by Eric Todd
BATTLE IN THE BARN
This Saturday past, the weather could not have been better as we hosted the Old Time Strongman meet “The Battle in the Barn”. It was the first USAWA meet hosted at my strongman gym, and hopefully there will be more to follow. The meet consisted of 4 lifts: The Apollon’s Axle, the Goerner Stroll, the Crucifix, and the People’s Deadlift. We ended up with 9 lifters from 3 states in our inaugural all-round meet, and a great battle ensued. Some of the highlights of the day for me were as follows:
* Chris Anderson and Bryan Benzel going toe to toe in the Apollon’s axle, with Chris hitting an easy 325 and Bryan hitting a big PR at 355.
* Lance Foster and Bryan Benzel both missing an attempt at the Goerner Stroll, resetting the weights and completing the course for PR runs.
* Mike Murdock hanging with the young guys on the crucifix, and even repping one attempt just to show off.
* Mike Murdock, Dean Ross, and Joe Garcia competing on back to back days; something many guys a fraction of their age would not attempt.
Here are the results of the divisions:
1st place- Jesse Jobe
1st Place-Bryan Benzel
2nd Place-Chris Anderson
3rd Place-Scott Tully
1st place- Darren Barnhart
2nd Place- Joe Garcia
3rd Place-Dean Ross
4th Place-Lance Foster
5th Place-Mike Murdock
Overall Best Lifter- Bryan Benzel
A huge thanks to all the athletes who came out and competed. Bryan edged out his training partner Jesse Jobe for the Best lifter award. This was a great battle all day. Thank you also to Al Myers for serving as head judge, Rudy Bletscher for taking pictures, and Thom VanVleck and John Obrien for spotting and loading. Without you all it would have been a much longer day. I am looking forward to next time!
Battle in the Barn
Old Time Strongman Competition
March 25th, 2012
Meet Director: Eric Todd
Officials (1 official system used): Al Myers
Loaders: John O’Brien, Thom Van Vleck, Eric Todd
Events: Apollons Lift, Crucifix, Goerner Stroll, Peoples Deadlift
NOTES: BWT is bodyweight in pounds. All lifts recorded in pounds. Total is total pounds lifted. Lynch is the adjusted Lynch Points. Points are adjusted points for bodyweight and age correction.