Team Championships

by Al Myers


The date for the USAWA Team Championships has been set – September 3rd.  I started promoting the Team Championships in 2007, which features “team lifting”, a combination of 2 lifters on a bar lifting the weight together. This makes for a very exciting event as the 2 lifters must be in coordination with each other to make a successful lift!


Meet Director: Al Myers

Meet Date: Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Meet Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Dino Gym, 1126 Eden Road, Abilene, KS 67410

Sanction: USAWA Membership required

Weigh-Ins: Noon the day of the meet

Divisions: 2-Man, 2-Person (man & woman), and 2-Women

Entry Fee: None


Hackenschmidt Floor Press

Deadlift – Fulton Bar, One Arm

Deadlift – Stiff Legged

Registration:  There is no entry form or entry deadline, but please let me know ahead of time if you plan to attend so I can make the proper preparations. I can be reached at

Frank’s BBC Record Breaker

by Al Myers


Frank Ciavattone, owner and Club President of Frank’s Barbell Club, has sanctioned a record day at his gym on August 15th, 2016.  Most  lifts can be contested for USAWA/IAWA records, but to be sure I recommend you contact Frank beforehand.  Below is the contact information for Frank:

Frank’s Barbell Club
204 East Street
East Walpole, MA 02032
Phone: (508)-668-5200

There is no entry form for this record day. Contact Frank directly for further details.

2nd Quarter Postal

by Al Myers

2nd Quarter USAWA Postal Meet

Meet results:
2nd Quarter Postal Meet
Dates: April 1st – June 30th

Meet Director: Denny Habecker

Lifts: Clean and Press – On Knees, Strict Curl, Deadlift – No Thumbs

Dan Wagman – Certified Official RJ Jackson
LaVerne Myers – Certified Official Al Myers
Dean Ross – Certified Official Denny Habecker
Aidan Habecker – Certified Official Denny Habecker
Al Myers – Certified Official LaVerne Myers
RJ Jackson – Certified Official Jarrod Fobes
Tressa Brooner – Certified Official Mary McConnaughey

Denny Habecker and Mary McConnaughey used officials that were not certified.


Lifter Age BWT Press Curl DL TOT PTS
RJ Jackson 54 106 60 57 195 312 479.8
Tressa Brooner 54 132 75 65 185 325 435.5
Mary McConnaughey 56 304 65 75 185 325 274.3


Lifter Age BWT Press Curl DL TOT PTS
Dan Wagman OPEN 180 191 126 505 822 786.4
LaVerne Myers 72 236 100 101 242 443 481.7
Dean Ross 73 255 88 66 220 374 394.7
Aidan Habecker 12 122 50 39 127 216 355.1
Denny Habecker 73 188 50 66 154 270 335.1
Al Myers 49 230 111 111 101.2

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

In Howard’s Memory

by Al Myers

Bob Geib (left) presenting the Howard Prechtel Memorial Plaque to Nationals meet promoter Frank Ciavattone (right).

Bob Geib (left) presenting the Howard Prechtel Memorial Plaque to Nationals meet promoter Frank Ciavattone (right).

One of the touching moments of our USAWA Nationals Championships in Boston was when Bob Geib presented Frank Ciavattone and the USAWA the beautiful plaque that he had made years ago to honor the memory of his friend and mentor Howard Prechtel. Bob gives Howard all the credit for his involvement in weightlifting and the USAWA.  After Howard’s death Bob had this special tribute plaque made which he carried with him at all times to USAWA events.  He always found a prominent place to display it during the competitions. It has a picture of Howard engraved on it, so it always felt to me that Howard was watching over us while we lifted.  I know this plaque had special sentimental value to Bob and this had to be a hard decision turning it over to the organization. But as Bob said as he presented the plaque, “I feel I should be sharing this plaque and Howard’s legacy with the USAWA and not keeping it all to myself.”  I promise that we will keep it in safe hands, and that it will always be part of the USAWA competitions.

Annual Award Winners

by Al Myers

Every year since 2009, the USAWA gives out awards to selected members of the USAWA for outstanding recognition.  These awards are part of the USAWA Awards Program, funded by the organization.  These awards are nominated and voted on by the membership. As with our tradition, these special awards are awarded during our National Championships, right after the meet.

The award winners for the last year:


Winner – Emily Burchett

Runner Up – Matt Hancock


Winner – Denny Habecker

Runner Up – Chad Ullom


Winner – Frank Ciavattone

Runner Up – Art Montini


Winner – Al Myers

Runner Up – Denny Habecker


Winner – Denny Habecker

Runner Up – Dean Ross


Winner – Dino Gym

Runner Up – Habecker’s Gym

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