USAWA History – 1993 Nationals

by Al Myers

(The following meet report was written by Bill Clark in the Strength Journal Vol.IV No.3. )


The USAWA Nationals turned out to be a two-family affair on the male side while Jacqueline Caron dominated the women’s division.  The meet, held in Middletown, PA., under the co-direction of Paul Montini and Paul Healey, drew an entry of 36 lifters from 11-year-old Rocco Montini to 73-year-old Paul Eberhardinger and saw the usual number of records go into the book.

Jacqueline Caron took the women’s division with 1486.33 Lynch Points, beating out Noi Phumchaona and Kerry Clark, who did some outstanding lifting of their own.

The top male award went to Bill DiCiccio, Jr., who scored 1802.92 Lynch Points, beating out his dad, Bill Sr., who was third with 1724.32 points.  Bob Hirsh of Cleveland was runnerup with 1799.6 points, losing his chance to take the best lifter award when his right knee crumpled under a 1580 hip lift. The injury seemed to be minimal.  DiCiccio, Sr., wound up second to Art Montini in the Battle for top master lifter. Art had 2078.12 points on the age-amended list – which, if a trophy overall for the age-amended list were given, would have gone to him.

The top junior lifter was Rocco Montini, who scored 1484.92 points as an 11-year-old in the 35 KG class.  Rocco – Rocky – is Art’s grandson and the son of Paul Montini, the co-meet director.

In the master’s division, Noi Phumchaona (45-49) made her last start in that age group a winner. She was the only master gal on hand.  In the men’s 40-44, Paul Montini was the best – making it three Montini’s. At 45-49, Barry Pensyl was the winner, 50-54 winner was Bill DiCiccio, Sr., 55-59 belonged to John Vernacchio, 60-64 went to Dennis Mitchell, 65-69 was Art Montini, 70-74 was Paul Eberhardinger.  And, just to keep things in perspective, on the age-amended formula, Bill DiCiccio Sr., was 146 points better than Junior.

Thanks to the two Pauls – Montini and Healey – for quick and accurate results and for setting examples by showing excellent lifting form and strength, as well. 


1993 USAWA National Championships
May 22-23, 1993
Middletown, Pennsylvania

Meet Directors: Paul Montini and Paul Healey

Lifts: Clean and Push Press, Jefferson Lift, Steinborn, Zercher Lift, Hand and Thigh, Hip Lift

Men: Top Ten Placings
1. Art Montini, Pennsylvania
2. Bill DiCioccio Sr., Pennsylvania
3. Jim Malloy, Ohio
4. Bill DiCioccio Jr, Pennsylvania
5. Bob Hirsh, Ohio
6. Barry Pensyl, Pennsylvania
7. Chris Waterman, Ohio
8. John Kurtz, Ohio
9. John McKean, Pennsylvania
10. John Monk, Pennsylvania

Women: Top Three Placings
1. Jacqueline Caron, Vermont
2. Noi Phumchaona, Ohio
3. Kerry Clark, Missouri

Best Lifter Awards:
Women Open – Jacqueline Caron
Men Open – Bill DiCioccio Jr.
Women Master – Noi Phumchaona
Men Master – Art Montini
Men Junior – Rocco Montini
Men 40-44 Age Group – Paul Montini
Men 45-49 Age Group – Barry Pensyl
Men 50-54 Age Group – Bill DiCioccio Sr.
Men 55-59 Age Group – John Vernacchio
Men 60-64 Age Group – Dennis Mitchell
Men 65-69 Age Group – Art Montini
Men 70-74 Age Group – Paul Eberhardinger