by Al Myers
2014 USAWA GRIP CHAMPIONSHIPS
The USAWA Grip Championships turned out to be much more successful than I predicted with the bad weather and snow that preceded it. At one point last week I was wondering if anyone would show up! Then to my surprise – 10 lifters made it to the Dino Gym Saturday morning.
Ruth Jackson made the trip from Colorado and was the lone woman lifter in the meet, but even without any “one on one” competition she lifted outstanding. She set several USAWA records enroute to winning the Overall Best Lifter in the Womans Division. Ruth competes in the same bodyweight class as the Hall of Famer Noi Phumchaona did – so she has some pretty good records of Noi’s to contend with. Ruth also brought me some new plates for my plate collection (which has earned her some bonus votes for the lifter of the month award!!!)
Where to start with the mens lifters? That’s pretty easy – we had a newcomer entered in the meet! Keith Thompson entered his first USAWA meet as part of the KCSTRONGMAN club. Keith was also the youngest lifter in the meet. Keith lifted exceptional – with his 310 pound fulton dumbbells deadlift being his highlight lift. I’m looking forward to seeing Keith entered in more meets. Other KCSTRONGMEN members Eric Todd and Lance Foster had solid days of lifting as well.
Dan Wagman pulled off a close overall victory over LaVerne Myers and Dave Glasgow. It came down to the last event (the middle fingers deadlift) to determine the overall men’s champion. These three ended up very close in points (854 pts for Dan, 848 pts for LaVerne, and 832 pts for Dave) in the final placings. LaVerne started off with a great record-setting Dumbbell Walk of 123 pounds which was the tops of the meet. Dave lifted a 308 pound one arm deadlift which was quite impressive, as well as a 290 pound fulton dumbbells deadlift. However, it came down to “the fingers” (like a lot of past Goerner Meets) to decide the winner – and Dan’s big MF deadlift of 236 sealed the deal for him.
Scott Tully lifted big – and posted the top total of the meet at 1002 pounds. That’s quite an accomplishment in a field like this. Scott’s BIG LIFT was his record setting fulton dumbbells deadlift of 322 pounds. This earned Scott a new USAWA record as well as setting a new DINO GYM record (breaking the record held by Ben Edwards at 320 pounds). USAWA faithfuls Dean Ross and Mike Murdock rounded out the field. Dean and Mike have been extremely active in the USAWA over the past few years, and always enhances the meet atmosphere when they are in attendance.
Great day for the USAWA Grip Championships! I would say this HAS to be one of the best grip champs that the USAWA has had. I want to thank everyone who made the competition.
2014 USAWA Grip Championships
Saturday, February 8th, 2014
Dino Gym, Abilene, Kansas
Meet Director: Al Myers
Official (1-official system used): Al Myers
Scorekeeper: Al Myers
Lifts: Dumbbell Walk, Deadlift-2 Fulton Dumbbells, Deadlift-One Arm, Deadlift-Middle Fingers
EXTRA LIFTS FOR RECORD
Ruth Jackson: Deadlift-Middle Fingers 100#
EXTRA LIFTS FOR RECORD
Dan Wagman: Deadlift-2 Fulton DBS 290#
Mike Murdock: Deadlift-Middle Fingers 132#
NOTES: BWT is bodyweight in pounds. AGE is age in years. All lifts recorded in pounds. TOT is total pounds lifted. PTS are adjusted points for age and bodyweight correction.