by Al Myers
2013 DINO GYM CHALLENGE
“PRESENTING AN OLD TIME STRONGMAN POWERLIFTING MEET”
Group picture of the participants in the 2013 Dino Gym Challenge.
I was expecting maybe 10 or 12 lifters for the annual Dino Gym Challenge – but then to my amazement lifters kept showing up and showing up!! The total number of entrants came to 21 lifters!!!! That’s only a few off what entered the World Meet that I promoted last fall!!! I was very excited to see this, as it shows the interest that lifters have in the “new” Old Time Strongman Competitions. This meet was promoted as an “Old Time Strongman Powerlifting Meet” because it contained three OTSM lifts that are partial-lift deviations of the three powerlifts (Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift). The meet included two Official OTSM lifts (the Anderson Squat and the Peoples Deadlift) as well as one exhibition lift (the Hackenschmidt Floor Press). The Hack FP “went over” really real with the lifters and I hope that it will become approved as an official OTSM lift this year.
The three officials of the Dino Gym Challenge holding their souvenir beer mugs - complete with Dino Gym logo!! These mugs were given as the awards to all participants. (left to right: Chad Ullom, Thom Van Vleck, LaVerne Myers)
One thing that I GREATLY appreciate with the Dino Gym members is how we always “come together” to support each other in our promoted events. Putting on any competition requires lots of “behind the scenes” work, and manpower on the day of the event. Even though we had more lifters show up than expected, things ran very smoothly because there was enough “helpers” to make it happen. Often after meets the attention is always on the lifting performances, but things wouldn’t happen if it wasn’t for those facilitating the meet. In this meet report I want to mention these guys first (they’re often the last mentioned). The USAWA OTSM Chairman Thom Van Vleck is first on my list to thank. Thom has been promoting the yearly OTSM Championships, and he has made a effort to be at most ALL of the OTSM meets in the USAWA, offering leadership and support. He took on the hardest event to officiate (the Anderson Squat) for the day. Chad Ullom, who normally doesn’t miss an opportunity to compete, sat this one out so he could be one of the needed officials of the day. He officiated the Peoples Deadlift as well as loaded that event the entire day. LaVerne Myers officiated the new OTSM event, the Hackenschmidt Floor Press. LaVerne has been a very important official in the club, and does an outstanding job. He is very professional in his officiating and keeps things on pace. His group finished before Chad’s and Thom’s in every rotation!!! I also want to thank Mike Murdock and Tyler Cookson for helping spot and load throughout the day. This help allowed me to focus on the daily details, keeping the scores updated, and taking lots of pictures. Finally, I want to mention and thank my wife Leslie who made the lunch for everyone and puts up with me for stressing over every “little detail”.
Dan Wagman pressing 435 pounds, which was the top Hackenschmidt Floor Press of the meet.
Now onto the lifting performances. The IAWA World Champs Dan Wagman and Ruth Jackson made their appearance from Colorado, and added another overall victory to their USAWA resumes. Both performed outstanding in all of these OTSM events. Dan “put up” the top Hackenschmidt Floor Press of the day with 435 pounds. Newcomer Mike McIntyre lifted 410 pounds in the FP. Mike is a member of the JWC, and at 29 years of age, has his best lifting years still ahead of him. KC Strongman Eric Todd also lifted 410 pounds in the FP. That’s THREE lifters over 400 pounds!!!
I was very interested to see the big lifts in the Anderson Squat. I was hoping to see several lifts over 800 pounds – and that I did!! Eric Todd became the first USAWA lifter to ever go over 900 pounds (with a lift of 903#). ET has been “making his name known” in the USAWA this past year with winning the Heavy Lift Champs last spring, and setting the ALL TIME neck lift record at Worlds. His second place finish in this stellar-packed field of lifters show that he is also a top contender in any future OTSM competition. John O’Brien of the JWC upped his personal record in the Anderson Squat to 810 pounds. I want to mention that John did this after losing over 30 pounds of bodyweight. This bodyweight loss while maintaining his same strength helped him with the formula adjustment and aided him to get third place overall at this meet. I say this because he “just edged” out Alan English by one point!!! Alan is a Dino Gym member who I have FINALLY got to compete in an USAWA competition. He is a gifted strength athlete who has lots of strongman victories to his name. I hope that this meet has inspired him to compete more in the USAWA, because if he does, you will see several great things out of him in the future. Rounding out the top five was another Dino Gym member, Scott Campbell. Scott finished off his day with the second highest Anderson Squat, with a lift of 881 pounds. Scott is a seasoned Highland Game Athlete who has strength that he doesn’t really know he has.
Dino Gym member Chuck Cookson had the top Peoples Deadlift of the meet with this 800 pound lift!
I got a couple of other lifters that I want to mention. First – Chuck Cookson. Chuck started the meet off by putting up the top Peoples Deadlift of the day – 800 pounds!!! However, he opened a little too high on the Anderson Squat (800 pounds!!!) and couldn’t get a lift in. If he would have got in an Anderson Squat, he would have placed much higher in the overall. I want to thank Art Montini and Denny Habecker for making the trip from Pennsylvania to compete. It’s always inspiring to watch these two lift in meets. I would like to know how many USAWA meets these two have competed in throughout the years. They seem to always be at USAWA events, and have been doing this for 25 years!!! I really doubt if there are very many other lifters in the USAWA that have competed as many times as these two. I want to thank a couple of Jobe Steel Jungle lifters who made the trip – Tim Songster and Dan Bunch. I really appreciate it when lifters travel to my meets from out of state. This includes Dean Ross from Oklahoma. I did a quick count and lifters from six states competed in this meet. That’s simply amazing!!!
As always, I still have lots more to report on but I got to draw a conclusion to my meet report at some point. Tomorrow I’ll reveal the results from the challenge between the Dino Gym and the Hoghton Barbell Club. Also, I still have the results from the shooting competition that went on after the meet to report on. That’ll be coming later this week. Again, I want to thank EVERYONE who competed, helped out, or just showed up to watch. This will go down as one of the best Dino Gym Challenges of ALL TIME.
Dino Gym Challenge
Dino Gym, Abilene, Kansas
Saturday, January 19th, 2013
Meet Director: Al Myers
Officials (1 official system used): Thom Van Vleck, Chad Ullom, LaVerne Myers
Scorekeeper: Al Myers
Loaders: Tyler Cookson, Mike Murdock
Lifts: Anderson Squat, Hackenschmidt Floor Press, Peoples Deadlift
EXTRA ATTEMPTS MADE FOR RECORD:
Ruth Jackson: Anderson Squat 308#
Ruth Jackson: Hackenschmidt Floor Press 180#
Jera Kressly: Anderson Squat 352#
Jera Kressly: Peoples Deadlift 399#
|Tim Songster Sr.
EXTRA ATTEMPTS MADE FOR RECORD:
Denny Habecker: Anderson Squat 352#
Denny Habecker: Hackenschmidt Floor Press 225#
Denny Habecker: Peoples Deadlift 369#
Dan Bunch: Peoples Deadlift 649#
Dan Wagman: Anderson Squat 782#
Dan Wagman: Peoples Deadlift 707#
Dean Ross: Peoples Deadlift 399#
Lance Foster: Hackenschmidt Floor Press 190#
EXTRA LIFTS MADE FOR RECORD:
Dan Wagman: Curl – Cheat, Reverse Grip 204#
Dan Wagman: Vertical Bar Deadlift – 1 Bar, 2″, Left Hand 180#
Dan Wagman: Vertical Bar Deadlift – 1 Bar, 1″, Left Hand 217#
Dan Wagman: Vertical Bar Deadlift – 1 Bar, 1″, Right Hand 217#
Ruth Jackson: Bench Press – Right Arm 44#
Ruth Jackson: Bench Press – Left Arm 44#
Ruth Jackson: Bench Press – Feet in Air 110#
Ruth Jackson: Bench Press – Hands Together 93.5#
Ruth Jackson: Holdout – Raised 33#
Ruth Jackson: Holdout – Lowered 33#
Ruth Jackson: Deadlift – Right Arm 181.75#
Ruth Jackson: Deadlift – Left Arm 181.75#
Ruth Jackson: Deadlift – Ciavattone Grip, Right Arm 90#
Ruth Jackson: Deadlift – Ciavattone Grip, Left Arm 90#
NOTES: All lifts recorded in pounds. BWT is bodyweight in pounds. TOT is total pounds lifted. PTS are adjusted points for bodyweight and age correction.