2017 Yearly Awards

By Al Myers

One of the exciting functions that happens every year at the National Championships is the presentation of the USAWA Annual Awards.  I have been the USAWA Awards Director since the program began in 2009 and started the selection and presentation of the Annual Awards.  These awards are chosen by the membership – with the nomination and voting  for each award done by the USAWA members only.  So truly when you win one of these Yearly Awards it is because your fellow competitors deamed you worthy of it.   All I do is tally the votes.

This is one of my favorite “responsibilities” in the organization. It is gratifying to see my fellow lifters and friends recognized for their accomplishments in the USAWA.  The Yearly Awards presentation coincided with the meet awards following the banquet at the West Park Station, a great restaurant/bar selected by the meet promoters Bob and Scott.  It was a very festive enviroment, and we were allowed to use the microphone that broadcasted over the entire restaurant.  I noticed even others at the restaurant, not involved with the USAWA, clapping for the winners!  I was joined by meet promoter Scott Schmidt in giving out the Yearly Awards.  Now for this YEARS BIG WINNERS!!!!!

2017 USAWA Annual Awards

Newcomer Award– This award goes to an individual who in new to the USAWA or has become involved again. It doesn’t have to go to someone in their first year of being involved in the USAWA.

Runner Up – Mark Raymond

Winner – Kim Lydon

Courage Award – This goes to an individual who shows the courage to overcome an obstacle in order to return to competition. This may be a comeback from an injury, or just having to deal with difficult personal issues but still shows the courage to compete in the USAWA.

Runner Up – Art Montini

Winner – Rocky Morrison

Sportsmanship Award – This goes to an individual who possesses and shows great sportsmanship within the USAWA. The act of sportsmanship may be by conduct at all events, or by a specific example of exceptional sportsmanship.

Runner Up – LaVerne Myers

Winner – Dean Ross

Leadership Award – This is for an individual that has shown exceptional leadership qualities within the USAWA during the past year. Things that should be looked at are: going above the level expected of an Officer position, promoting sanctioned events with emphasis being on promoting National or World Competitions, promoting the USAWA by developing a strong club, writing articles for publications about the USAWA, or through other means.

Runner Up – Denny Habecker

Winner – Frank Ciavattone

Athlete of the Year – This award is for the individual who has accomplished the most athletically within the last year in the USAWA. Top placings at the Nationals and World Championships should figure in high. Also, participation in other Championship Competitions such as the Heavy Lift Championships, the Grip Championships, the Club Championships, the OTSM Championships, the Team Championships, or the National Postal Championships could factor in.  Participation in elite IAWA events such as the Gold Cup should make an influence on earning this award as well.

Runner Up – Eric Todd

Winner – Al Myers

The Club of the Year Award was presented by last year’s Club of the Year, The Dino Gym.

Club of the Year – This is the outstanding club in the USAWA based on meet participation, membership, and promotion of USAWA competitions and events. It is based on points earned throughout the year.

Runner Up – Habecker’s Gym

MEMBERS: Barry Bryan, Aidan Habecker, Denny Habecker, Judy Habecker, William Clark, and Steven Hunt.

Winner – Frank’s Barbell Club

MEMBERS: James Patterson, Tony Patterson, Mark Raymond, Lindsey Beavy, Frankie III Ciavattone, Frank Ciavattone, Jeff Ciavattone, Micheal Driscoll, James Fuller, Jessica Hopps,  Kim Lydon,  Cassie Morrison, James Morrison, and Rocky Morrison.

National Championships

By Scott Schmidt



This information is from Scott A. Schmidt. Al Myers asked me to provide a description of how our 2017 USAWA National Championship Competiton occured.

One Word? FANTASTIC!  I was able to help Bob Geib who asked for this event last year. As always, we had to get a lot of things accomplished to make sure we could have a GREAT EVENT!  When Bob had his first location in Vermilion cancel the event, I helped Bob re-locate our Meet to The West Park YMCA in Cleveland, Ohio. Thank God, every thing got in Beautiful Motion! We had all the equipment we needed at the YMCA to provide a very organized, smooth Meet. Also, we had a Great Location for our Awards Ceremony which was the West Park Station Resturant. They gave us a lot of room and great food. Very fun also to use their michrophone system to give everyone their awards. We got some Cool T-Shirts to detail our National Meet. And our Award Plaque is very Pro looking also.

We had a lot of details to do to accomplish this Wonderful Event. And all the folks who gave us their opinion gave us a Wonderful Congratulation! I am very pleased everything went well.

Al Myers will add the details of the results of all of our lifters to show names, weight class, lifting event, records, totals and place in class. I am sure you will be happy to see all the Great Accomplishments!


2017 USAWA National Championships
West Park YMCA
Cleveland, Ohio
June 24th & 25th, 2017

Meet Director: Bob Geib

Assistant Meet Director: Scott Schmidt

Announcers: Al Myers & John McKean

Scorekeepers: Al Myers & Judy Habecker

Officials (3-official system used): Scott Schmidt, Randy Smith, Denny Habecker, Frank Ciavattone, LaVerne Myers, Dennis Mitchell

Loaders: Aidan Habecker, Franklin, and Ryan

Lifts: DAY 1 Vertical Bar Deadlift – 1Bar 2″ One Hand, Clean and Push Press, Bentover Row, Deadlift – 2 Dumbbells DAY 2 Clean and Jerk – One Arm, Pullover and Push, Jefferson Lift


Susan Sees 54 242 30L 30 45 70 0 0 50 225 208.7
Kathy Schmidt 59 187 0 20 35 45 7.5R 17.5 45 170 189.3


Kathy Schmidt  Clean and Push Press 27.5K
Kathy Schmidt Bentover Row 40K
Kathy Schmidt Dumbbell DL 55K
Kathy Schmidt Jefferson Lift 50K


Al Myers 50 230 70R 70 150 200 50R  140 200 880 808.9
Randy Smith 62 194 80R 75 95 150 41R 95 152.5 689 769.9
Chris Waterman 63 145 60L 50 67.5 120 25R 80 130 533 719.9
Cody Lokken 22 169 72.5R 90 95 160 45R 100 155 718 707.6
Denny Habecker 74 194 47.5R 55 90 125 27.5R 92.5 120 558 684.2
John McKean 71 154 55R 10 70 120 10R 40 120 425 587.4
Roger LaPointe 46 161 52.5R 65 80 120 37.5R 45 135 535 582.3
Scott Schmidt 64 232 65R 65 100 125 27.5R 75 105 563 579.6
LaVerne Myers 73 240 80R 35 75 120 20L 55 120 505 548.2
Brandon Rein 22 153 50R 57.5 60 120 37.5R 55 130 510 536.5
Jackson LaPointe 10 66 20R 12.5 22.5 50 10R 12.5 55 183 536.4
Cale Dunlap 22 161 57.5R 55 60 120 35R 60 125 513 521.3
Aidan Habecker 13 140 58R 30 35 90 22.5R 0 101 337 469.5
Art Montini 89 165 30R 20 35 70 10R 42.5 75 283 424.1
Dennis Mitchell 85 144 30L 10 35 70 7.5L  25 70 248 395.6
Tim Moore 37 291 72.5R 105 155 170 0 0 0 503 370.1
Peeter Pirn 53 200 72.5R 52.5 95 105 0 0 0 325 330.9
Bob Geib 74 256 45L 25 45 70 0 0 60 245 258.2
Frank Ciavattone 62 310 50L 0 0 0 0 0 0 50 43.9


Jackson Lapointe  VB DL 2″R 25K
Aidan Habecker VB DL 2″ R 60K
John McKean VB DL 2″ R 60K
Jackson LaPointe Clean and Push Press 14K
John McKean Bentover Row 75K
Cody Lokken Bentover Row 101K
Roger LaPointe Bentover Row 101K

Notes: BWT is bodyweight in pounds.  All lifts 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 corrections.  All lifters weighed in on DAY 2 in the same class as DAY 1.

Womens Master – Susan Sees
Womens Overall – Susan Sees
Mens Senior – Cody Lokken
Mens Master 45-49 – Roger LaPointe
Mens Master 50-54 – Al Myers
Mens Master 60-64 – Randy Smith
Mens Master 70-74 – Denny Habecker
Mens Master 85- 89 – Art Montini
Mens Master Overall – Al Myers
Mens Overall – Al Myers
Club Runner Up – Schmidt Barbell Club (2287.6 pts)
(Scott Schmidt, Kathy Schmidt, Bob Geib, Susan Sees, Chris Waterman, Peeter Pirn)
Club Overall – Dino Gym (3122.5 pts)
(Al Myers, LaVerne Myers, Cody Lokken, Brandon Rein, Cale Dunlap)

Gold Cup

By Al Myers



The 2017 IAWA Gold Cup will be held in Glasgow, Scotland on November 4th, 2017.  Joint promoters of this important IAWA competition are Mathew Finkle and Andrew Tomlin.  Both these guys are veterans of promoting meets and have promoted excellent Gold Cups in the past.  I assure anyone going this will be an outstanding event.

It will be a little different this year in Glasgow as the event venue will be different than before.  This year the Gold Cup will be at the Croftfoot Scout Hall.  Matt and Andy have already made plans for a banquet after the meet, held at the Ivory Hotel.


ENTRY FORM (WORD) – IAWA Gold Cup 2017 entry form

ENTRY FORM (PDF) – IAWA Gold Cup 2017 entry form

OTSM Championships

By Eric Todd


2017 Old Time Strongman Championships


ET’s House of Iron and Stone
10978  SW Pueblo Dr
Turney, MO 64493

When:           September 9, 2017

Weigh ins:      9:30

Rules:          10:00

Meet Starts:   10:30


Hackenschmidt Floor Press
Thor’s Hammer
Dumbbell to Shoulder
Kennedy Lift

Exhibition of new lift following the meet. We will test out the new lift, the Lurich Lift as proposed by KCSTRONGMAN member Lance Foster.

Entry Fee:     $25.  Checks payable to Eric Todd.  Entry and check can be sent to me at the above address.

Entry Deadline: August 26, 2017. Please be prompt in entering, as it helps me plan accordingly for the best possible meet

Awards:         There will be awards for this meet

I hope a good number of you make plans to come out for this meet. It should be a great day of lifting.



Georg Lurich and the Lurich Lift

By Eric Todd

Georg Lurich

Georg Lurich

One of the things I find the most fascinating about the strong men of old is that they were much more true all-rounders than those of modern physical culture. It is what has inspired me to pursue many different types of strength sports.  I grew up reading about many of them in Wrestling Physical Conditioning Encyclopedia by John Jesse, which I purchased for $10 (a huge sum of money to me at the time) when I was around 10 or 11.  This book was primarily about lifting and conditioning, but in each chapter, it highlighted a wrestler or two from the days of old.  These guys were not only great wrestlers, but they were the strongmen of their times (many excelled at many of the lifts that we do in the USAWA today), and they had the physiques of bodybuilders.

One of the wrestlers mentioned in Jesse’s book was World Champion wrestler, the Russian Lion, George Hackenschmidt. Many of you have probably heard the name.  We do some lifts that are named for the man, such as the Hack Lift and the Hackenschmidt Floor Press, as well as others that he perfected, such as the pullover and press and the pullover and push.  Hackenschmidt said “Wrestlers need a particular kind of strength.  They require all-round development, such is sadly neglected in many departments, the neck for instance.” (Jesse, 1974).  This is clearly demonstrated in his wrestler’s bridge pullover and press, which is present on the USAWA list of lifts.  He was able to pullover 311 pounds while in the bridge position, and press it for 2 repetitions (Gentle, 2017).  Hackenschmidt  is probably most famous for his catch as catch can wrestling bouts with Frank Gotch, who was from a farm near Humbolt, Iowa.

However, this article is not about the Russian Lion. It is about his lesser known mentor, Georg Lurich from Estonia, who was a fantastic wrestler and all round lifter just like Hackenschmidt.  Lurich was born George Luri on 22 April 1876 in a village in Estonia named Vike-Maarja.  George’s family joined a church that was primarily Baltic German.  Since they believed this church provided the family’s children with more opportunity in education, they changed their name to the German “Lurich”(George Lurich 2017).  Though physically weak as a lad, upon attending Tallin, a prestigious secondary school, Lurich dedicated himself to increasing his strength to improve his health (Katzer).

In 1895, Lurich moved to Russia. There he met who would become his coach, Dr. Wladyslaw Krajewski (Christopher 2013). It was at this time he became proficient in both weightlifting and wrestling. Though he was not Estonia’s first weightlifting and wrestling champion, we was their most famous, both due to his success on the mat and in the gym and his showmanship and promotion.  When he returned to Estonia, he did so a star. Not only was Lurich known as a sensation in athletics, but he is credited with a instilling a national pride in the Estonians which led them to move toward independence from tsarist Russia (George Lurich 2017).

Lurich is credited with a number of weightlifting records in his time. It is said that he completed a one arm jerk of 267 pounds and a clean and jerk of 344 pounds (Wood 2012).  He is credited with a pullover and push of 201.5 kilos, which is in the neighborhood of 444 pounds (Myers, 2010).  Tragically, Georg died prematurely from Typhoid fever on January 20, 1920.  He was 43 years old, a mere year older that your young, young author.  Lurich’s legacy lived on however.  One way is through the legends and folktales about him that Estonians continued to tell.  Another way is through the young champion, George Hackenschmidt, that Lurich began teaching and mentoring when Hackenschmidt was but 18 years old.  Hackenschmidt went on to be one of the winningest wresters and weightlifters in printed history.

In the 2017 USAWA Old Time strongman championship that I will be hosting, we are contesting as an exhibition lift called the “Lurich Lift”, which was proposed by my confederate Lance Foster. This is a partial Hack lift written with Old Time strongman style rules. Since Lurich was Hackenschmidt’s teacher, Lance felt it was an appropriate tribute to a great champion and true all-rounder.  I do concur.  Below are the rules we will be using for the lift in September.  IF the lift  works according to these rules and we feel it is a good lift that goes along with the USAWA Old time strongman philosophy, we will propose it to the executive board.


Lurich Lift: This is a partial Hack Lift, where the bar height must not be over 18” from the platform (measured to the bottom of the bar). The plates or bar may be supported on stands, rack supports, or blocks to obtain this height. The lifter must have the bar behind the legs, as defined by the rules of the Hack Lift. The hands must be on the outside of the legs (NO SUMO STANCE) during the entire lift. Lifting straps or any other gripping aid is not allowed, but any grip may be used. It is NOT an infraction to drag the bar up the legs. The bar may touch the calves and the rear of the upper legs as it rises. Should it bind against the upper legs, the bar may be stopped momentarily or lowered while a hip adjustment is made. A one minute time limit is allowed for the lifter to make a legal lift, during which time a lifter may make multiple tries. Once the lifter is totally upright and the bar motionless, an official will give the command to end the lift.



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