On November 5th, 41 lifters came to the Knights of Columbus Hall and ROCKED the venue! Spectators were packed in, standing room only and at times they rushed the stage in an effort to congratulate their favorite USAPL star.
In what could have been the performance of a lifetime, Greg Chrun captured the opportunity, and produced a moment that will live forever in everyone's mind. As far as big lifts, I can name a few that I've been present for over the past, that really stick out. I was there in 1988 for Mike Bridges' squat of 750 at 181 when he made his return. In 1989, I was there at Wentzville when Dallas Terrell benched 501 lbs. at 198 in a T-Shirt. And in 1997, I stood just 6" from WWE star Mark Henry when he dunked 903 lbs, in Chicago. Greg Chrun's 600 lb. benchpress has earned a spot in my mind as one of the greatest and more special moments that I've seen.
Upon completing it, we had him come out for a curtain call and placed him standing on top of the benchpress, in a moment only fitting for a bench press king. The place was simply on fire with what they had just watched.
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Here are just a few comments of what people are saying...
"...I would like to thank you and the USAPL for putting on one hell of a meet yesterday. All of your hard work does not go unnoticed by everyone. The electricity at these things is unparalleled by any other sport in the world and I hope the public's interest in this sport continues to grow...Great meet, cannot wait until March!"
"...Probably the most spectators I've ever seen at our local meets. This is good and shows that powerlifting is alive and well in Missouri/Illinois! Great work Rick Fowler! As always he puts on the very best competitions. Lots of people on hand to help. GIGANTIC Congrats to Greg Chrun...he is a beast and is defying age. 600 @60 years old is insane and probably one of the most will powered bench presses I've ever seen...."
"...Hey,Rick that was a great meet yesterday!! and a great location as well!! Thanks!!..."
Indeed it was a great time for all. Plans have already begun for the 2012 Missouri State/Ozark Championships.
Thanks to everyone who made this event possible,
Meet Results: Results in MS Excel
As the warmups for Flight A squats were wrapping up, a loud thud commenced from the warmup area. In his final warmup, Micah Marino felt his hamstring pull and lost control of the bar. Thankfully he wasn't seriously injured, but a question immedietely came up:
Would he be able to compete?
After passing his opening squat while he recovered, Marino came out and squatted 540 lbs. in round 2. It ended up being all he would squat since the 584lb. 3rd attempt was just too much with a damaged wheel.
In the benchpress he completed only his opener of 341 lbs., and when the bar was put to the floor for the deadlift, he hauled up 545 lbs. Making 2 out of 3 attempts in the Deadlift, coupled with just one lift in both the squat and benchpress left Marino with a 4 for 9 performance. Not normally the stuff great days are made of, but Micah's 4 for 9 outing still earned him the best lifter award. Congratulations to Micah on capturing the Best Open Lifter cup even on an off day!
In a duel worthy of a WWE ring, Tom Scagliarini went head to head with fellow stable member Duane Winkler. The two went back and forth all day, with the deciding factor being Cadillac Tom's careful lifting: He went 9 for 9, missing not a single lift the entire day. Duane had the bigger pull and waited for Tom to misstep but it wasn't happening. 181 lb. bragging rights at the Belleville Weightlifting Club go to Tom Scagliarini for the Winter!
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