MEET REPORTS and RESULTS
The 2011 Atomic Athletic Tractor Pull Weekend Meet
MEET REPORT by Scott Schmidt
On August 20Th, Roger LaPointe was the Meet Director of another fun and successful USAWA All Round Weightlifting event. Located in Bowling Green, Ohio, the competition drew several Hall of Fame members as well as a good amount of new members. I am providing this brief overview for our organization for 2 reasons. One, to inform our readers what took place. And two, to say Thank You to Roger for his efforts in helping grow our membership by being able to conduct competitions at his facility.
The lifts that took place were; The one arm dead lift, the clean and push press, and the trap bar dead lift. Since we had acceptable weather that day, the competition was held outdoors. Roger will be providing the detailed results from each lifter. I just wanted to let everyone know that we all had fun, many records were set, and a great spirit of camaraderie was felt by all participants.
As we know, to be successful in our sport takes a lot of effort. What was another great characteristic of this event was all the participants enthusiasm. Encouragement to one another, and a happy conclusion with the top 5 athletes receiving medals. Enjoy competing showing your strength? Join the USAWA. You will have an opportunity for recognition and be rewarded for your efforts. We have many lifts to chose from. So if you want to attend a record day meet and see what you can do, I am certain you will enjoy participating in the USAWA. We highly respect the accomplishments of any strength athlete. And you will feel proud once you can get your name on the record list.
MEET REPORT by Roger LaPointe
Boy, we sure had a great day to lift. Last Saturday, August 20, 2011, turned out to be a beautiful day. Really, any day with a weightlifting meet that goes without a hitch is a good day, but this was a GREAT day. The competition platform was outside at the Atomic Athletic Tractor Pull Weekend USAWA Meet. Outdoor meets are always a risk in Northwestern Ohio, we can have all four seasons in one day. Yet, just as it started to heat up, we had a few clouds roll in, making it slightly overcast. Perfect.
Here are some highlights from a flawless three lift All Round Weightlifting event. The lifts were: the One Hand Barbell Deadlift, Clean & Push Press, and Trap Bar Deadlift; which were competed at in that order.
The Top 5 Male Lifters, by formula were:
1stPlace: David Polzin
2ndPlace: John McKean
3rdPlace: Dennis Habecker
4th Place: Scott Schmidt
5thPlace: Roger LaPointe
While all the lifting was very well done, I really have to congratulate Dave Polzin for winning Best Lifter. His first All Round Meet was our Atomic Athletic Great Black Swamp Picnic Meet, of this last May. Dave was a National Level Olympic style weightlifter in the late 1970s through the mid-1980s. Dave’s highest placing was second in the US Nationals, in the 110 kg weight class. He was known for his powerful clean & jerk, with which he hit 200 kg (440 lbs.). It was obviously a good background for the All-Rounds, which is not always an easy transition. Dave had never done a one hand barbell deadlift until last April, yet, on Saturday, he pulled 132.5 kg (292.1 lbs.). His clean & push press was another world record for his 61 year old age group (60-64 years), at 100 kg. I believe he has more than that in him and he has to power clean the weight. Like many of us, his knees are not what they used to be. Dave had never seen a trap bar until he started training at Atomic Athletic and he pulled 205 kilos (451.9 lbs.). Today, Dave lifts in the 100 kg weight class. We hope to see a good deal more of his lifting in the All-Rounds.
The officiating was outstanding, having five international level officials taking turns as judges. This was also a drug tested event. We have had two USAWA events here at Atomic Athletic, with both of them being tested. There are an increasing number of officials and regular USAWA lifters checking out what we have going on here. I really think they are most pleased by the number of new lifters we have been bringing into the organization. There were three brand new lifters competing on Saturday, with many of the new lifters competing for a second time. While attempting to maintain professionalism, we also like to keep it fun, with a relaxed and positive atmosphere.
Make sure to check out our next meet. It will be announced in the very near future. Call me at Atomic Athletic if you have any suggestions for lifts (419)352-5100.
Atomic Athletic Tractor Pull Weekend Meet
Bowling Green, OH
August 20th, 2011
Meet Director: Roger LaPointe
Officials (3 official system used): John McKean, Denny Habecker, Scott Schmidt, Art Montini, Bob Geib
Lifts: Deadlift – One Arm, Clean and Push Press, Deadlift – Trap Bar
NOTES: BWT is bodyweight listed in kilograms. All lifts recorded in pounds. Total is total pounds lifted. Points are adjusted points corrected for bodyweight adjustment and age allowance.
EXTRA LIFTS FOR RECORDS:
Clean and Push Press: 143 pounds
Deadlift – Trap Bar: 286 pounds
Deadlift – Trap Bar: 220 pounds