What happened 10 years ago in the USAWA?
by Al Myers
Garcia wins Zercher
On February 5-6, 2000, Joe Garcia wins his first Zercher Strength Classic at Clark’s Gym. Fellow gym members Mike McBride took second place while James Foster came in third. Seven lifters participated in this 13 lift meet which occurred over two days. Garcia dominated the Chain Lifts – with lifts of 1600# in the Hand and Thigh, 2300# in the Harness Lift, and 1805# in the Hip Lift. This meet also included the comeback of John Carter, who had been sidelined for two years with two knee surgeries.
Four registered clubs (Clark’s Gym, Prechtel Athletic Club, Ambridge VFW Barbell Club and Frystown Power Zone) have entered the Postal League. The first leg of this year long competition was completed.
Nebraskaland Strength Classic
Meet director Kevin Fulton won the Nebraskaland Strength Classic, barely edging out Elijah Kucera. Fulton put up big lifts in the Jerk-Behind Neck (305 pounds) and the Deadlift – Fulton Bar (505 pounds) to secure the win over 17 year old Kucera.
Deanna Springs Memorial
Josh Pemberton won the Deanna Springs Meet, beating Abe Smith and Al Springs. The meet was very close, with Josh slipping past Abe by only 13 points! A highlight of the meet was having two old JWC lifters in attendance – Wayne Smith and Wayne Jackson. Smith had developed a reputation by being a one arm pullup champion, and on this day he performed a record in the Pinch Grip with a lift of 90 pounds.
Buckeye Record Breaker
This record day was promoted by USAWA President Howard Prechtel on March 4th. An amazing 16 lifters took part! The list of those competing: Noi Phumchaona, Anna Holter, Jim Loewer, Dennis Stahnke, Chris Waterman, Bob McKenzie, Lee Gesbeck, Dennis Mitchell, Bob Cox, John McKean, Art Montini, Bob Hirsh, Walter Moss, Bill Crozier, Bob Geib, and Scott Schmidt.
Courtesy of The Strength Journal published by Bill Clark.