Zercher Classic

by Al Myers

ZERCHER STRENGTH CLASSIC

The Zercher Strength Classic, the oldest meet in the USAWA, just concluded with another year of competition. This long-standing meet has been a fixture at Clark’s Gym since the early 80’s to honor the St. Louis Strongman Ed Zercher.

Four brave lifters showed to tackle this 13 event affair – all held over the course of one day.  Joe Garcia came out the champion of the meet, with a 7470 pound total. Newcomer Dave Emslie came in second over a couple of wily veterans Bill Clark and Al Springs. Bill Clark commented in a letter to me with the results that Dave “may be a tough competitor in the future in many lifts.”

I was glad to see Bill lifting in the meet.  He put up a solid hip lift of 805 pounds, even though he commented in his letter that he had hoped to get 1000 pounds, but said he must be careful with the replaced hip and broken femur. For those unaware of Bill’s joint replacements, he has had more than most people have fingers!

Afterwards there was a record day session, as if the 13 event Zercher meet wasn’t enough! Many new USAWA/IAWA records were set by Joe, Bill, and Dave.  It looked like a great day of lifting!

MEET RESULTS:

Zercher Strength Classic
Clark’s Gym
Columbia, MO
March 29th, 2014

Meet Director: Bill Clark

Officials: Bill Clark, Joe Garcia

Lifts: Leg Press, Clean and Press- Heels Together, Continental to Chest and Jerk, Deadlift – One Arm, Hack Lift, Deadlift – heels Together, Zercher Lift, Steinborn, Bench Press – Feet in Air, Hand and Thigh, Neck Lift, Hip Lift, Harness Lift

Joe Garcia Dave Emslie Bill Clark Al Springs
AGE 60 73 81 72
BWT 214 175 238 196
Leg Press 400 400 200 300
C&P 155 95 —– 95
C&J 165 105 —– ——
DL-1 225R 225R 155R 155R
Hack 280 250 185 250
DL-HT 280 250 135 250
Zercher 225 200 —– 125
Steinborn 145 105 —– 105
BP-FIA 215 165 100 135
H&T 1175 475 325 400
Neck 405 235 100 145
Hip 1665 805 805 705
Harness 2065 1105 1105 875
TOTAL 7470 4270 3105 3545
ADJ PTS 7779.6 5524.9 3587.2 4234.4

NOTES:  All lifts in pounds. BWT is bodyweight in pounds. ADJ PTS are adjusted points corrected for age and bodyweight.

RECORD DAY LIFTS

Bill Clark

Crucifix 10lbs
Curl – Cheat 45 lbs
Deanna Lift 235 lbs.
Deadlift – Left Arm 155 lbs.

Dave Emslie

Crucifix 50 lbs.
Curl – Cheat 95 lbs.
Deanna Lift 430 lbs.
Deadlift 215 lbs.
Deadlift – No Thumbs 265 lbs.
Deadlift – Middle Fingers 145 lbs.
Deadlift – Ring Fingers 145 lbs.
Deadlift – Index Fingers 145 lbs.
Pullover – Stiff Arms 65 lbs.
Pullover and Press – Wrestlers Bridge 65 lbs.

Joe Garcia

Crucifix 70 lbs.
Curl – Cheat 135 lbs.
Deanna Lift 430 lbs.
Deadlift – Fulton DB, Left Arm 157 lbs.
Saxon Snatch 65 lbs.
Brick Holdout – Right Arm 14 lbs.
Brick Holdout – Left Arm 14 lbs.

Dave Beversdorf

Leg Press 700 lbs.

Bryan Mann

Leg Press 700 lbs.
Bench Press – Feet in Air 325 lbs.

Zercher Strength Classic

by Al Myers

Bill and Joe have made plans to host the annual Zercher Strength Classic at Clark’s Gym on March 29th.  The date is later this year than usual – which hopefully will help with the attendance.  The ”traditional day”   often fell on Super Bowl weekend which might hinder those passionate football fans from attending, and having it later will help avoid those nasty winter storms in Missouri.   This meet has a deep history in the USAWA, and could be said to be the meet that “started it all”.  Many great all rounders got their start by entering the Zercher.  It contains 13 hard all round lifts to be completed.  Bill stated in his letter to me that the meet will be a one day affair this year.  So get a good night’s sleep,  eat a energy rich breakfast, strap on those lifting shoes tight,  and come prepared for a full day of lifting!!!

MEET ANNOUNCEMENT

Zercher Strength Classic and Record Day

Meet Director: Bill Clark and Joe Garcia

Date: Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Venue: Clark’s Gym, Columbia, Missouri

Weigh-ins: 8 – 9 AM

Start Time: 10 AM

Entry Fee: None

Entry Form: None

Awards: None

Membership: Must be a current USAWA Member

Lifts: Leg Press, Deadlift – One Arm, Deadlift – Heels Together, Hack Lift, Continental Clean and Jerk, Clean and Press – Heels Together, Zercher Lift, Steinborn Lift, Neck Lift, Hip Lift, Harness Lift, Hand and Thigh Lift, and Bench Press – Feet in Air

To enter, a confirmation must be sent to Bill Clark by the Tuesday preceding the meet. Bill can be reached by phone: 573-474-4510, Fax: 573-474-1449, or mail: Bill Clark, 3906 Grace Ellen Drive, Columbia, Missouri, 65202

Zercher Meet

By Joe Garcia

MEET RESULTS – THE 2011 ZERCHER MEET

The mighty have fallen. This last Saturday, Jan 29, the longest running meet in the USAWA, in fact dating prior to the formation of the USAWA, the Zercher meet was once again held in Clarks gym at Columbia, MO.  At one time, it was one of the premier meets  of our organization,  but recently has fallen on small times.  This one was no exception.  We had a total of three people in the gym, Bill Clark who judged the meet; Tom Powell, our exceptional loader, who never lifts in any of these meets, but like clockwork, shows up to put the weights on the bars; and myself, the lone lifter in the meet.  Quite a bit different from the ones back in the late 80’s,  where we ran three platforms for the lifters.  Consisting of 13 lifts, it makes for a hard day on the body.

On a side note, we may see Bill back lifting in the near future.  He has been to Atlanta to see his favorite surgeon, and they will be replacing his shoulder down the road.  That will be welcome news as he really can’t even move his arm more than about 3 – 4 inches at this point.  Add a new hip and he’ll be good as new.

Since I have been favoring a rotator injury from last summer that started out with a fall from a horse, I pretty much knew that the overhead lifts and the bench weren’t going to be too outstanding for me.  I was correct in that they were all down in poundages, though not as much as I thought they would be.  In the other lifts, except for the Hand and Thigh, I either was able to do the same as last year or bettered a couple of the lifts.  The older lifters in the association will understand how that becomes a victory.  Anyway, for the most part I was happy with the results, and as always, enjoyed seeing Bill and we did end up at the Golden Corral for a late lunch.

2011  Zercher Meet
Clark’s Gym, Columbia, Missouri
January 29, 2011

Meet Director:  Bill Clark
Official:  Bill Clark
Loader: Tom Powell

Lifts: Leg Press, Heels Together Clean and Press, Clean and Jerk, Heels Together Deadlift, Bench – Feet in the Air, Hack Lift, One-Hand Deadlift, Zercher Lift, Steinborn, Neck Lift, Hand and Thigh, Hip Lift and Harness Lift.

Results

Lifter Age BWT Lg Press HT Press C&J HT Dead Bench
Joe Garcia 57 212 400 150 165 315 205
Hack 1Hd Dead Zercher Steinborn
275 245 -R 255 195
Neck HandThigh Hip Harness Total
375 1075 1675 2300 7630

All results in pounds.  BWT is bodyweight in pounds.

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