Posted: Sunday, June 3rd 2012 at 8:46pm
IronDawgs ride roller-coaster at National Championships but walk away winners
JONESBORO -- The Georgia IronDawgs pulled off a sweep of the team titles at the American Powerlifting Committee (APC) 10th anniversary national championships in Benchpress and Powerlifting at the Clarion Hotel in Jonesboro.
Last year, the 'Dawgs swept the bench and fullpower awards in Illinois. This year they were able to do so much closer to home.
Fullpower team captain Dwon Johnson of Gainesville, an East Hall Alumnus, got the Fullpower division of the IronDawgs off to a good start on Saturday with his win in the Sub-masters Raw 140-plus kilogram/308.64 pounds weight class. On Sunday, Gainesville resident Gary Hatfield, the strength coach and assistant softball coach at Brenau University kept things rolling with first place in the masterís menís equipped 50-54 100 kg/220.46 lbs class with a total in the squat, bench and deadlift of 802.5 kg/1,769.19 lbs to help the IronDawgs to the overall Champions Cup in the fullpower division.†Hatfieldís squat of 340 kg/749.56 lbs was a new world record. Johnsonís Saturday total of 837.5 kg/1,846.35 lbs earned him the Champion of Champions award.†††††††††††
The Dawgs also got wins Sunday from Georgians Kevin Eubanks of Bogart in the masterís menís 40-44 90 kg/198.41 lbs raw division (590.5 kg/1,301.82 lbs) and Trionís Danny Overbay in the equipped masterís menís 50-54, 90 kg class (637 kg/1,404.33 lbs). Also for the ĎDawgs, Steve Kylis of Venice, Fla., won, while Wintervilleís Andy Williamson finished second in his class.
Alpharetta's Ariel Bulmash also set world records in every lift with a 120 kg/264.55 lbs squat, a 77.5 kg/170.86 lbs bench press and a 137.5 kg/303.13 lbs deadlift for a total of 327.5 kg/722.01 lbs as she won the women's 16-17-year-old, 60 kg/132.28 lbs division.
Meanwhile, the newest IronDawg, 21-year-old Kyle Scott of Bogart, made his debut with the team in a big way, recording a world record bench press in winning the Juniorsí 75 kg/165.35 lbs class. Scott pressed 140 kg/308.64 lbs on his way to totaling 577.5 kg/1,273.16 lbs. Scott squatted 210 kg/462.97 lbs and deadlifted 227.5 kg/501.55 lbs.
"Congratulations to all our team members for coming away with a lot of hardware," Glenn said. "The great news is we've not only won again, we've still got plenty of†room to improve. We're especially pleased we've got some younger folks who are lifting with us now. We've got a great blend of experience and youth, so we should be OK for some time to come."
Things got off to a strong, if not perfect, start for the IronDawgs on Friday in the bench press competition.
ďWe had a number of our folks set records -- but we also had others, me included, not do what they ultimately wanted to, but all of our designated scorers got at least one lift in, won individual championships and the team won as well,Ē said IronDawg Bench Captain, 58-year old R. Garry Glenn of Oakwood. ďAlso, those that won qualified for APC financial help in getting to the Equipped and Raw (Unequipped) World Championships later this year.Ē
In addition to winning team titles and individual accolades, the íDawgs also took two Best Lifter Awards.
The judges also initially awarded a best lifter plaque to IronDawgsí standout Tim ďTĒ Moon of Gainesville -- before Moon pointed out the error. Moon finished with a press of 297.5 kg (655.87 lbs) and narrowly missed locking out a world record of 330 kg (727.52 lbs) in defending his national title in the masterís menís 45-49 equipped 125 kg (275.58 lbs) weight class.
Glenn, the dean of the IronDawgs at 58, won his eighth national championship in various age and weight divisions by finishing at 142.5 kg (314.16 lbs) in taking the first place medal in the masterís menís equipped 90 kg (198.41 lbs) 55-59-year old equipped division; but missed locking out a national record try of 185 kg (407.85 lbs) in trying to break his own mark of 183 kg (403.44) in the class. Veteran lifter George Bradley of Gainesville added to his National Title total with a win in the masterís menís 55-59 Equipped 67.5 kg (148.81 lbs) division with a press of 100 kg (220.46 lbs) He tried a world record of 115 kg (253.53 lbs) but also failed to complete the press.
ďIt was a good day, but not a great day,Ē Moon said. ďItís encouraging and discouraging at the same time.
ďI know ĎT,í George and I are all disappointed at not making those lifts, especially when you see how close we were -- inches or less. This is a very hard and humbling sport with strict and exacting standards. When you miss out on a goal, it makes you hungry to get back in the gym and work harder. As for Dana and Russ, they may be the most accomplished husband/wife team in all of bench-pressing. Iím especially happy for Ken, who despite being one of the strongest guys in the world in his class, had a stretch coming in when he hadnít gotten in a valid lift. Now heís won a best lifter plaque and qualified for two different World Championships.Ē
Other IronDawgs who won Friday included Uwe Thormann of Palm Harbor, Fla., who won the equipped, bench-only, masterís menís 55-59 110 kg class with a press of 180 kg (396.83 lbs) and took the push/pull (bench-press/deadlift combination) championship by pulling 230 kg (507.06) off the floor in the deadlift. IronDawg Greg Zarus of Pinelake won the masterís menís raw 45-49 82.5 kg (181.88 lbs) bench class with his press of 110 kg (242.51 lbs)
Another local lifter -- not competing with the IronDawgs for this meet -- who excelled was teenager Dylan Wagoner of Cleveland, who won the push/pull championship in the teen 18-19, raw, 140 kg (308.64 lbs) class. Despite being only a few pounds over the 125 kg class limit, Wagoner successfully benched 215 kg (473.99 lbs) and, on a granted fourth lift, deadlifted 307.5 kg (677.91). The World sanctioning body for the raw divisions is the Global Powerlifting Alliance (GPA). Wagonerís marks would have broken the existing bench press and full-power marks in bench-only and deadlift. The GPA is expected to consider how push/pull marks will be scored later this year.
ďIím proud of all our lifters who continue to perform extremely well at the state and national levels,Ē Glenn said.
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