By Al Myers
MEET REPORT AND RESULTS –
2017 USAWA PRESIDENTIAL CUP
Group picture from the 2017 Presidential Cup (front Left to right): Barry Pensyl, Art Montini, Denny Habecker, Aidan Habecker, (Back Left to right): Cale Dunlap, Jenn Tibbenham, Al Myers, Collin Cortez
We just had another GREAT Presidential Cup last weekend! This is now the 6th year in a row this Championship Event has been held. It was hosted by the President of the USAWA, Denny Habecker and held at Habecker’s Gym.
We had a number of newcomers to this meet as well as several past PREZ CUP winners were present. The new lifters were Collin Cortez, Cale Dunlap, Jenn Tibbenham, and Barry Pensyl. The past winners who were present included Aidan Habecker, Art Montini, and myself.
It was great to have Jenn from England compete in the Presidential Cup! One of her lifts was the Reeves Deadlift.
The BIGGEST surprise of the meet was having an International lifter in attendance – Jenn Tibbenham. Jenn lives in England and lifts for the IAWA(UK), but was here on vacation with her husband Graham. She wanted to take part in a USAWA competition, and we were delighted to have her compete. I’ve seen Jenn lift before and she always really impresses me. She gives 110 PERCENT on the platform and puts up huge lifts. She came to break some World Records and that she did. Her 72.5 KG (and close miss at 82.5KG) with the 1 handed VB impressed me the most.
Also – it’s always nice to see new lifters in the organization. We had that at the Prez Cup when Collin Cortez, a lifter and Navy man from Norfolk, Virginia entered. This was the very first USAWA competition for Collin. It didn’t take him long and he fit right in with the USAWA crowd. He put up a great Cup lift in the Hackenschmidt Floor Press which won him the Presidential Cup! I sure hope we see more of Collin in the USAWA.
Newcomer Collin Cortez (right) won the 2017 Presidential Cup Award, presented by the USAWA President Denny Habecker (Left).
It’s always a pleasure seeing and lifting with Barry Pensyl. Barry has a long track record with the USAWA (close to 20 years), but due to injuries he is making his comeback in the organization over the past couple of years. He’s “knocking on the door” of the Century Club and I predict he will be one of the next members. His PC lift with the Abdominal Raise impressed me the most of his lifts, and unofficially I would say it was the Runner Up lift for the Presidential Cup Award. Maybe next year Barry the Cup will be yours?
Young Aidan Habecker came into this meet as last years Cup Winner. I think he had his sights on winning it again! However, he opened a little too heavy on his Cup Lift with the 2″ VBar, and had to fall back on his second lift, the 1″ V bar Lift for his Cup Lift. He then went on to set a couple more very impressive records.
The MAN OF STEEL Art Montini made yet again, another fantastic appearance on the platform. Art worked in the Steel Mill all his working life, and is a tough as nails. It won’t be long and he’ll be in the 90-94 Age Group and I’m betting he will still be setting records. I don’t see any signs that he is slowing up with the weights.
Denny, on top of hosting this fine event, still performed a couple of record lifts himself. He first filled his tank and got all “gassed up” with a big jug of chocolate milk, and then put up some fine lifting. I was BY FAR the most impressed with his Steinborn Lift of 75KG. It took all he had, and then afterwards realized it was loaded to 75KG instead of 55KG which he thought it was!
I want to really thank Denny and Judy for hosting the event. Judy prepared all of us a great breakfast after weigh-ins. You don’t find that kind of hospitality everywhere, but you DO in the USAWA.
2017 USAWA Presidential Cup
August 5th, 2017
Meet Director: Denny Habecker
Scorekeeper: Al Myers
Officials (3-Official System Used): Denny Habecker, Al Myers, Art Montini
Lifts – Record Day Lifts
Aidan Habecker – 14 years old & 146 pounds BWT
Vertical Bar Lift – 1 Bar, 1″, Right Hand: 57.5 KG
Continental to Chest: 52.5 KG
Vertical Bar Deadlift – 2 Bars, 2″: 105 KG
Cale Dunlap – 22 years old & 164 pounds BWT
French Press: 55 pounds
Collin Cortez – 29 years old & 217 pounds BWT
Hackenschmidt Floor Press: 157.5 KG
Snatch – Dumbbell, Left Arm: 117 pounds
Bench Press – Hands Together: 271 pounds
Jenn Tibbenham – 33 years old & 219 pounds BWT
Hack Lift – 2″ Bar: 105 KG
Reeves Deadlift: 223 pounds
Vertical Bar Deadlift – 1 Bar, 2″, Left Hand: 72.5 KG
Al Myers – 50 years old & 231 pounds BWT
Bench Press – Hands Together: 105 KG
Barry Pensyl – 69 years old & 151 pounds BWT
Abdominal Raise: 21 KG
Bench Press – Alternate Grip: 127 pounds
Curl – Strict: 27.5 KG
Denny Habecker – 74 years old & 192 pounds BWT
Curl – Cheat, Dumbell, Right Arm: 55 pounds
Steinborn Lift: 75 KG
Art Montini – 89 years old & 163 pounds BWT
Deadlift – Ciavattone Grip, Fulton Bar: 60 KG
Hack Lift – 50 KG
Deadlift – Fulton Bar: 70 KG