by Al Myers
Jesse Jobe really put “on a show” with his first USAWA promotion – the Jobe’s Steel Jungle Record Day. It is exciting to see a new enthusiast club like his in the USAWA. And on top of it all – the lifters in his club are exactly the type of lifters that fit into the USAWA’s philosophy. These guys (and gals) like good ole fashioned hard training, and don’t mind trying something that might be a little “out of their comfort zone”. Plus I can attest to their drug-free status as I’ve now had a chance to drug test most of them (with the exception of the KING APE himself, Jesse, who is next on my list!!).
When Jesse announced in his writeup that all together they set a total of 188 new USAWA records in their record day, I was a little skeptical. Because if this was the case, it would make their record day a RECORD record day. Never before has this many records been set in a single day in the USAWA, and that covers 100’s of meets over the past 25 years. You think of all the big meets put on by Howard Prechtel of Cleveland, Frank Ciavattone in Boston, the two iron masters in Pittsburgh, Art Montini & John McKean, Denny Habecker in Lebanon, John Vernacchio in Philly, and Bill Clark in Columbia. You would think the honor of this would be with one of those legendary promoters, but here comes the Jobes Steel Jungle!!! What a way to make an impression in the USAWA!!!
I finally got the “final count” done on the number of records and it came to 181 individual records and 3 team records. The reason it wasn’t the 188 that Jesse claimed was because there were several cases of the SAME GUYS breaking a record in the same weight class. So in a sense, a USAWA record got broken TWICE in the same day!! (but it only officially counts as one record) I was amazed at the number of records individual lifters set – newcomer Tim Songster led the way with 33, Jesse had 31, Gabby 24, Alison 21, Troy Goetsch 17, Corey Kenkel 16, Mac Capello & Bryan Benzel 9, Darren Barnhart 4, Josh Haggin 3, and poor Scott Tully only managed 1 (but 1 is all it takes to get “in the book” for the day). I won’t go into individual highlights as there were many. Several ALL TIME USAWA records were set, as well as many NOTABLE performances. I’ll save those stories for some other day. But here is a listing of the records set if you are intested: 2012 Jobes Steel Jungle RD
I did a count of current records from individual events/competitions in the Record List. Of course, this listing is only for CURRENT RECORDS and doesn’t represent the actual records set at the time, which would have been higher. However, I do feel that the 181 records set at the 2012 Jobes Steel Jungle Record Day is the most EVER performed in a single event/competition in our history. I am going to claim this as a record of records.
TOP TEN LISTING OF RECORD PERFORMANCES
|181||2012 Jobes Steel Jungle RD||Jesse Jobe|
|142||1995 IAWA Worlds||Howard Prechtel|
|127||1991 IAWA Worlds||John Vernacchio|
|124||2012 Dino Gym RD||Al Myers|
|118||2003 USAWA Nationals||Dick Hartzell & Carl LaRosa|
|112||2004 USAWA Nationals||John Vernacchio|
|112||2002 IAWA Worlds||Denny Habecker|
|109||2005 USAWA Nationals||Dick Hartzell & Carl LaRosa|
|105||1990 USAWA Nationals||Attilo Alachio|
|102||1999 USAWA Nationals||Art Montini & John McKean|
COMING TOMORROW – the update of the Records Race, which has been “shook up” from all of this recent record activity. One has to wonder if all of this recent record setting might have changed the rankings? Plus I’ll give the updates of the lifters who are “on the fringe” of making the CENTURY CLUB in the USAWA.