Category Archives: USAWA Meet Results

World Postal Championships

by Steve Gardner

2015 WORLD POSTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – THE ANDY GODDARD MEMORIAL

Well done to all who took part: especially to top team Winners ‘Burton Powerhouse 1′ who retained their title form 2014, ahead of a close challenge from Leicesters ‘Granby Grippers’ and Eastbournes ‘Meta Men’ in third. Individual Champion: Steve Sherwood took the title from Mark Haydock in Second and Pete Tryner in Third…..Super lifting, Super Results…and again Well Done to all who took part and supported the event! Results came in from Scotland, Wales, USA, England, Australia and Ireland!

MEET RESULTS (PDF) – 2015_Andy_Goddard_Memorial

Club Championships

by Dave Glasgow

Group picture of the lifters at the 2015 USAWA Club Championships.

Group picture of the lifters at the 2015 USAWA Club Championships.

ON A PERFECT DAY FOR LIFTING, THREE CLUBS OF LIFTERS CAME TO THE DEN OF THE LEDAIG HEAVY ATHLETICS FOR THIS YEARS VERSION OF THE USAWA CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS.  I WAS GRATIFIED AT THE SHOWING BUT IT WAS ESPECIALLY GOOD TO SEE JUDY AND DENNY HABECKER MAKE THE TREK FROM PENNSYVANIA.

KICKING THINGS OFF WAS THE 2” VERTICLE BAR, ONE HAND.  THERE WERE SOME FINE LIFTS BY ALL BUT THE STAND OUT OF THE DAY WAS FROM THE VENERABLE LAVERNE MYERS.  THOSE BIG FARMERS HANDS HAVE SERVED HIM WELL OVER HIS LIFE AND IT WAS NO DIFFERENT HERE AS HE HOISTED 182 IN THE RIGHT HAND.  THAT IS A HUGE LIFT FROM ANYONE, REGARDLESS OF AGE.

ONE OF MY FAVORITE LIFTS IS THE ONE HAND SNATCH.  FOR THIS MEET, THERE WAS A LITTLE TWIST AS YOU HAD TO PERFORM THE LIFT WITH YOUR NON-DOMINATE HAND.  AGAIN, THERE WAS FINE LIFTING BY ALL AND THE JUDGING WAS STRICT.  NOT AS STRICT AS MIKE MURDOCK WOULD HAVE DONE, BUT STILL, VERY STRICT.  FOR MY MONEY, THE BEST ALL-ROUND LIFTER IN THE USAWA TODAY IS THE OLE WAR HORSE, CHAD ULLOM.  HE PROVED THIS BY THROWING UP A VERY CREDITABLE 125# LEFT HAND SNATCH.  NOT FAR BEHIND WAS DOUG KREESLY, WHO HAD NEVER DONE THIS LIFT BEFORE.  BEING MORE ATTUNED TO THE POWER LIFTS, HE ADJUSTED QUICKLY AND CERTAINLY MADE A GOOD SHOWING FOR HIMSELF.

WITH VERY LITTLE BREAK IN THE ACTION, WE MOVED TO THE PUSH PRESS OUT OF THE RACK.  AS THIS WAS MORE IN DOUG KRESSLYS WHEEL HOUSE, HE PUT UP A STRONG 225 AND WAS NOT QUITE ABLE TO MUSCLE UP A 240 ATTEMPT.  NOT TO BE IGNORED WERE THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE KREESLY CLAN THAT SHOWED UP.  JERA PUT UP A FINE 155 PP AND WITH SOME WORK COULD EASILY GO 180.  MORE ON HER LATER.

DRAVON KRESSLY DOES’NT SAY MUCH.  HE LETS HIS LIFTING TALK FOR HIM.  COMING IN AT 137 POUNDS, THIS JUNIOR HIGH LINEBACKER ALMOST PP’d HIS WEIGHT!  I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT NONE OF THE KREESLYS HAD PRACTICED THESE LIFTS PRIOR SO I BELIEVE THIS TO BE A HUGE LIFT!  WELL DONE, LAD!  GOOD ON YA!  LOOK FOR MUCH MORE FROM THIS KID.  COULD HE BE THE NEXT ‘CHAD ULLOM’?  TIME WILL TELL!

JERA KRESSLY IS ONE FINE LOOKING, STRONG AND INTELLIGENT WOMAN.  HER LIFTING PROVED TWO OF THOSE ATTRIBUTES.  LIFTING WELL WITHIN HER ABILITIES, THIS FORMER ‘KANSAS’ STRONGEST WOMAN’ DID’NT MISS A LIFT AND DID MORE THAN HER SHARE TO FURTHER THE EFFORTS OF THE LEDAIG CLUB.

COMING DOWN TO THE 2 BARS DEADLIFT, THE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP COULD HAVE GONE EITHER WAY.  HOWEVER, DUE TO SOME POOR COACHING DECISIONS ON THE PART OF THE LEDAIG MANAGER, THE DINO GYM WOULD PREVAIL FOR THIS YEAR.  AGAIN, CHAD ULLOM CARRIED THE DAY WITH A VERY IMPRESSIVE 560.  BUT WAIT, HOW ABOUT THAT DRAVON KID.  AFTER A FINE 270 TO END HIS DAY OF COMPETITION, HE WENT OUTSIDE COMPETITION TO PULL AN OUTSTANDING 310!  MAN!!

IN CLOSING, I WOULD BE REMISS TO NOT MENTION TWO OF THE STALWARTS OF THE USAWA.  DENNY HABECKER AND DEAN ROSS TRAVEL ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO LIFT IN THE USAWA.  YOU WILL NOT FIND ANY MORE CONSISTANT LIFTERS THAN THESE TWO.  AS FOR INDIDVUAL RECORDS, WELL, THEY BOTH TOOK EXTRA LIFTS TO SECURE NEW HEIGHTS FOR THOSE FOLLOWING TO ACHIEVE.  DENNY WITH A FINE 330# 2 HAND DL AND DEAN NOT FAR BEHIND WITH A 320#.  EXCELLENT LIFTING, GENTLEMEN!

THANKS TO ALL FOR COMING TO THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE TO COMPETE.  I PLAN TO HAVE THE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR YEARS TO COME!  YOU PLAN TO BE THERE, ‘YA HEAR??  WHY?!  ‘CAUSE I SAID SO!!

MEET RESULTS:

2015 Club Championships
Ledaig Heavy Athletics
Rainbow Bend, KS
August 29th, 2015

Meet Director: Dave Glasgow

Official (1-official system used): Dave Glasgow

Scorekeeper: Al Myers

Lifts: Vertical Bar Deadlift – 2″, 1 Bar, 1 Hand, Snatch – Dumbbell, 1 Arm (non-dominate hand), Push Press – Rack, Deadlift – 2 Bars

1.  Dino Gym – 2061.72 points

 LIFTER  AGE  BWT  VB-2″  Snatch  P Press 2-bar DL
 LaVerne Myers  71  240  182 R  45 R  100  290
 Dean Ross  72  253  132 R  60 L  125  270
 Chad Ullom  43  252  192 R  125 L  80  560

2. Ledaig Heavy Athletics – 1733.39 points

 LIFTER  AGE BWT  VB-2″  Snatch  P Press 2-bar DL
 Draven Kressly  14  137  127 R  55 L  130  270
 Jera Kressly  30  220  137 R  60 L  155  310
 Doug Kressly  35  248  152 R  100 L  225  0

3. Habecker’s Gym – 758.11 points

 LIFTER  AGE  BWT VB-2″  Snatch  P Press 2-bar DL
 Denny Habecker  72  194  122 L  45 L  150  310

NOTES:  AGE is in years. BWT is bodyweight in pounds. R and L designate right and left hands.  Lifts recorded in pounds. Points are adjusted for age and bodyweight correction.

EXTRA ATTEMPTS FOR RECORD:

Denny Habecker: 2-Bar Deadlift 330#
Dean Ross: 2-Bar Deadlift 320#
Draven Kressly: 2-Bar Deadlift 310#
Jera Kressly: Push Press – From Rack 160#

 

Team Championships

by Al Myers

 

Group picture from the 2015 USAWA Team Championships.

Group picture from the 2015 USAWA Team Championships.

The USAWA weekend of the “Kansas Double Header” concluded Sunday at the Dino Gym with the USAWA Team Championships.  Many of the lifters that competed were at Rainbow Bend the day before for the Club Championships.  This made for a very fun and exciting weekend with the opportunity for lifters to compete in TWO CHAMPIONSHIPS over the course of one weekend!

I was very excited to see 6 teams entered this year – the most there has ever been in the Team Championships.  Of these 6 teams 3 were Mixed Pair teams, consisting a man and woman lifting together.  Doug and Jera took the overall victory with great lifting in all the lifts. The effort they gave on the last lift (Continental to Belt) earned them the “effort award” in my book.  I’m sure those in attendance would agree!  It was a joy to see Mary Mac and her lifters show up right at the last minute (as the rules meeting was just starting!).  Mary and her Heartland club are back busy with the USAWA again, and I’m so glad to see it.  They bring enthusiam to every competition! Plus our Prez Denny was without a lifting partner as well as Mary so they teamed up.  For never lifting before together in team lifting they did outstanding.

Two Junior lifters (Draven Kressly and Austin Brewer) made quite a good showing for their first try at team lifting.  These two young men have outstanding lifting talent, and performed these difficult team lifts very well.  LaVerne and Dean again “joined forces” in the Team Champs and put up great lifts.  I know both of these guys had to be a little sore from lifting the day before at the Club Champs, but they gave it their all and finished the meet as strong as they started.

I want to thank everyone who participated in these USAWA weekend events – as this will be one of the highlight weekends of the year in the USAWA.

MEET RESULTS:

2015 USAWA Team Championships
Dino Gym
Abilene, KS
August 30th, 2015

Meet Director: Al Myers

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

Scorekeeper: Al Myers

Lifts: Curl-Cheat, Clean and Press-Fulton Bar, Deadlift-Ciavattone Grip, Continental to Belt

MIXED PAIR

 Team AGE BWT Curl C&P DL-CG Con Total Points

Jera Kressly

Doug Kressly

30

35

220

249

105

(115)

130 295

230

(250)

760 604.1

Tressa Brooner

Christian Schimpf

54

16

130

153

75 75

160

(175)

120 430 452.4

Mary McConnaughey

Denny Habecker

55

72

301

191

85

65

(75)

190

(210)

160 500 420.3

2-MAN

 Team  AGE  BWT Curl C&P  DL-CG  Con  Total Points

Al Myers

Chad Ullom

49

43

229

252

 155  130  375 250  910 747.7

Draven Kressly

Austin Brewer

14

15

137

131

 90

(100)

 75

(85)

 230

 140

(150)

 535  697.6

LaVerne Myers

Dean Ross

71

72

238

255

 105  80  250  175 610 632.5

NOTES:  Age is age in years. BWT is bodyweight in pounds. All lifts recorded in kilograms. Total is total kilograms lifted. Points are adjusted points corrected for age and bodyweight. Successful extra record attempts in parenthesis.

RECORD DAY ATTEMPTS:

Christian Schimpf: Bear Hug 200#
Austin Brewer: Bench Press – Feet in Air 150#
Draven Kressly: Bench Press – Feet in Air 150#

 

Presidential Cup

by Al Myers

MEET REPORT & RESULTS
2015 PRESIDENTIAL CUP

Group picture from the 2015 Presidential Cup (left to right): Art Montini, Al Myers, Dean Ross, and Denny Habecker

Group picture from the 2015 Presidential Cup (left to right): Art Montini, Al Myers, Dean Ross, and Denny Habecker

For the fourth year annually, our USAWA President Denny Habecker has held the USAWA Presidential Cup.  This Championship Event recognizes the “best of the best” amongst record days.  It IS the championship record day in the USAWA – much like the Gold Cup is the Championship Record Day in the IAWA. Every year our Prez picks a lift and lifter for the winner of the Presidential Cup.  This is based on what impresses him the most – that is the criteria for being awarded the Presidential Cup.

This year 4 experienced USAWA members took on the challenge.  It was interesting to me that these four lifters (Denny, Art, Dean, and myself) are also TOP TEN members of the Century Club, which shows that all of us have competed in the USAWA quite some time now!  Each of us took turns with our lifts on the platform. Art continues to amaze me.  He did a 26# Abdominal Raise – which would be a very difficult lift for anyone.  I thought that could be the Presidential Cup Lift that might win.  As it turns out that was the only record lift Art did.  When we had time for additional record lifts Art couldn’t decide on another lift to do as he has ALL the records in his age/bodyweight class in the record list and Art doesn’t like to break his own records!

Dean Ross made the trip to Pennsylvania again this summer (Nationals in York was the other).  Dean picked the One Arm Zercher, which is a very difficult lift to perform. He lifted an impressive 160 pounds!  As it turns out – THAT was the lift to win him the Presidential Cup!  Well deserving I must say.

This was a great competition.  I want to thank Denny and Judy for being such great hosts.  We are very fortunate to have Denny as our President and Judy as the “first lady” in the USAWA. They work tirelessly to keep things going, and give back SO MUCH to the organization.

(Tomorrow I’ll give a report on the history of the Presidential Cup and a listing of all past winners. )

Meet Results:

Presidential Cup
Habecker’s Gym
Lebanon, PA
August 22nd, 2015

Meet Director: Denny Habecker

Official’s (3-official System Used): Denny Habecker, Al Myers, Art Montini

Al Myers – 48 years old, 228# BWT
Vertical Bar Deadlift – 2″, 1 Bar, Right Hand: 193#
Vertical Bar Deadlift – 2″, 1 Bar, Left Hand: 193#
Deadlift – Fulton Bar, Right Arm: 171#
Deadlift – Fulton Bar, Left Arm: 171#
Deadlift – Fulton Bar, Ciavattone Grip: 303#
Deadlift – One Leg, Right: 242#

Dean Ross – 72 years old, 253# BWT
Zercher – One Arm, Left: 143#
Zercher – One Arm, Right: 160#
Ziegler Clean: 93#
Swing – One Arm, Right: 55#
Swing – One Arm, Left: 45#

Denny Habecker – 72 years old, 189# BWT
Pullover – Straight Arm: 60#

Art Montini – 87 years old, 173# BWT
Abdominal Raise: 26#

2nd Quarter Postal Meet

by Al Myers

2015 USAWA 2nd Quarter Postal Meet

The results of the USAWA 2nd Quarter Postal Meet are IN!  It appeared to have very good participation considering this is usually are “down postal meet” because of the Nationals being at the same time. I noticed a couple of newcomers to our postal meets – Daryl Jackson and Aidan Habecker. That’s always great to see. Welcome to the USAWA Postal Series.

Congrats goes to Women’s Overall Champ Ruth Jackson and Men’s Overall Champ Barry Bryan.  I noticed Barry edged out fellow Habecker’s Gym training mate Denny Habecker. These two have quite the competition rivalry going as Denny edged Barry out by a very narrow point margin at Nationals.

MEET RESULTS:

2nd Quarter USAWA Postal Meet
June 1-30, 2015

Meet Director: Denny Habecker

Lifts: Clean and Seated Press – 2 Dumbbells, Bentover Row, Rectangular Fix

Lifters with one certified USAWA Official:
Barry Bryan – Official Denny Habecker
Denny Habecker – Official Barry Bryan
Dean Ross – Official Al Myers
Daryl Jackson – Official Ruth Jackson
Ruth Jackson – Official Jarrod Fobes
Aidan Habecker – Officials Denny Habecker & Barry Bryan
Crystal Diggs – Official Jackson

* The other participants used judges that were not USAWA Certified Officials

WOMEN’S DIVISION

 LIFTER  AGE  BWT  PRESS  ROW  FIX TOT PTS
Ruth Jackson 53 106 60 105 40 205 324.2
Tressa Brooner 53 130 60 90 50 200 267.9
Mary McConnaughey 53 304 55 145 60 255 213.5
Crystal Diggs 28 154 40 90 50 180 188.1

MEN’S DIVISION

 LIFTER  AGE  BWT PRESS ROW FIX  TOT PTS
Barry Bryan 57 196 120 220 88 428 456.5
Denny Habecker 72 187 90 198 72 360 444.7
Chad Ullom 43 258 60 315 105 480 389.9
Dean Ross 72 253 80 185 75 340 356.8
Daryl Jackson 25 143 100 127 75 302 332.4
Aidan Habecker 11 111 30 72 25 127 225.5
Christian Schimpf 16 150 90 60 150 175.2

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

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