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Lifter of the Month – Dan Wagman

By Al Myers

Dan Wagman pulling 227 pounds on the middle finger lift in training.

Dan Wagman pulling 227 pounds on the middle finger lift in training.

The USAWA Lifter of the Month for December is Dan Wagman.  Dan has totally dominated the USAWA Postal Meets this year, winning BEST LIFTER in all of them! He finished off the quarterly postal meets by winning the USAWA Postal Championships in December.  His Postal Meet success this year earned him the overall winner in the yearly Postal Series.

Congrats Dan on being the Lifter of the Month!

Lifter of the Month – Kim Lydon

By Al Myers

Kim Lydon is the USAWA Lifter of the Month.

Kim Lydon is the USAWA Lifter of the Month.

The USAWA LIFTER OF THE MONTH for last November goes to Kim Lydon!

Kim lifts for Frank’s Barbell Club and has been involved in several USAWA events over the past several months.  She competed in the 2016 IAWA World Championships in Lebanon, PA and won OVERALL BEST WOMENS LIFTER, edging out the great English lifter, Karen Gardner. Kim has competed in numerous record days over the past few months as well.  In her last record day at Frank’s Barbell Club she performed a 232# Ciavattone Grip Deadlift.  Kim is only 20 years of age with a bright future in the USAWA ahead of her!

Congrats Kim!

Lifter of the Month – Art Montini

By Al Myers

Art Montini pulling a new IAWA World Record in the Deadlift at the 2016 IAWA Gold Cup.

Art Montini pulling a new IAWA World Record in the Deadlift at the 2016 IAWA Gold Cup.

The lifter of the month for October is Art Montini!

Art had a brilliant month of lifting in the USAWA last October.  First he competed in the IAWA World Championships in Lebanon, PA, placing 10th Overall as the oldest competitor in the meet. The next weekend he hosted his annual Art’s Birthday Bash Record Day in Pittsburgh on his 89th birthday.  This meet promotion had to be one of the biggest he’s ever had for his birthday bash.  Several of the overseas lifters competed in it for the first time.  It was an International affair! Then the following weekend he made the trip to Abilene, Kansas to compete in the IAWA Gold Cup.  In the Gold Cup he deadlifted an unbelievable 80 KG.  That’s 3 USAWA/IAWA competitions over the course of three weekends, which makes him a very deserving winner for the USAWA Lifter of the Month.

Congrats Arts!

LIfter of the Month -Abe Smith

By Al Myers

The lifter of the month for September goes to Abe Smith. Abe made his return to the USAWA in a big way, winning best lifter in the USAWA Old Time Strongman Championships. The OTSM Championship was hosted and promoted by Eric Todd.  A very strong field of 10 competitors entered this Championship event in the USAWA this year.  Abe has been involved with the USAWA for many years, since he was a teenager.  In his early years he was very involved with meets held in Clark’s Gym.

Congrats Abe on being the USAWA Lifter of the Month!

Lifter of the Month – Aidan Habecker

by Al Myers

The LIFTER OF THE MONTH for AUGUST goes to Aidan Habecker!

Aidan had a great summer of lifting in the USAWA.  He competed in Boston at our USAWA National Championships, and then wrapped up the summer by winning the PRESIDENTIAL CUP AWARD at the Presidential Cup.  I like to see young lifters in the USAWA as I know that will be our future.  Most young lifters are intimidated by the many lifts of the USAWA and don’t want to get involved because of that.  Not Aidan!  I’ve watched him compete many times and he’s always excited about trying something new. He has the best coach as well with Grandpa Denny.  I see a very bright All Round future for this young man!

Congrats Aidan.

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