Summary of the Zercher Strength Classic


THE ZERCHER STRENGTH CLASSIC
America’s Oldest All-Round Weightlifting Contest
by Dale Friesz


The concept of the ZERCHER STRENGTH CLASSIC originated with the founder of the United States All-Round Weightlifting Association, Bill Clark. The first ZERCHER STRENGTH CLASSIC was held in 1982, six years before the first USAWA National Championships became a reality. The meet was created to honor Ed Zercher Sr., the famous St. Louis Missouri Strongman who performed at an extremely high level for over sixty-five years in all areas of the strength games.

MALE CHAMPIONS


YEAR
WINNER
AGE/BWT # LIFTS
TOTAL POINTS
2010 – 1/30
ABE SMITH
28/180 13 8105 7698.90
2009 – 1/31
ABE SMITH
27/180 13 8370 7950.66
2008 – 1/26
JOE GARCIA
54/226 13 8020 7635.38
2007 – 2/03
JOE GARCIA
53/233 13 8135 7635.20
2006 – 1/21
ABE SMITH
24/172 13 7897.5 7708.75
2005 – 1/29
JOE GARCIA
51/242 13 8085 7304.83
2004 – 1/31
JOE GARCIA
50/240 13 8190 7364.64
2003 – 2/01
BILL CLARK
70/238 13 5180 5523.64
2002 – 2/02
ABE SMITH
20/169 13 7790 7684.84
2001 – 2/03
JOE GARCIA
47/241 13 8050 7029.97
2000 – 2/05-06
JOE GARCIA
46/239 13 8792.5 7654.33
1999 – 1/30
DAVE DEFOREST
38/185 13 6765 6321.90
1998 – 1/31-2/01
JOHN CARTER
40/224.5 13 10080 8542.71
1997 – 2/01-02
JOHN CARTER
39/227.5 13 9895 8243.50
1996 – 2/02-04
JOHN CARTER
38/225 13 10645 8918.30
1995 – 2/04-05
JOHN CARTER
37/218.5 13 9790 8334.23
1994 – 2/05-06
JOHN CARTER
36/211.5 13 9345 8097.44
1993 – 2/06-07
STEVE SCHMIDT
37/215.5 13 10470 8975.93
1992 – 1/18-19
STEVE SCHMIDT
36/223 13 10250 8628.45
1991 – 1/19-20
STEVE SCHMIDT
35/227 13 10380 8656.92
1990 – 1/20-21
STEVE SCHMIDT
34/225 10 6430 5387.06
1989 – 1/21-22
STEVE SCHMIDT
33/212 14 8285 7189.72
1988 – 1/23-24
STEVE SCHMIDT
32/215 18 12260 10568.12
1987 – 1/24-25
STEVE SCHMIDT
31/215 16 10955 6139.18
1986 – 1/25-26
SID LITTLETON
30/161 16 9345 6672.33
1985 – N/A
SID LITTLETON
29/165 20 8320 5969.29
1984 – 1/21-22
SID LITTLETON
28/- 17 N/A N/A
1983 – 1/22-23
STEVE SCHMIDT
27/- 18 N/A N/A
1982 – 1/23-24
SID LITTLETON
26/- 16 N/A N/A


FEMALE CHAMPIONS


YEAR
WINNER
AGE/BWT # LIFTS
TOTAL POINTS
2003 – 2/01
AMORKOR OLLENNUKING
40/165 13 6165 6226.65
2001 – 2/03
AMORKOR OLLENNUKING
38/158 13 6355 6538.66
1999 – 1/30
ANGELA McBRIDE
19/136 13 3740 4235.37
1998 – 1/31-2/01
AMY BURKS
19/124 13 3470 4235.83
1997 – 2/01-02
AMORKOR OLLENNUKING
34/171 13 6070 5897.00
1996 – 2/03-04
AMORKOR OLLENNUKING
33/176 13 5920 5699.30
1995 – 2/04-05
KERRY CLARK
30/171 13 4565 4473.24
1994 – 2/05-06
KERRY CLARK
29/165 13 4695 4702.98
1993 – 2/06-07
KERRY CLARK
28/163 13 4660 4794.67
1989 – 1/21-22
DORIS De La ROSA
29/147 14 3420 3687.79
1988 – 1/23-24
DORIS De La ROSA
28/142 18 4395 4880.65

CHAMPIONS RECAP: MALE

STEVE SCHMIDT – (8) – 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993
JOE GARCIA – (6) – 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
JOHN CARTER – (5) – 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
SID LITTLETON – (4) – 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986
ABE SMITH – (4) – 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010
DAVE DEFOREST – (1) – 1999
BILL CLARK – (1) – 2003

CHAMPIONS RECAP: FEMALE

AMORKOR OLLENNUKING – (4) – 1996, 1997, 2001, 2003
KERRY CLARK – (3) – 1993, 1994, 1995
DORIS De La ROSA – (2) – 1988, 1989
AMY BURKS – (1) – 1998
ANGELA McBRIDE – (1) – 1999

MEET SITES:

MISSOURI STATE PENITENTIARY (Jefferson City, MO) – 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986
MISSOURI TRAINING CENTER FOR MEN (Moberly, MO) – 1985, 1987
CLARK’S CHAMPIONSHIP GYM (Columbia, MO) – 1988 to 2010

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