setting spree to instantly drive cross country back home! Art wanted to celebrate his disrespect for the aging process by giving the finger 5 times, via ring, index, and middle digits hefting record weights.Soon after, Stephen Santangelo, my ole buddy from Kentucky, showed up to do this annual “workout” with me. Stephen is always very creative, and had made his very own,up to specs, “Inch Dumbbell” to perform a few records!

I’d been a bit upset that I hadn’t been able to attend and see some of our truly great foreign All-Rounders at the World’s the week earlier, but apparently Denny Habecker kidnapped them all, locked them in his basement all week, and drove them to Ambridge for the meet!! Of course, Australian iron man, Peter Phillips had already arrived to add class& international flare for the meet, but out of Denny’s vehicle popped Steve and Karen Gardner, George Dick and his lovely wife, along with Finland’s grip superman, Timo Lauttamus and his beautiful girlfriend!Musta been the biggest INTERNATIONAL contest ever sponsored in the Ambridge VFW Barbell Club’s 55 year history!

Scott Schmidt and his lovely, ever smiling wife came over from Cleveland, as did Dennis and Flossy Mitchell, these two wonderful families very rarely missing Art’s birthday festivities, and lifing superbly, as usual. Joining Scott and Denny during their time on the platform was a super strong local lady, Beth Bulebush, a very welcome newcomer who is already excited about lifting in the master’s division at the nearby Vermilion ,Ohio 2017 Nationals. And Bob Geib drove  3 hours from Vermilion just to make a list of LIFTS that ALL our lifters would suggest, and to make th Nationals next year a really BALANCED group of events,for once!

Well, the group of internationals and Art (we’re not even sure he’s from this PLANET!) were so excited about the lifting, that they’ll all jump in Denny’s car Tuesday for a LONG drive and do it all over again at Al’s Gold Cup! Can’t beat the Autumn air for all-round enthusiasm !

Meet Results:

Art’s INTERNATIONAL Birthday Bash
October 16th, 2016
Ambridge VFW Barbell Club
Ambridge, PA

Meet Director: Art Montini

Officials (3-official system used): Steve Gardner, Denny Habecker, Art Montini, Pete Phillips, Scott Schmidt, Dennis Mitchell,John McKean

Lifts: Record Day

Jackson La Pointe   age 9  29K  bwt  Class 30 k ,under 13
right dumbbell swing 20 pounds
Ciavattone deadlift 96 pounds
continental clean 50 #
right dumbbell clean & jerk 25.2
trap bar deadlift 105#

Dennis Mitchell  age 84  148# bwt Class 70K 80+
one hand deadlift left 136 1/4 #
one hand deadlift right  136 1/4#
2 dumbbell press 30#
feet in air bench press 65#

Roger LaPointe age 45 bwt 164# Class 45+, 75K
right dumbbell swing 83#
Fulton bar continental to chest 70K
continental clean&jerk 90K
Fulton bar hack lift 100K
1 hand (r) barbell clean &jerk 88#

Stephen R Santangelo age 64 bwt 164# Class 60+, 75K
Inch dumbbell deadlift -R  113#
Inch dumbbell deadlift -L   101#
Hackenschmidt floor press 185#
Fulton bar bench press 145#
Rectangular Fix 85#

John McKean  age 70 bwt 164 1/4# Class 70+,75K
Thumbless deadlift, alt hands grip 210#  (also for international: thumbless deadlift, hands forward 190#)
Deadlift heels together 250#
Ciavattone deadlift 250#
Fulton bar deadlift 235#
Hackenschmidt Floor press 125#

Art Montini   (stone) age 89  bwt 171# class 85+ ,80K
left ring finger 83# left middle finger 83#
right index finger 38#  right ring finger 83
right middle finger 83#

Don Graham  age 62  bwt 187  class 60+ , 85K
press from rack 160#
Anderson press 185#
Cyr dumbbell press 80#
Left Dumbbell snatch 60#
right hand dumbbell snatch 75#

Denny Habecker age 74 bwt 91K class 70+ ,95K
reverse curl  65#
2 dumbbells cheat curl 90#
Left dumbbell press 50#
right dumbbell press 60#
right dumbbell cheat curl 50#

Timo Lauttamus age 37 bwt 96.5K class 100K(Finland)
straddle lift, little fingers  225#
straddle lift, index fingers 295#
straddle lift ,middle fingers 385#
one hand(L) Ciavattone 294.5#
one hand Fulton deadlift (LEFT HAND) 213#

Peter R Phillips age 62  bwt 104K  class 60+,105K(Australia)
Deadlift, stiff leg 142.5K
Bench Press,225#

Scott Schmidt age 63 bwt 232 #, class 60+ , 110 K
reverse curl 62.5K
jerk behind neck (rack) 70K
2hand vertical bar deadlift (2″bars) 132.5K

Dean Ross age 73 bwt 253# class 70+,115K
2 dumbbells deadlift 220#
right dumbbell deadlift 110#
left dumbbell deadlift 110#
stiff leg deadlift 255#
roman chair bench press 65#

Bob Geib  age 73 bwt 273 class 70+ ,125K
right dumbbell swing 20K
stiff leg deadlift 70K

Beth Bulebush age 48 bwt 283#, class female,45+, 130K
good morning 115#
Fulton bench press 103#
standing press from rack 75#
seated press from rack 80#
pinch grip lift(2 hand) 80#

Steve Gardner age 59 bwt 148.5 K  class 55+, 150 K (England)
left index finger lift 163#
right index finger lift 163#
2″ bar straddle lift 100kg
index fingers Deadlift 90 kilos

Karen Gardner 78.5 kilos and 57yrs
2″ bar Straddle 80 kilos
right hand middle finger lift 37.6 kilos

George Dick 138.4 kilos and 68 yrs
left hand 2″ Vertical 58.5 kilos
right hand 2″ Vertical 58.5 kilos
2×2″ Vertical bars with 127 kilos
right hand middle finger and right hand index finger both with 40 kilos
hand and thigh lift with 195 kilos
one inch Vertical bar lift with 47.8 kilos with both left and right hand

World Championships

by Al Myers

2016 IAWA World Championships

Group picture from the 2016 IAWA World Championships.

Group picture from the 2016 IAWA World Championships.

I just returned from another outstanding IAWA World Championships in Lebanon, PA.  The meet was promoted by Denny and Judy Habecker.  Denny and Judy are VERY experienced meet promotors and like always, promoted a tremendous competition.  They go beyond just putting on a great meet – they provide generous hospitality and treat the lifters like family.

Worlds this year was represented by the USA, England, Scotland, Australia, and Finland.  Year after year the IAWA gets lifters from overseas regardless where the World Championships are held.  Australia was represented by Peter Phillips and Finland by Timo Lauttamus.  Both these guys represented their countries well, with both winning  world championships in their age and bodyweight classes.  Peter placed fifth overall and Timo placed 2nd overall. Timo had a couple of HUGE lifts: a 211 kg 2″ 2″bar vertical bar lift and a 227.5 kg Ciavattone Deadlift.  George Dick represented Scotland, and England was represented by Peter Tryner, Graham Saxton, Steve Gardner, and Karen Gardner.

The overall Womens Champion was Kim Lydon.  She edged out Karen Gardner from England. Karen is an extremely talented and seasoned all-rounder. I have watched Karen lift many times and she appeared to me to lift more weight than anytime I remember. This was Kim’s first time competing in the IAWA World Championships. If Kim keeps involved I expect this will be the first of many Overall Championships for her.

Peter Tryner, of England, being presented the World Championship Belt by meet director Denny Habecker and meet announcer Steve Gardner.

Peter Tryner, of England, being presented the World Championship Belt by meet director Denny Habecker and meet announcer Steve Gardner.

The overall Men’s Champion was Pete Tryner of England.  Pete came in well prepared for this World Championships and lifted superbly.  Pete is a class-act individual – and as well as being a gifted lifter he represents himself well on the platform.  I like to see “good guys” like Pete being crowned as our Overall Best Lifter at Worlds as he will represent the organization well.  For this great accomplishment Pete was awarded the Championship Belt which is a travelling belt that Pete will get to hold for the upcoming year.

A wonderful banquet was held after the World Championships!

A wonderful banquet was held after the World Championships!

There was so much great lifting at this meet that if I was going to go into detail it would be more than anyone would want to read so I will let the below meet results speak for themselves.  After the meet we had a very nice banquet and awards ceremony which gave a nice ending to a great weekend of lifting.


2016 IAWA World Championships
New York Fitness
October 8th and 9th, 2016

Meet Director: Denny and Judy Habecker

Meet Announcers: Steve Gardner and Al Myers

Meet Scorekeepers: Judy Habecker and Rocky Morrison

Meet Loaders: John Horn, Terry Barlet, Barry Bryan, Barry Pensyl, Dean Ross

Meet Officials: George Dick, Graham Saxton, Frank Ciavattone, Scott Schmidt, LaVerne Myers, Denny Habecker, Dennis Mitchell

Lifts: Continental Clean, Pullover and Push, 2 hands 2″ Vertical Bar Lift, Alternate Grip Clean and Press, One Hand Clean and Jerk, Ciavattone Deadlift


Kim Lydon USA 20 69.7 52.5 60 75 40 25L 100 362.5 491.3
Karen Gardner England 57 76.2 45 45 90 27.5 20R 95 322.5 482.2

Extra attempts for record:
Karen Gardner 2″ 2 Bar Vertical Bar Lift 95KG
Karen Gardner RH Clean and Jerk 23KG


Pete Tryner England 44 86.5 127.5 145 170 80 55R 190 767.5 749.9
Timo Lauttamus Finland 37 93.4 110 105 210 70 52.5R 227.5 775 681.4
Al          Myers USA 50 101.8 100 115 150 55 50R 185 655 610.1
Denny Habecker USA 74 87.0 60 95 105 52.5 30R 120 462.5 609.4
Peter Phillips Australia 62 101.5 70 90 120 50 40R 160 530 547.9
Graham Saxton England 54 120.6 90 122.5 120 52.5 50R 157.5 592.5 524.3
LaVerne Myers USA 72 106.5 65 60 150 20 20L 140 455 522.0
Dean Ross USA 73 113.3 60 80 110 40 25R 130 445 501.7
Scott Schmidt USA 63 105.2 70 80 120 55 25R 130 480 490.9
Art Montini USA 88 77.3 30 50 60 15 10R 90 255 430.5
Mark Raymond USA 53 106.5 65 60 145 50 15L 125 460 429.7
George Dick Scotland 67 144.2 57.5 65 115 42.5 30R 150 460 422.5
Aidan Habecker USA 13 58.0 42.5 35 90  22.5 17.5R 75 282.5 420.9
Dennis Mitchell USA 84 66.6 32.5 35 50 12.5 12.5R 80 222.5 394.9
Rocky Morrison USA 54 129.2 45 45 100 45 20L 140 395 338.0
Steve Gardner England 59 167.0 47.5 60 100 30 25R 100 362.5 304.6
Tony Patterson USA 54 79.8 0 0 125 0 0 145 270 298.9
Frank Ciavattone USA 61 135.0 0 0 115 0 0 188 302.5 268.9

Extra attempts for record:
Timo Lauttamus 2″ 2 bar Vertical Lift 211KG
George Dick RH Clean and Jerk 30.5KG
George Dick Ciavattone DL 151KG
Denny Habecker Pullover and Push 96KG
Aidan Habecker 2″ 2 Bar Vertical Bar Lift 95KG
Dennis Mitchell Alternate Grip Clean and Press 15KG

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

Title Results from the 2016 World Championships

Aiden Habecker – Junior 60 k Champion
Kim Lydon – ladies 70 k Champion
Karen Gardner – ladies 80 k Champion
Dennis Mitchell – Masters 80+ 70 k Champion
Art Montini – Masters 85+ 80 k Champion
Denny Habecker – Masters 70+ 90 k Champion
Laverne Myers – Masters 70+ 110 k Champion
Dean Ross -Masters 70+ 115 k Champion
Rocky Morrison – Masters 50+ 125+ Champion
Steve Gardner – Masters 55+ 125+ Champion
Tony Patterson – Masters 50+ 80 k Champion
Peter Tryner – Masters 40+ 85 k Champion
Timo Lauttamus – Open 95 k Champion
Al Myers – Masters 50+ 105 k Champion
Peter Phillips – Masters 60+ 105 k Champion
Scott Schmidt – Masters 60+ 110 k Champion
Mark Raymond – Masters 50+ 110 k Champion
Graham Saxton – Masters 50+ 125 k Champion
Frank Ciavattone – Masters 60+ 125+ Champion
George Dick – Masters 65+ 125+ Champion

Best Lifter Awards
Junior – Aiden Habecker
Female Open – Kim Lydon
Female Master – Karen Gardner
M 40+ – Peter Tryner
M 50+ – Al Myers
M 55+ – Steve Gardner
M 60+ – Peter Phillips
M 65+ – George Dick
M 70+ – Denny Habecker
M 80+ – Dennis Mitchell
M 85+ – Art Montini

Overall Men’s Best Lifter Rankings
1st – Peter Tryner
2nd – Timo Lauttamus
3rd – Al Myers
4th – Denny Habecker
5th – Peter Phillips

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