Articles from March 2009



Eastern Open Postal

by Al Myers

Eastern Open Postal Meet
March 2009

Meet Director:  John Wilmot

Lifts:  French Press, Cheat Curl, and Jefferson Lift

Lifter Age BWT Wt.Class French Curl Jefferson Total Points
Women:
Kari Landis 27 170 80 35 80 185 300 295.14
Men:
John Monk, Jr. 43 175 80 100 150 425 675 678.34
Denny Habecker 66 184 85 77 110 275.5 462.5 550.78
Randy Smith 54 193 90 125 185 315 625 655.50
Jonathan Ciavattone 14 195 90 80 135 315 530 576.66
Joe Ciavattone, Jr. 15 205 95 120 175 455 750 760.55
Dennis Vandermark 55 207 95 60 135 250 445 452.76
John Wilmot 62 213 100 80 120 300 500 531.11
Orie Barnett 48 229.5 105 138 155 425 718 649.34
Al Myers 42 252 115 120 198 573 891 725.65
Joe Ciavattone, Sr. 40 245 115 140 200 405 745 603.31
James Malloy 67 248 115 110 140 350 600 612.17

BWT in pounds. Wt. Class in kilograms. Lifts in pounds. Points are age and weight adjusted.

Best Female Lifter:  Kari Landis
Best Male Lifter:  Joe Ciavattone, Jr.

Deanna Springs Meet

by Al Myers

Joe Garcia wins the Deanna Meet

Group Picture - Front row Bill Clark. Back row left to right Al Springs, Joe Garcia, Al Myers, and Chad Ullom

Four lifters made their way to Clark’s Gym during a late spring snow storm to participate in the Deanna Springs Memorial. The day I left for the meet I received over 6 inches of snow at home, which is unusual for Kansas in March. I was able to stay ahead of the storm and was fortunate that the weather had improved when it was time to return home. This meet is a memorial meet honoring the late Deanna Springs, who was the wife of Al Springs. So, it was a quite a highlight, when Al Springs showed up!!! Al has had a rough year having just had heart bypass surgery this year. He has been involved with the USAWA for many years, not just as a lifter but also as a meet promoter. Most lifters would give up lifting after heart surgery. But Al is a hardcore lifter, like many of the other USAWA lifters, and shows what determination is all about. He is a true inspiration to everyone!! Joe Garcia easily won the meet with his strength in the heavy lifts. Joe made a huge hip lift of 1875#, and almost made 2075#. Joe is a technician in the heavy lifts. One thing I really admire about Joe is his willingness to share lifting tips with his competitors. My training partner Chad Ullom again turned in a solid lifting performance. Chad is a very well-rounded lifter and has very few weak lifts. I want to thank Bill Clark again for hosting this annual event. We concluded the day with our traditional post-meet meal at the Golden Corral. Everyone left with sore muscles and a full belly.

FULL MEET RESULTS:

Deanna Springs Memorial Meet
March 28, 2009
Clark’s Gym, Columbia, Missouri

Meet Director: Bill Clark
Official (1 official system used): Bill Clark
Loader: James Foster

Lifts:  Crucifix, Cheat Curl, Hand and Thigh, Hip Lift, Deanna Lift

Lifter Age BW Crucifix Cheat Curl H&T Hip Deanna Total Points
Joe Garcia 55 240 70 155 1275 1875 575 3950 3711.88
Al Myers 42 253 90 190 1105 1475 755 3615 2936.31
Chad Ullom 37 232 80 175 1105 1475 665 3500 2886.45
Al Springs 67 212 40 65 375 525 235 1240 1373.01

Body weight in pounds.  All lifts in pounds.

Quiz of the Week – Name this Mystery Lifter

by Al Myers

Scott Schmidt, of Cleveland Ohio, correctly identified this lifter as Howard Prechtel.

Howard Prechtel performing a Clean and Jerk in his younger days.