Middle Atlantic Postal Meet
by Al Myers
The “second quarter” USAWA Postal Meet has just been compiled. The date of completion was the end of the month of June. Nine lifters took part – 8 men and 1 woman. It was a great selection of all round lifts contested – press from rack, reverse grip curl, and the hack lift.
The big winners of the 2013 Middle Atlantic Postal Meet were Dan Wagman (men) and Ruth Jackson (women). Congratulations to both of these two!
I just want to make a couple of comments requiring postal meets. First, postal meets require lifters to be truthful in their submissions as well as knowledgeable of the current rules for each lift contested. In this meet the Curl – Reverse Grip was contested. The USAWA has two curl lifts that use the Reverse Grip – this lift as well as the Curl – Cheat, Reverse Grip. The difference being the Curl – Reverse Grip is done using the rules of the Rectangular Fix while the Curl – Cheat, Reverse Grip uses the rule of the Cheat Curl. That’s a big difference, as much more weight is able to be lifted using the rules of the Cheat Curl. I don’t want to “point fingers” here – but there seemed to be some big weights lifted in this lift in this meet for using the rules of the Rectangular Fix. Chad did 132 pounds in the Curl – Reverse Grip at the World Championships last fall, and that currently stands as the top Curl – Reverse Grip poundage in the USAWA Record Book. Five lifters lifted more than Chad did in this meet (hic, hic…. I call BS). It is a lifters responsibility in a postal meet to read the rule of the lift from the USAWA Rulebook before performing the lift in a postal meet, as it is unfair to the other lifters who are “doing things right”. And as a reminder – the USAWA Rulebook is FREE OF CHARGE to download from this website!!
I also received a note from Postal Meet Director John Wilmot when he sent me the results. He singled out one particular lifter (who I won’t name here) who seems to have problems with his literary neatness in penmanship. As John put it, “his writing is small and blurred”. This has happened on multiple occasions now for this unnamed lifter, and makes compiling these postal meet results more complicated for John if he can’t read a lifters handwriting. I am somewhat sympathetic to this writing deficiency, as I have the same problem. It seems to be a common affliction amongst those that spend way too many years in College (hint hint as to this lifters identity) that their handwriting degrades to the point of being unreadable (I blame it on taking class notes at a rapid pace, which I use as my excuse!).
It is also important to make sure you indicate if your results are turned in in pounds or kilograms. It is obvious to me that one lifter in this meet turned his lifts into John in kilograms and they got recorded in the official meet results as pounds. That is a “meet killer” for anyone.
I apologize for being so critical in this meet report. But the future of our postal meets depend on lifters being knowledgeable of the USAWA Rulebook, being truthful in their turned in meet results, and submitting result sheets that are properly filled out.
2013 Middle Atlantic Postal Meet
June 30th, 2013
Meet Director: John Wilmot
Lifter using the 3-official system:
Bill Crozier – Certified Officials Jim Malloy, Scott Schmidt
Lifters using the 1-Official System:
Denny Habecker – Certified Official Judy Habecker
Lifters using non-certified judges:
Ruth Jackson – Judge Dan Wagman
Dan Wagman – Judge Ruth Jackson
Les Cramer – Judge Monica Cook
Samuel Rogers – Judge Orie Barnett, Judge Aaron Hougland
Orie Barnett – Judge Sam Rogers, Judge Aaron Hougland
John Wilmot – Judge Kay Wilmot
Aaron Hougland – Judge Orie Barnett, Judge Sam Rogers
Lifts contested: Press – From Rack, Curl – Reverse Grip, Hack Lift
NOTES: AGE is age in years. BWT is bodyweight in pounds. All results recorded in pounds. PTS are adjusted points for age and bodyweight.