by Al Myers
I just received the results from John Wilmot for the “third quarter installment” of the USAWA Postal Series. This meet is named the Delaware Valley Open Postal Meet – in reference to the John’s home state. The turnout might be considered “slightly down” from previous postal meets, but I understand how the entry deadline seems to “creep up” on you and before you know it, the deadline has passed. It about happened to me on this one. I want to remind everyone that each of these postal meets you compete in will add points to your total for the year in calculating the years USAWA postal champion. The next one up is the National Postal Meet which counts DOUBLE, so make sure not to miss that one! John has already sent me the sanctions for all the Postal Series Competitions NEXT YEAR, so I would say our postal competitions are in “good hands” with John being the director. We really owe him a “pat on the back” for all that he has done for the USAWA. I also want to remind everyone that these competitions are FREE OF CHARGE to compete in, and all competitors receive certificates for competing in them.
One thing that really impressed me with this Postal Meet is the “new blood” that competed. I noticed several new lifters in the list. LaVerne Myers is not a newcomer to the USAWA as he has been competing for a few years, but this is his first entry in a postal meet. I also want to point out the new participation from TEAM CRAMER of Springfield, Illinois, with Les Cramer and Marcus Synder competing. I am really glad to see that. Les is an ole’ crafty veteran of weightlifting, and has been involved through the years with many lifting organizations and different types of lifting, including powerlifting and Olympic Lifting. In a letter he sent to John which John passed on to me, he stated this is the 24th lifting organization he has competed in since 1964, which includes 366 meets, 40 squat World Records, and 7 Powerlifting World Titles. He is the current Masters National and American Masters Olympic Lifting Champion. He has also won the Pan-Am Games. He has recently faced some physical difficulties, having been diagnosed with cancer. These are his words, “I have recently returned to competition after two bouts with cancer. The good news is after my birthday on November 4th I will move up an age group and down a weight class. I do well with anything that has to do with the Snatch/Clean and Jerk, or the Squat or Bench. Not much of a puller.”. I want to point out that Les did a 290 pound Zercher Lift in this postal meet. That is quite an amazing Zercher Lift! Welcome to the fun of the USAWA Les!!!
2011 Delaware Valley Open Postal Meet
September 30th, 2011
Meet Director: John Wilmot
Lifts: Push Press – From Rack, Swing – Dumbbell, One Arm, Zercher Lift
Lifters using a Certified USAWA Official (1 official system used for all lifters):
Al Myers – Official LaVerne Myers
LaVerne Myers – Official Al Myers
Denny Habecker – Official Judy Habecker
Lifters using a non-certified judge:
John Wilmot – Judge Kay Wilmot
Orie Barnett – Judge Sam Rogers
Les Cramer – Judge Monica Cook
NOTES: BWT is bodyweight in pounds. Total is total pounds lifted. Points are adjusted points for bodyweight and age.