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Presidential Cup

By Denny Habecker

2016 USAWA PRESIDENTIAL CUP

The 2016 Presidential Cup was a huge success. We had the biggest turnout yet. Seven lifters lifted and set 21 new records. We had lifters ranging in age from 13 year old Aidan Habecker to 88 year old Art Montini, who always amazes us with his fine lifting at his age. Barry Pensyl, a great all-round lifter from the past came back and did some fine lifts with ease. Dean Ross, who seems to never miss a meet, did 5 nice lifts and big Frank Ciavattone came down from Mass. to do some great Ciavattone Deadlift records. Judy Habecker was also inspired to do a Ciavattone Deadlift record. Aidan continues to show improvement every day and did a big Vertical Bar Deadlift- 2 bars, 2″, breaking the previous record by over 40 pounds.

Meet Results:

2016 Presidential Cup
August 6th, 2016
Habecker’s Gym
Lebanon, PA

Meet Director: Denny Habecker

Officials (3-Official System Used): Denny Habecker, Art Montini, Frank Ciavattone

Lifts:

ART MONTINI – 88 – 174 Lbs. – 80 Kg. Class [ 85 – 89]
Abdominal Raise – 30 Lbs. – 13.6 Kg.
Deadlift – 2 Dumbbells – 126 Lbs. – 57.1 Kg.

JUDY HABECKER – 75 – 150 Lbs. – 70 Kg. Class [ 75 – 79 ]
Deadlift – Ciavattone Grip – 110.2 Lbs. – 50Kg.

Denny Habecker – 73 – 190 Lbs. – 90 Kg. [ 70 – 74 ]
Deadlift – Fulton Bar- One Arm – Right – 121.25 Lbs. – 55 Kg.
Deadlift- Dumbbell – One Arm- Left – 157 Lbs. – 71.2 Kg.
Deadlift – Ciavattone Grip, One Arm – Right – 165.3 Lbs. – 75 Kg
Holdout – Lowered – 45 Lbs. – 20.4 Kg.

DEAN ROSS – 73 – 249 Lbs. – 115 Kg. Class [ 70 – 74]
Curl – Dumbbell, Cheat – Left Hand – 40 Lbs. – 18.1 Kg.
Curl – Dumbbell, Cheat – Right Hand – 40 Lbs. – 18.1 Kg.
Curl – 2 Dumbbells, Cheat – 80 Lbs. – 36.2 Kg.
Deadlift – Fulton Bar – – 198.4 Lbs. – 90 Kg.
Steinborn – 143.2 Lbs. – 65 Kg.

Barry Pensyl – 68 – 150 Lbs. – 70 Kg. Class [ 65 – 69 ]
Curl – Strict – 60 Lbs. – 27.25 Kg.
Bench Press – Hands Together – 115.7 Lbs. – 52.5 Kg.
Bench Press – Reverse Grip – 126.7 Lbs. – 57.5 Kg.

Frank Ciavattone – 61 – 287 Lbs. – 125 + Kg. Class – [ 60 – 64 ]
Deadlift – Ciavattone Grip – One Arm – Left – 231.5 Lbs – 105 Kg.
Deadlift – Ciavattone Grip – One Arm – Right – 254.6 Lb – 115.5 Kg.
Vertical Bar Deadlift – 1 Bar – 2″ One Hand – Left – 148.8 Lbs. – 67.5 Kg.
Vertical Bar Deadlift – 1 Bar – 2″ One Hand – Right – 159.8 Lbs. – 72.5 Kg.

AIDAN HABECKER 13 – 125 Lbs. – 60 Kg. Class
Vertical Bar Deadlift – 2 Bars – 2″ – 176.3 Lbs. – 80 Kg.
Deadlift – Heels Together – – 132. Lbs. – 60 Kg.

WINNER OF PRESIDENTIAL CUP – AIDAN HABECKER

Presidential Cup

by Al Myers

MEET ANNOUNCEMENT
THE 2016  USAWA PRESIDENTIAL CUP

For the fifth year in a row, the now “Annual” USAWA Presidential Cup is being hosted again by our USAWA President Denny Habecker.  This is one of the CHAMPIONSHIP events hosted in the USAWA, and is the Championships of Record Days.  It follows along “the lines” of the IAWA Gold Cup – a lifter picks their best lift and contests it for a USAWA record in this prestigious record day.  After all lifters have performed their record lifts, Denny will pick the effort that impresses him the most and award that lifter the PRESIDENTIAL CUP.  Only one lifter will receive this very important award.   If time allows, lifters will have the opportunity to perform other record day lifts.  So it is a good idea to come with the BIG LIFT in mind, but also be prepared to do other lifts for record if the time allows.

Now a little “rehash” on the Presidential Cup.  These are the guidelines:

The Presidential Cup will follow along some of the same guidelines as the Gold Cup, which is the IAWA meet which recognizes outstanding performances by lifters in the lift/lifts of their choosing.  The Gold Cup started in 1991 under the direction of then-IAWA President Howard Prechtel.  However there will be some differences in the guidelines of the USAWA Presidential Cup:

  • The Presidential Cup is hosted annually by the USAWA President only.
  • Must be a USAWA member to participate.
  • A lifter may choose any official USAWA  lift/lifts (number set by the President) to set a USAWA record/records  in.
  • The lifter must open at a USAWA Record Poundage on first attempt.
  • The top performance record lift of the entire record day,  which will be chosen by the President, will be awarded the PRESIDENTIAL CUP.

MEET DETAILS:

USAWA Presidential Cup

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Meet Director:  Denny Habecker

Location: Habecker’s Gym, Lebanon, PA

Lifts:  Bring your best lift for record!

Start time:  10 AM,  with weigh-ins before this

Entry Form:  None, but advance notice is required.

Denny may be reached by email – dhabecker@usawa.com

Presidential Cup History

by Al Myers

Dean Ross (right) recieving the 2015 Presidential Cup from Denny Habecker (left).

Dean Ross (right) recieving the 2015 Presidential Cup from Denny Habecker (left).

The Presidential Cup just completed it’s fourth annual Championship, all under the direction of the USAWA President Denny Habecker.  As I’ve said before, the Presidential Cup is the CHAMPIONSHIP OF RECORD DAYS in the USAWA.  Winning the overall in this event is no different than winning the overall best lifter in any other championship event within the organization.

The late Dale Frieze was the first Presidential Cup winner.   To date, 4 different lifters have won this title. From now on I’m going to keep an up to date listing of the past winners of the Presidential Cup in our history archives, under the section “Past Championships”.

History of the Presidential Cup

 YEAR CUP WINNER LIFT  PRESIDENT
 2015 Dean Ross Zercher – One Arm Denny Habecker
 2014 Al Myers Pinch Grip – One Hand Denny Habecker
 2013 Art Montini Teeth Lift Denny Habecker
 2012 Dale Frieze Finger Lift – Ring Denny Habecker

 

Presidential Cup

by Al Myers

MEET REPORT & RESULTS
2015 PRESIDENTIAL CUP

Group picture from the 2015 Presidential Cup (left to right): Art Montini, Al Myers, Dean Ross, and Denny Habecker

Group picture from the 2015 Presidential Cup (left to right): Art Montini, Al Myers, Dean Ross, and Denny Habecker

For the fourth year annually, our USAWA President Denny Habecker has held the USAWA Presidential Cup.  This Championship Event recognizes the “best of the best” amongst record days.  It IS the championship record day in the USAWA – much like the Gold Cup is the Championship Record Day in the IAWA. Every year our Prez picks a lift and lifter for the winner of the Presidential Cup.  This is based on what impresses him the most – that is the criteria for being awarded the Presidential Cup.

This year 4 experienced USAWA members took on the challenge.  It was interesting to me that these four lifters (Denny, Art, Dean, and myself) are also TOP TEN members of the Century Club, which shows that all of us have competed in the USAWA quite some time now!  Each of us took turns with our lifts on the platform. Art continues to amaze me.  He did a 26# Abdominal Raise – which would be a very difficult lift for anyone.  I thought that could be the Presidential Cup Lift that might win.  As it turns out that was the only record lift Art did.  When we had time for additional record lifts Art couldn’t decide on another lift to do as he has ALL the records in his age/bodyweight class in the record list and Art doesn’t like to break his own records!

Dean Ross made the trip to Pennsylvania again this summer (Nationals in York was the other).  Dean picked the One Arm Zercher, which is a very difficult lift to perform. He lifted an impressive 160 pounds!  As it turns out – THAT was the lift to win him the Presidential Cup!  Well deserving I must say.

This was a great competition.  I want to thank Denny and Judy for being such great hosts.  We are very fortunate to have Denny as our President and Judy as the “first lady” in the USAWA. They work tirelessly to keep things going, and give back SO MUCH to the organization.

(Tomorrow I’ll give a report on the history of the Presidential Cup and a listing of all past winners. )

Meet Results:

Presidential Cup
Habecker’s Gym
Lebanon, PA
August 22nd, 2015

Meet Director: Denny Habecker

Official’s (3-official System Used): Denny Habecker, Al Myers, Art Montini

Al Myers – 48 years old, 228# BWT
Vertical Bar Deadlift – 2″, 1 Bar, Right Hand: 193#
Vertical Bar Deadlift – 2″, 1 Bar, Left Hand: 193#
Deadlift – Fulton Bar, Right Arm: 171#
Deadlift – Fulton Bar, Left Arm: 171#
Deadlift – Fulton Bar, Ciavattone Grip: 303#
Deadlift – One Leg, Right: 242#

Dean Ross – 72 years old, 253# BWT
Zercher – One Arm, Left: 143#
Zercher – One Arm, Right: 160#
Ziegler Clean: 93#
Swing – One Arm, Right: 55#
Swing – One Arm, Left: 45#

Denny Habecker – 72 years old, 189# BWT
Pullover – Straight Arm: 60#

Art Montini – 87 years old, 173# BWT
Abdominal Raise: 26#

Presidential Cup

by Al Myers

MEET ANNOUNCEMENT
THE 2015  USAWA PRESIDENTIAL CUP

For the fourth year in a row, the now “Annual” USAWA Presidential Cup is being hosted again by our USAWA President Denny Habecker.  This is one of the CHAMPIONSHIP events hosted in the USAWA, and is the Championships of Record Days.  It follows along “the lines” of the IAWA Gold Cup – a lifter picks their best lift and contests it for a USAWA record in this prestigious record day.  After all lifters have performed their record lifts, Denny will pick the effort that impresses him the most and award that lifter the PRESIDENTIAL CUP.  Only one lifter will receive this very important award.   If time allows, lifters will have the opportunity to perform other record day lifts.  So it is a good idea to come with the BIG LIFT in mind, but also be prepared to do other lifts for record if the time allows.

Now a little “rehash” on the Presidential Cup.  These are the guidelines:

The Presidential Cup will follow along some of the same guidelines as the Gold Cup, which is the IAWA meet which recognizes outstanding performances by lifters in the lift/lifts of their choosing.  The Gold Cup started in 1991 under the direction of then-IAWA President Howard Prechtel.  However there will be some differences in the guidelines of the USAWA Presidential Cup:

  • The Presidential Cup is hosted annually by the USAWA President only.
  • Must be a USAWA member to participate.
  • A lifter may choose any official USAWA  lift/lifts (number set by the President) to set a USAWA record/records  in.
  • The lifter must open at a USAWA Record Poundage on first attempt.
  • The top performance record lift of the entire record day,  which will be chosen by the President, will be awarded the PRESIDENTIAL CUP.

MEET DETAILS:

USAWA Presidential Cup

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Meet Director:  Denny Habecker

Location: Habecker’s Gym, Lebanon, PA

Lifts:  Bring your best lift for record!

Start time:  10 AM,  with weigh-ins before this

Entry Form:  None, but advance notice is required.

Denny may be reached by email – dhabecker@usawa.com

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