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More on the Century Club

by Al Myers

After updating the Century Club this week I want to reflect on it some.  The Century Club is the elite club of record holders in the USAWA – for those who hold over 100 USAWA Records. I started this several years ago to showcase the super lifting talent in our organization.

I get very excited when the Century Club gets a new member, like this time with the addition of Susan Sees.  As you look down the list you see a line up of current USAWA Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers. Some of the lifters competed many years before while some are still very active lifters today. A handful have competed during the entire reign of the USAWA  – lifters like Denny Habecker, Art Montini, Frank Ciavattone, Joe Garcia, John McKean, Bill Clark, and Dennis Mitchell.

I keep a list of their numbers from the previous count so you can tell who is currently the most active.  These lifters have increased their record count the most since the previous count:

1. Dean Ross +28
2. Frank Ciavattone +12
3. LaVerne Myers +9
4. Bill Clark +8
5.  Al Myers +7

Dean Ross has been on “feeding frenzy” these past couple of years setting and breaking new USAWA records. Every list he jumps a lifter or two. He now sits in the number 6th spot.  Dean has accomplished this by competing EVERYWHERE and OFTEN across the country at practically every USAWA event.  If you don’t know Dean Ross and you’re in the USAWA you must be hiding under a rock.

Our Prez Denny Habecker still leads the list with 542 USAWA Records. He has a commanding lead and is the only lifter over 500.  At one time I thought 500 records was unrealistic for anyone to reach. But again – Denny has always been extremely active in the USAWA, and the more competitions you attend the more record opportunities you get.  Who knows – Denny may reach 1000 before he’s done!

A few superstars of the past stay constant in their numbers.  Anyone who break’s a Bob Hirsh, John Monk, Chris Waterman, or a Ed Schock record is really accomplishing something. Those guys set their records high.

Now who’s gonna be next to make the Century Club? I have always been pretty good at predicting this. There are several lifter’s getting pretty close.  My bet is on Dave Glasgow (now at 96) and Jeff Ciavattone (at 86) to be the first to get there.  An outside bet would go to Joe Ciavattone Jr. (at 82) and Eric Todd (at 83). Two lifters who have reemerged in the USAWA this past year have chances if they keep after competitions – Abe Smith (at 91) and Barry Pensyl (82).

There’s one lifter who will make it but it will take him a year.  That is Randy Smith. Randy now stands at 99 USAWA Records!  Randy has earned his records the hardest way possible by only setting them at the USAWA National Championships which has been the only yearly USAWA competition Randy has been doing lately. This says alot about Randy as only the main core lifts are contested at Nationals so he’s not picking up easy obscure lift records at record day meets. He’s getting his records on the BIG STAGE.

But with all this excitement there is one thing that makes me a little sad about the Century Club.  That is when lifters fall out of it.  The late Mike “Murdo” Murdock is standing now at 101 (down 3) and probably will be off the list by next count.  Several others have been (or would have been if the Century Club was started sooner) but are not on it now because they have died.  I really feel there should be a honorary designation for these past great lifters.  I can think of several here – John Vernacchio, Rex Monahan,  and Joe McCoy.  This is something Dean Ross proposed to me and I agree with him on it.   I would like a little support from the organization on this idea.  If I get 5 lifters telling me it’s a good idea I’ll make it happen!

Susan makes the Century Club!

by Al Myers

Susan Sees competing in the 2012 USAWA National Championships in Las Vegas.

Susan Sees competing in the 2012 USAWA National Championships in Las Vegas.

I have just updated the USAWA Record List from this summers competitions and there’s BIG NEWS – Susan Sees has just joined the Century Club! The Century Club recognizes lifters who hold over 100 USAWA records. In the Women’s Century Club there are only FOUR lifters who have this honor – 1. Noi Phumchona (260), 2. Ruth Jackson (258), 3. Mary McConnaughey (146), and now Susan at 105 USAWA Records. Our USAWA Record goes way back to the first competition held under USAWA sanction close to 30 years ago.  There have been alot of great women lifters in the USAWA, but this group is the elite record setters.

Congrats Susan!  I know you have worked hard to achieve this and the entire organization is proud of you.

Welcome LaVerne to the Century Club!

by Al Myers

LaVerne Myers lifting 200 pounds in the Bear Hug at the 2015 USAWA Grip Championships to establish himself another USAWA record!

It’s always BIG NEWS when a USAWA lifter joins the Century Club.  This is not for lifters who are over 100 years old – but for lifters who have over 100 USAWA records.  It has been awhile since I have gave an update on this, but with the new addition of LaVerne Myers to the club it is time to give the updated counts. LaVerne has been lifting in the USAWA for a number of years now and has been very active this past year.  He attended such prestigious competitions such as the Presidential Cup and the Gold Cup in England this year.  He won the USAWA Grip Championships in February against a very stacked field of lifters.   Plus LaVerne has really earned his records by just getting a few in each comp – not “cherry picking” 20 plus records in a record day. On the last Century Club report legendary USAWA lifter John Vernacchio dropped off the listing leaving the Club at 24 members.  With the addition of LaVerne it is now back to 25 members.

Denny Habecker still leads the Men’s listing with 520 records – distancing himself from Art Montini.  At one time a few years ago these two were “nip and tuck” in their record counts.  Denny is the only USAWA lifter who has ever held over 500 USAWA records.  Ruth Jackson is moving up the list in the Women’s listing, and I expect her to soon pass Noi (who has held the number one spot forever).

There are several USAWA lifters who are on the fringe of making the Century Club.  Our current USAWA champ Randy Smith is within 10 of the list (and he has most ALL of his USAWA records from National Championships!!!!!).  Our current women’s National Champ Susan Sees is very close as well.  Plus it won’t be long before Joe Jr. and Joe Sr. Ciavattone join the club – they could be there in a couple of meets!

Thanks to a suggestion by Tim Songster – the CENTURY CLUB will now be part of the Record List Page.  This will allow it to readily available for viewing (and not buried under many blogs) which will give lifters added motivation to compete in the USAWA!

 

WOMEN’S CENTURY CLUB
(as of August 8th, 2015)

RANK LIFTER CURRENT RECORDS PREVIOUS COUNT CHANGE
1 Noi Phumchona 260 261 -1
2 Ruth Jackson 236 213 +23
3 Mary McConnaughey 130 117 +13

MEN’S CENTURY CLUB
(as of August 8th, 2015)

RANK LIFTER CURRENT RECORDS PREVIOUS COUNT CHANGE
1 Denny Habecker 520 501 +19
2 Art Montini 458 445 +13
3 Al Myers 436 421 +15
4 John McKean 305 290 +15
5 Joe Garcia 294 247 +47
6 Dennis Mitchell 281 278 +3
7 Frank Ciavattone 273 268 +5
8 Chad Ullom 232 210 +22
9 Bob Hirsh 229 229 0
10 Dean Ross 226 188 +38
11 Bill Clark 214 207 +7
12 Howard Prechtel 172 174 -2
13 Dale Friesz 157 159 -2
14 Jim Malloy 154 156 -2
15 Scott Schmidt 152 150 +2
16 John Monk 147 148 -1
17 Ed Schock 138 138 0
18 Chris Waterman 137 137 0
19 Rudy Bletscher 125 126 -1
20 Bob Geib 112 101 +11
21 Mike Murdock 106 113 -7
22 LaVerne Myers 102 —– —-

 

Records now online

by Al Myers

As some of you may have noticed, the USAWA Record List is now available on the USAWA website.   It is placed under the top heading section “record list”.  I will try to keep an  updated version of the record list uploaded.  The record list is very large PDF of the excel file.  It may take a while for some systems to download it.   There are now over 10,000 records in the USAWA Record List.

It has also been awhile since I have updated the Century Club, a listing that includes all lifters that have over 100 USAWA Records.  It’s been over a year since I have published this update – but since there has been no real changes in it, there has not been much reason to do so. The “top ten” is exactly the same order, and no one new has been added.  The BIG NEWS of the list is that Denny Habecker has become the FIRST USAWA lifter to top 500 records!  That’s a big number, and has given Denny a huge lead over Art Montini.  The biggest placing changer in the Mens Club has been Dean Ross, who has moved up two places to number 11.  Ruth Jackson is closing in on Noi – and I predict will pass her within the next couple of years.  The sad news is USAWA legend John Vernacchio has dropped out of the Century Club, leaving the total number at 24.

WOMEN’S CENTURY CLUB
(as of July 19th, 2014)

RANK LIFTER CURRENT RECORDS PREVIOUS COUNT CHANGE
1 Noi Phumchona 261 263 +2
2 Ruth Jackson 213 180 +33
3 Mary McConnaughey 117 117 0

MEN’S CENTURY CLUB
(as of July 19th, 2014th)

RANK LIFTER CURRENT RECORDS PREVIOUS COUNT CHANGE
1 Denny Habecker 501 480 +21
2 Art Montini 445 425 +20
3 Al Myers 421 411 +10
4 John McKean 290 291 -1
5 Dennis Mitchell 278 266 +12
6 Frank Ciavattone 268 265 +3
7 Joe Garcia 247 238 +9
8 Bob Hirsh 229 229 0
9 Chad Ullom 210 200 +10
10 Bill Clark 207 198 +9
11 Dean Ross 188 155 +33
12 Howard Prechtel 174 174 0
13 Dale Friesz 159 160 -1
14 Jim Malloy 156 153 +3
15 Scott Schmidt 150 151 -1
16 John Monk 148 148 0
17 Ed Schock 138 138 0
18 Chris Waterman 137 137 0
19 Rudy Bletscher 126 131 -5
20 Mike Murdock 113 107 +6
21 Bob Geib 101 102 -1

Presidential Cup & Century Club

by Al Myers

Susan Sees (left) and Bob Geib (right) at the 2013 USAWA National Championships. At this meet Bob eclipsed 100 USAWA records and joined the Century Club.

The Presidential Cup is coming up fast (THIS WEEKEND)!  It is hosted by our USAWA President Denny Habecker at his gym, Habeckers Gym, in Lebanon, PA.

I have my plane ticket bought and ready to “join in”  this premier Record Day event in the USAWA.  The Presidential Cup is modeled after the IAWA Gold Cup, to allow each lifter to showcase their favorite and best lifts.  There will be a champion crowned.  As per rules of this event, the President is the one to make the decision on which Record Lift performed impresses him the most and that person will be awarded the Champion of the Presidential Cup.  Last year at the inaugural USAWA Presidential Cup the late Dale Friesz was awarded the Championship trophy.  Everyone was in agreement that Dale rightfully deserved this honor.  Dale will forever be known as the FIRST PERSON to be crowned the champion of the Presidential Cup.

It has been awhile since I have given an update on the Records Race and the members of the Century Club.  After doing a little figuring, I was surprised to see the number of record increases and the new members of the Century Club.  I should have recognized a few lifters before now!  The Century Club has now grown to 25 members (from 23 on last count).  I accurately predicted recent Hall of Famer Bob Geib would be joining the list after his latest resurgence in the USAWA, and  Ruth Jackson has came out of nowhere to join the Century Club!!  Ruth has had a stellar year in the USAWA – capped by winning Overall Best Female Lifter at the IAWA World Championships last October.  Congratulations to both of these two for this accomplishment. Since the list has now grown, I am going to break it down into two listings – one for women and one for the men.

WOMEN’S CENTURY CLUB
(as of August 7th, 2013)

RANK LIFTER CURRENT RECORDS PREVIOUS COUNT CHANGE
1 Noi Phumchona  263  265  – 2
2 Ruth Jackson  180  new  ——
3 Mary McConnaughey  117  117  0

MEN’S CENTURY CLUB
(as of August 7th, 2013)

RANK LIFTER CURRENT RECORDS PREVIOUS COUNT CHANGE
1 Denny Habecker 480 447 + 33
2 Art Montini 425 413 + 12
3 Al Myers 411 396 + 15
4 John McKean 291 292 – 1
5 Dennis Mitchell 266 260 + 6
6 Frank Ciavattone 265 262 + 3
7 Joe Garcia 238 243 – 5
8 Bob Hirsh 229 229 0
9 Chad Ullom 200 195 + 5
10 Bill Clark 198 200 – 2
11 Howard Prechtel 174 175 – 1
12 Dale Friesz 160 162 – 2
13 Dean Ross 155 132 + 23
14 Jim Malloy 153 153 0
15 Scott Schmidt 151 148 + 3
16 John Monk 148 148 0
 17 Ed Schock 138 142  – 4
18 Chris Waterman 137 137  0
19 Rudy Bletscher 131 126  – 5
20 Mike Murdock 107 104  + 3
21 John Vernacchio 102 105  – 3
22 Bob Geib 102 new  ———

As you can see there are no “major changes” at the top of the Century Club.  Denny has stretched his lead over Art to such a degree that I won’t even call it a records race anymore between them (I’m calling you out Art to kick it in gear a bit!!! haha).  Denny has added the more records to his count since the previous count (33 records) than anyone else.  He is on pace to break the 500 barrier by the end of this year! I also added a “change” number to this list.  That is how much the lifter’s record count has changed since the last count. You have to remember these are absolute counts, so you may think you have set more records than listed (which is probably true), but some of the records you previously owned might be getting broken in the process.  The only way to keep going forward is to add more records than you are losing – and that is only accomplished by meet participation!  I’ll again mention Art here – as I know Denny is getting great satisfaction out of breaking Art’s records in the 70/85 KG class, thus adding one for himself and taking one away from Art at the same time!!!

I’m getting to pride myself of making predictions on who the next Century Club members will be.  I have been pretty much “right one” with every one.  Now let me make my next predictions.  Pretty easy if you ask me – it will go to a Ciavattone, either Joe Sr., Joe Jr., or Jeff.  They are all “knocking on the door” of getting 100 USAWA records on the books.  Now don’t let me down guys on this!!!

I’m looking forward to celebrating the USAWA this weekend at the Presidential Cup.  See everyone there!

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