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Going Postal

By Eric Todd

One of the many benefits of lifting in all-round is the postal competitions.  These have been going on for as long as I have been involved.  When I first started in the USAWA, Bill Clark ran a three part postal series with a multitude of lifts contested.  Later John Wilmott took over being in charge of the postals in the USAWA, followed by our President Denny Habecker.  On the international front,  I believe it was Frank Lamp from Australia who ran a very nice postal meet in the early 2000s where he would send out medals and a booklet of results (to his financial distress, I would imagine).  Later Steve Gardner, and of late it has been taken over by Al Myers.

I would encourage everybody who is physically able to participate in these postals.  First of all, it allows one to maximize what they are getting out of their USAWA membership at no cost to the lifter.  They do not cost us a dime to lift in.  I happen to live in an all-round hotbed with plenty of USAWA meets to participate in.  But for those not so fortunate, the postal series allows for several opportunities for athletes to compete.  If you live close to a certified official, you can enter the Andy Goddard IAWA World Postal Championships (you must have at least one official for that one).  For the postals hosted by Denny and the USAWA you do not even have to have a certified official to enter (though you must use one for it to count for a record).  You can have your Uncle Ernie officiate, and it would count for the sake of the meet (certainly everybody’s Uncle Ernie would be happy to help them in this capacity).

Another fabulous benefit of competing in the postals is you get to challenge yourself against the best in the US (for USAWA postals) and the World (for the IAWA one) without extensive travel and cost.  I have competed against lifters from England, Scotland, China, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand (among other countries, I am sure), all from the comfort of my home.  And you are not restricted to a particular day.  If this Saturday you are occupied, you can compete on the following Thursday (or another day if Thursday is booked).  Just as long as you do the lifts all on one day within the competition window and get your results in on time, you are good to go.  I love looking up the results and comparing myself with lifters from far away both in formula and total.

Now, I have been as guilty as anyone else of missing a postal here and there.  Sometimes due to injury.  Other times it was lack of planning.  The end of the window came and me and Lance could not make a time work (I probably should have called Uncle Ernie). Sometimes life just gets in the way.  Otherwise, it was just laziness on my part.  But, I have made an effort to increase my postal participation percentages.  It just feels like a real easy way that we can support the USAWA to help keep the organization alive out of respect for those who have lifted before us, and for those who I hope will follow.

Postal Championships

By Al Myers

The USAWA Postal Series consists of 4 quarterly postal meets, with the grand finale being the USAWA Postal Series.  These Postal Meets may be contested anywhere with the results being sent to the USAWA Postal Meet Director Denny Habecker.  This allows any member of the USAWA to compete in an USAWA competition without the expense of traveling.

The basic rules for entering a USAWA Postal Meet are as follows:

  • Must be a CURRENT member of the USAWA
  • All lifts must be done on the same day
  • USAWA rules apply as outlined in Rule Book
  • 3 attempts allowed with best attempt recorded
  • Bodyweight and Age apply as to the day of lifting
  • Must turn in official scoresheet by deadline
  • Record results on scoresheet in pounds
  • At least 1 certified official required for records
  • May enter with a non-certified judge but will not be eligible for records
  • Scoresheet must be fully filled out
  • No entry fee

ENTRY FORM – 2017 Postal Championships Entry Form

1st Quarter Postal Meet

By Al Myers

The USAWA Postal Series consists of 4 quarterly postal meets, with the grand finale being the USAWA Postal Series.  These Postal Meets may be contested anywhere with the results being sent to the USAWA Postal Meet Director Denny Habecker.  This allows any member of the USAWA to compete in an USAWA competition without the expense of traveling.

The basic rules for entering a USAWA Postal Meet are as follows:

  • Must be a CURRENT member of the USAWA
  • All lifts must be done on the same day
  • USAWA rules apply as outlined in Rule Book
  • 3 attempts allowed with best attempt recorded
  • Bodyweight and Age apply as to the day of lifting
  • Must turn in official scoresheet by deadline
  • Record results on scoresheet in pounds
  • At least 1 certified official required for records
  • May enter with a non-certified judge but will not be eligible for records
  • Scoresheet must be fully filled out
  • No entry fee

ENTRY FORM – 2017 1st Quarter Postal Entry Form

 

3rd Quarter Postal

By Al Myers

MEET RESULTS – 3rd Quarter Postal Meet

Meet Director: Denny Habecker
Dates: July 1st – September 30th

Lifts: Clean and Press – Alternate Grip, Clean and Jerk – One Arm, Deadlift – Ciavattone Grip

Lifters using the 3-official system:
Dan Wagman – Officials RJ Jackson & Jarrod Fobes
Mark Raymond – Officials Frank Ciavattone & Rocky Morrison
Kimberlyn Lydon – Officials Frank Ciavattone & Rocky Morrison

Lifters using the 1-official system:
Al Myers – Official LaVerne Myers
Eric Todd – Official Denny Habecker
Rocky Morrison – Official Frank Ciavattone
Dean Ross – Official Denny Habecker
LaVerne Myers – Official Al Myers
Lance Foster – Official Eric Todd
Aidan Habecker – Official Denny Habecker
RJ Jackson – Official Jarrod Fobes
Crystal Diggs – Official RJ Jackson

Lifters using a non-certified judge:
Denny Habecker
David Fisher
Lynda Burns

WOMENS DIVISION

Lifter Age BWT C&P C&J DL TOT PTS
RJ Jackson 54 105 65 55R 190 310 498.3
Kim Lydon 25 150 88 67R 209 364 387.7
Lynda Burns 41 203 65 45L 190 300 270.9
Crystal Diggs 29 164 45 25 45 115 115.7

MENS DIVISION

 Lifter Age BWT C&P C&J DL TOT PTS
Dan Wagman OP 182 191 112L 425 728 685.1
Al Myers 50 227 120 110R 407 637 590.0
Eric Todd 41 259 200 100R 335 665 528.9
Rocky Morrison 54 292 134 76L 380 590 498.9
Denny Habecker 74 189 99 55R 242 396 493.4
Dean Ross 73 253 85 0 295 380 401.4
Mark Raymond 53 237 122 66R 242 430 399.7
LaVerne Myers 72 234 75 45L 242 362 395.3
Lance Foster 50 338 100 45R 295 440 342.3
Aidan Habecker 13 128 44 33R 143 220 323.6
David Fisher 41 218 100 50L 200 350 304.2

Notes: BWT is bodyweight in pounds. R and L designate right and left arms. TOT is total pounds lifted. PTS are overall points adjusted for bodyweight and age corrections. All lifts recorded in pounds.

National Postal

by Al Myers

MEET RESULTS
2013 USAWA NATIONAL POSTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations to all the lifters that took part in the 2013 National Postal Championships!!!  It was a well represented meet – with a total of 19 lifters taking part.  Gabby Jobe was the lone female entrant – and for that she gathered the title of National Postal Champion.  The Mens Division was a “slug fest” with several BIG NAME lifters competing.  Dino Gym member Chad Ullom took top honors, edging out Orie Barnett. Troy Goetsch was third, Joe Ciavattone Jr. fourth, and Eric Todd fifth. The BIG BULL Bryan Benzel came in sixth, but he posted the highest total of the meet at 1261 pounds.

Gabby was the youngest lifter of the meet at 10 years of age.  Denny “the PREZ” Habecker was the oldest lifter of the meet at 70 years of age. Gabby was the lightest competitor at 103 pounds. The lightest male lifter was Denny, at 190 pounds.  The heaviest lifter of the meet was close between my two training partners Scott Tully and Mark Mitchell, as well as Lance Foster.  Scott ended up reigning as the heavyweight supremo at 331 pounds – of solid muscle I might add!

MEET RESULTS:

2013 National Postal Championships
December, 2012

Meet Director: John Wilmot

Lifters using a Certified Official (1 official system used):

Gabby Jobe – Certified Officials Alison Jobe, Jesse Jobe
Troy Goetsch – Certified Officials Jesse Jobe, Bryan Benzel
Barry Bryan – Certified Official Denny Habecker
Scott Tully – Certified Official Al Myers
Mark Mitchell – Certified Official Al Myers
Denny Habecker – Certified Official Barry Bryan
Tim Songster Sr. – Certified Officials Jesse Jobe, Dan Bunch
Joe Ciavattone Jr. – Certified Official Joe Ciavattone Sr.
Jesse Jobe – Certified Officials Bryan Benzel, Dan Bunch
Chad Ullom – Certified Official Al Myers
Eric Todd – Certified Official Lance Foster
Daniel Bunch – Certified Official Jesse Jobe, Bryan Benzel
Bryan Benzel – Certified Officials Jesse Jobe, Dan Bunch
Lance Foster – Certified Official Eric Todd

Lifters using a non-certified Judge (Not eligible for records):

Samuel Rogers – Judge Orie Barnett
John Wilmot – Judge Kay Wilmot
Orie Barnett – Judge Samuel Rogers
Joe Ciavattone Sr. – Judge Joe Ciavattone Jr.

Lifter without any Judge (Exhibition Only):

James Fuller – no Judge

Lifts: Clean and Press – Reverse Grip, Squat – 12″ Base, Deadlift – 2 Dumbbells

WOMENS DIVISION

LIFTER AGE BWT C&P SQ DBDL TOT PTS
Gabby Jobe 10 103 41 90 100 231 435.9

 

MENS DIVISION

LIFTER AGE BWT C&P SQ DBDL TOT PTS
Chad Ullom 41 251 198 507 552 1257 1015.2
Orie Barnett 51 229 190 485 400 1075 998.9
Troy Goetsch 26 198 181 455 430 1066 958.0
Joe Ciavattone Jr. 19 218 200 450 450 1100 956.2
Eric Todd 37 260 225 455 520 1200 933.4
Bryan Benzel 25 292 261 500 500 1261 926.1
Samuel Rogers 50 208 180 395 328 903 876.0
Mark Mitchell 52 327 220 451 422 1093 861.1
Joe Ciavattone Sr. 44 228 185 400 400 985 860.7
Jesse Jobe 35 242 200 365 450 1015 818.8
Tim Songster Sr. 45 204 175 345 350 870 814.7
Barry Bryan 54 197 176 231 360 768 794.7
Scott Tully 37 331 176 418 510 1104 765.5
Daniel Bunch 48 365 176 315 390 881 740.1
Denny Habecker 70 190 110 176 294 580 699.8
John Wilmot 65 219 105 205 300 610 653.2
Lance Foster 47 326 141 250 350 741 568.9
James Fuller 41 234 143 346 501 990 827.5

NOTES:  All weights recorded in pounds. BWT is bodyweight in pounds.  TOT is total pounds lifted.  PTS is adjusted points for bodyweight and age correction.

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