By Eric Todd
MEET REPORT AND RESULTS
2016 Old Time Strongman Championships
Another chapter of USAWA’s Old Time Strongman Championship is in the books. This is one of the newer championships in the USAWA. It was started by Thom VanVleck several years ago, and has been hosted by me for the past 3 years. This year’s event proved to be our best turnout since it has been contested in the big tin-can with ten competitors. The weather could not have been more cooperative. It was a great day to be an all-rounder.
The day started off with a bang. My 3 month old black lab/redbone hound mix Archibald was on hand to support us all day. Before the meet he was causing a commotion over behind some equipment by the wall. When we looked to see what was going on, it appeared he was doing battle with a critter, which turned out to be a woodchuck. Before long, it became obvious that Archie would be the victor, and he proudly made a victory lap around the barn with the critter hanging from his mouth.
Anyhow, after the excitement, it was time for the lifting to begin. We had a wide array of competitors with different lifting experience. Abe Smith made his way back into the USAWA. Abe saw lots of success competing for Clarks gym a number of years ago. At a lighter bodyweight with huge poundages lifted, Abe has always been tough to beat in all-round. President Denny Habecker came from Pennsylvania. Denny is a seasoned all-rounder and Olympic weightlifter. His travel partner was one of the senior members of the USAWA, Art Montini. Dean Ross from Oklahoma was there. Dean has been a highland games thrower for many years, and now is a stalwart in the USAWA. My good friend and training partner Lance Foster was there. Lance has competed in strongman, powerlifting, Highland Games, and all-round. Scott Tully and Heather Gardner came from Salina, KS to compete. Scott, who was a huge presence in Strongman for many years, also competed in powerlifting and highland games. Heather trains at Scott’s gym, Driven Fitness, and has primarily competed in powerlifting. Greg Cook made his return to all-round. Greg is an old school powerlifter who I competed with in strongman for a number of years. Ben Edwards also came to us from Kansas. Ben has competed in all-round and highland games, but is probably best known for being one of the most successful grip competitors in our area.
We started off with the Dinnie lift. There were some great lifts here, with four lifters going over 600 pounds. Abe Smith’s 650 without the aid of a hook grip was maybe the most impressive, along with Heather’s 480 record attempt.
The next discipline was the Thor’s hammer. I had heard that in training, Ben had been hitting record poundages, so I knew I would have my work cut out for me to keep pace. Well, we both hit our stride in this one. We both hit the all-time record on the Thor’s hammer in competition of 55 pounds. In a record attempt, I also hit a 60 pound lift, to again beat the all-time record.
In the third lift of the meet, we contested the Saxon Snatch. Though not Art’s favorite lift, he did comment to me that he would be making the implement when he got home. Scott’s best in the competition was 100 pounds. But in a record attempt, he nailed 110 for the all-time record in an attempt that looked effortless.
In the last lift of the day, we did the Hackenschmidt Floor Press. Scott opened very conservatively, but ended with a top lift of 355. Abe wowed everyone again with a 335 lift at 183 pound body weight. Heather challenged the guys with her 175 lift.
In the end, Abe’s incredible strength per body weight was insurmountable. Particularly impressive as he had not trained for these specific disciplines. Heather was the women’s champion. Results are as follows.
2016 OTSM Championships
September 10, 2016
ET’s House of Stone
Meet Director: Eric Todd
Officials: Eric Todd, Lance Foster, Denny Habecker
Lifts: Thor’s Hammer, Hackenschmidt Floor Press, Saxon Snatch, Dinnie Lift
|Extra attempts for record||Lifter||Weight|
|Hackenschmidt Floor press||Dean Ross||225|
|Dinnie Lift||Heather Graham||480|
|Thor’s Hammer||Eric Todd||60|
|Saxon Snatch||Scott Tully||110|
All weights recorded in pounds.