In Class I bench Joseph Withers set a Washington State
Record with 374 at 165 and Doug Mulder set an Oregon State
Record of 479. You can not set World Records in Class I in WABDL. Withers
was the outstanding lifter light weight and
Mulder was the outstanding lifter for heavyweight.
In Open Men's, guest lifter Ryan Kennelly, was primed to
do 750 lbs. at about 285 lbs. body weight. He got sick and
came in at 264 and opened with 705 lbs. He missed it twice but got a gift
on the 3rd. There were 562 lifters in the
meet 770 benchers and deadlifters which means 770x3 attempts per lifter
=2310 calls, not counting 4th attempts, by
the judges. I would say there were about 50 blown calls -95% of 2310 is
2194 so 90% of the judging was good. Now if
you only have 150 lifters x 3 = 450 calls so 50 blown calls = 87% of the
judging was good which is not acceptable. Moving
on with the Open bench at 165 lbs. Sean Kaneshiro set a World Record with
447 to beat Joe Luther who is only 20 years
old and did 441. At 181 Lee Jones beat 11 lifters with 479 1/2.
Outstanding lifter for that session was Lee Jones. Open
114-181 was contested on Thursday. Open 198-242 was contested on Friday.
In open 198 Gustavo Warrington set a
World Record 557 1/2 to beat his old record by a pound and was named
outstanding lifter. At 220 Dr. Michael Ludovico
ended up with 551.Two months previously he did 573. At 242 lbs Shane
McShane of Hawaii beat out 9 other lifters from
India, Sweden, Texas, Minnesota, Hawaii, California and Oregon with 584
In Open Men’s 275-super which was contested on Saturday
Tiny Meeker of Houston, Texas beat Ryan Kennelly’s World
Record of 655 3/4 with 656 3/4. Tiny has done 661 lbs. and is moving on
towards 700 pounds. At 308 Bill Gillespie did
639. Steve Wong was 2nd with 633 and Tom Manno was 3rd with 611. At
super Mark Ned put up 639 lbs. Mark is from
Louisiana. Outstanding lifter for heavyweight Open was Tiny Meeker.
In Junior Men Shane Kido set a World Record with 352 1/2
at 148 lbs. to beat 8 other contestants from Florida,
Missouri, Texas, Germany, Guatemala and Washington. At 165 lbs Joe Luther
who was the best teenage bencher in the
world with 413 at 154 pounds. He is now the best Junior bencher in the
world with a World Record 441 at 165 pounds
weighing only 155 at age 20. At 181 John Korn III of Mississippi who holds
the World Record in both Open and Junior
with 491 1/2 had to settle for 473 3/4. At 198 lbs. Ernie Mil-Homens of
Canada put up 451 3/4 for the gold. At 220 Eric
Wright of Houston, Texas rammed up 457 for the World Title. At 242 and 275
Kevin Rose and Joel Thiessen of
Washington and Canada respectively put up 413 and 462 for the World
Titles. Outstanding lifter for the lightweight was
Joe Luther and heavyweight was Kevin Rose.
In Teenage bench age 13-15 105 pound class Johnny
Hernandez Jr. set a World Record of 101 pounds. At 123 Jesse
Chavez set a World Record of 188 1/4. At 148 Hayward Blake set a World
Record of 264 1/2.
In Teenage 16-19 at super, Scott McDaniel set a World
Record with 402. Gary Remiticado won 132 with 248 and a
Hawaii State Record. Luke Bevill of Texas won 165 with 309 1/2. Anthony
Palombo of Louisiana won 181 with 352 1/2.
Phil Davi of California won 198 with 407 3/4 and DeShaun Milliken the top
High School running back in Washington who
has scholarship offers to every major college in the county won the 275
with 413 lbs. Outstanding lifter 13-15 was
Hayward Blake and 16-19 was Phil Davi.
In Submaster Men’s bench at 165 lbs. Sean Kaneshiro set a
World Record with 447 3/4 and was named outstanding
lifter lightweight. At 181 Johnny Hernandez edged out Allen Berry (the
current World Record holder with 457) with a
451 3/4. Berry did the same weight but was the heavier man. At 198 Ed Sim
did 468 to beat 3 other contestants. At
220 Jason Jackson from Oklahoma did a huge 545 1/2. Jason is undefeated in
Tough man contests and 12 boxing
matches. At 242 Russell Kitani of San Jose blasted up 567 1/2 but has a
ways to go to catch Kim Brown Fields 616 lbs.
Never-the-less 567 1/2 was tremendous and a PR for Russell. At 275 lbs
John Stewart set a World Record with 628. He
set a World Record of 622 last June at the nationals in Dallas. John is
out of Houston, Texas and is Tiny Meekers
training partner or should I say that Tiny is John’s training partner. At
308 Jim Cunningham got a PR 606 and gave 629
a ride for a World Record attempts. Thomas McKinney took the supers with
501 1/2. Outstanding lifter for the
lightweight was Sean Kaneshiro, middleweight was Jason Jackson, and
heavyweight was John Stewart.
In Open Men’s Law/Fire Frank Wakakuwa of Hawaii benched
600 3/4 at 275 lbs to win best lifter. Frank holds the
World Record with 633. Sunday Sims II won 242 with a California State
Record 462. Kirk Nakamura of Hawaii took 181
with 380 and Bob Bish of Oregon,165 lbs, took 352 1/2.
In Law/Fire masters age group 40-47 John Minahan of
California set a World Record 512 1/2 in the 308 class. In
Law/Fire master age group 48+ Ron Hood of Oklahoma set a World Record of
529 at 275 lbs. Ron is 54 years old! Ron
was also outstanding lifter.
In Submaster Law/Fire Jason Jackson was outstanding lifter
with 545 1/2 at 220 pounds and a World Record. A.J.
Agamao set a World Record at 181 pounds with 446 1/4 and Jamie Tovar set a
World Record of 479 1/2 at 275 lbs.
Both Tovar and Agamao are members of Matt Lamarques Iron Society.
In Master Men 47-53 age group Homi Shivaie set a California State
Record at 132 pounds with 424. John Tyree of
Texas set a World Record of 600 3/4 at 165 pounds- a world class deadlift.
His team- Team Fitness came in 2nd in the
team standings. At 181 pounds Rich Hagedorn of Alabama set a World Record
with 584. At 198 pounds Anders Wahlund
of Sweden set a World Record of 617 and beat out 5 other contestants from
Oregon, Texas, Guatemala and Louisiana.
At 220 Craig De Soto of Hawaii the current World Record holder with 602
3/4 had to settle for 584, but it was good
enough to be the best in the world this year. Patrick Fay was 2nd with
567, but got a master Law/Fire World Record on
a 4th with 600 3/4. At 242 pounds Cliff Sandberg won with 600 3/4 and Tom
Ekenberg of Texas won at 275 pounds with
567 1/2. At super Leo Contreras set a World Record with 473 3/4 as well as
a California State Record.
In Junior Men age group 20-25 Ryan Snelling of Missouri
broke the World Record of 485 at 148 held by Carlos Dos
Santos of Brazil by a titanic 45 pounds - 530 pounds! Patrick Schiffner of
Germany was 2nd with 462 3/4. At 165 pounds
Duane Travis, a great deadlifter, hauled in 600 3/4 pounds for a World
Record to beat his old record by 38 pounds!! He
beat out 5 other contestants from New York, California, Texas and
Washington. At 181 pounds Tony Caprari set a World
Record with 705 weighing only 174 pounds. Tony just might be the best
deadlifter in the world. He has passed two drug
tests. He also won the Junior World Powerlifting Championships in Taiwan
earlier in the year which is a refreshing
change since we’re lucky to get one winner in the IPF World Powerlifting
and Iron World Bench Press Championships.
Caprari is just awesome! At 198 pounds Ernie Mil-Homens of Canada won with
600 3/4. Travis Osborne and Joel
Thiessen of Canada were winners in 242 and 275 with 606 and 611 3/4
In Master Men 54-60 age group at 165 pounds Gordon Santee
set a World Record with 535 lbs. At 198 class, Olicio Dos
Santos at age 56 deadlifted 700 3/4 weighing only 188 pounds. I would rank
him, Tony Caprari and Phil Andrews, all
things considered-age, weight, as the three best deadlifters in the world.
Dennis Johnson of Jamesville, Wisconsin set
a National Record with 622 3/4. At 220 Toe Preston of Hawaii set a World
Record of 611 3/4. Toe was a big help to me
in Hawaii for 15 years helping pick up weights, lumber for the stage,
building the stage etc. Skip Hall was 2nd with 562.
At 242 Daniel Smith III won with 440 3/4 and Mike Fryar the World Record
holder at 275 with 578 got a 556 for the Gold.
Robert O. Smith of Canada got a Canadian National Record of 556 1/2 at
308. Mitch Sperling set a California State
Record with 418 3/4 at 181 and Don James set a World Record of 529 at
super. Outstanding lifter lightweight was Olicio
Dos Santos and heavyweight was Toe Preston.
In Master 61-67 age group 64 year old Precious McKenzie of
New Zealand set a World Record in both open and master
61-67 132 with 447 pounds. He is a member of the British Empire one step
below knighthood. At 165 Richard Abbott
pulled 485. 5 pounds shy of his World Record. At 181 Rudy Lozano pulled a
California State Record of 485. Lindy Blas
pulled a Hawaii State Record of 440 1/2 at 148. Pete Wilson pulled a
California State record of 452 3/4 at 198. Harold
Smith, of Montana, set a Montana State Record of 413 at 220. At 242 Omar
Bruce tied his World Record of 523 1/2. At
308 Gary Johnson, of Walla Walla, WA, set a World Record of 347.
In Master 68-74 age group Ross Phillips had
an off day with 485 at 181. He holds the World Record with 529. At 198
Austin De Mello set a California State Record with 347.
In Master 75-79 age group Robert Stephan, of
LaCrosse, Wisconsin, is 77 and deadlifted 336 at 165 pounds a World
Record and he had the 2nd highest coefficient of the whole meet behind
Olicio Dos Santos of Brazil who did 700 1/2 at
188 pounds at age 56. Dr. Donald Dreyer, who is 78 and practices medicine
full time, set a World Record of 170 pounds
In Teen Men age 13-15 Adrian Brooks set a
World Record of 242 1/2 at 97 pounds. He is coached by Bull Stewart. At
148 Hayward Blake, coached by John Ford, pulled a World Record 402. At 242
Nick Heppner, coached by Sam Pecktol,
pulled an incredible 534 1/2 to beat Fernando Rigo's world record of 529.
Rigo's is from Brazil. Outstanding lifter was
In Teen Men 16-19 age group Gary Remiticado,
of Hawaii, set a Hawaii State Record of 424 at 132. Stefen Hudson of
the Washington School for the Blind set a World Record at 105 with 176
pounds. At 165 Casey Guches set an Oregon
State Record of 468 to beat out 4 other contestants. At 198 Tyrese Hayes
beat the current World Champion Phil Davi
623 1/2 to 606 even though Davi still has the World Record of 623 1/2
since he did it first the day before in another
At 220 Anthony Schlegel set a World Record
with 628. Anthony is on a full Football Scholarship to the Air Force
Academy. At 275 DeShaun Milliken, coached by Bull Stewart, pulled 628 for
a Washington State Record to beat Lee
Taylor who did the same weight but was the heavier man. Outstanding lifter
lightweight was Gary Remiticado and
heavyweight was Tyrese Hayes.
In Submaster Men Mark Freedman, of Canada,
set a World Record 479 1/2 at 148 to edge out Richard Wideman of
Georgia who did 473. At 165 Vilmar Oliveira of Brazil did 440 for the win
and World Title. At 181 Johnny Hernandez,
of Idaho, beat Nery del Cid, of Guatemala, 523 to 507 with Hernandez
getting an Idaho State Record. At 198 Gordie
Fraser won uncontested with 540. At 220 Jason Jackson, of Oklahoma, did
600. At 275 Bob Vessels, of Alabama, set a
World Record with a big 755. At 308 Malcolm Ahlo, of Hawaii, set a Hawaii
State Record with 622 3/4. At super Vince
Eldridge beat an improved S.J. Taylor 710 to 633. Outstanding lifter
lightweight was Mark Freedman and heavyweight
was Bob Vessels.
In Class I Men Jon Shapiro a Special Olympian
set a California State Record of 363 3/4 at 148. Jon is not letting his
handicap slow him down and is one of the best 148 pounders in California.
He was ably coached by Homi Shivaie. At 165
Joseph Withers set a Washington State Record of 473 3/4. Joe Ojeda, of
Texas, was 2nd with 451 3/4. At 181 Mark
Pearce, of Texas, pulled a nice 529 to beat the Texas State Record by 80
pounds. Johnny Hernandez was in 2nd at
523 1/2 with an Idaho State Record. At 198 Alexander Geitner of Germany
won with a 523 1/2 and a German National
Record. At 220 Troy Fryer won with 600 3/4 and a Michigan State Record.
Rick Kornis of Alabama was 2nd with 501. At
242 Jerry Hertager, of Medford, won best lifter heavyweight with a hug
650. He won’t be in class I anymore with that
kind of weight. Robert Cuddeback, of California, was 2nd with 534 1/2. At
275 Darryl NG, of Hawaii, set a Hawaii State
Record with 606. William Pontius was in 2nd with 573 for a Washington
State Record. At 308 Gary Brower set an Idaho
State Record with 578 1/2 followed by Barry Duncan, of Tennessee, with a
529 Tennessee State Record. At super David
Chase, of Florida, set a Florida State Record with 562. Outstanding lifter
lightweight was Joseph Withers and
heavyweight was Jerry Hertager.
In Open Women there was some great deadlifting definitely
worthy of a world championship. At 97 pounds Ana
Santiago Ordonez, of Guatemala, set a World Record with 330 1/2! At 105
Carmella Baqui, of Hawaii, was almost as
impressive with a World Record 330 1/2. At 114 Valerie Tyree, of Texas,
pulled an incredible 429 3/4 for a World
Record. Nobody can beat these three women-no Russians-no
Ukrainians-Nobody-bring them on! At 123 teenager Jill
Remiticado, of Hawaii, pulled a Hawaii State Record of 330 1/2. At 132
Jerri Lynn Lippert, of Pennsylvania, pulled a
World Record of 408 3/4 to beat Jo Walker's 407 3/4. Jo happens to be 57!
At 148 Flozzell Stewart set a Washington
State Record of 363 3/4 to beat Suzanne Williams, of Alabama, who did 341
1/2. At 165 Mariam Power, of Canada, a
very statuesque strength athlete set a World Record with 392 1/4 to beat
45 year old Mary Jacobson, of Alameda,
California, who did 374. Michelle Jagode, of Medford, Oregon, was 3rd with
341 1/2. Anytime a woman deadlifts over
325 pounds it is amazing. Your average 225 pound construction worker can’t
lift that. At 181 Valli Vance did a 281 and
Kelly Hernandez pulled a World Record 303 at 198. Outstanding lifter
lightweight was Valerie Tyree and heavyweight was
In Teen Women 13-15 age group at132 Azure
Skellington from Hawaii broke her own World Record by over 100 pounds
with an unbelievable 286 1/2 at age 14.
In teen women 16-19 age group Merissa Baker
of Texas set a World Record 242 1/2 at 114 pounds. At 123 Jill
Remiticado set a World Record, her 8th World Record in three years, with
336. At 148 Liz Kert-Kravitz, of Canada,
pulled 253 1/4 for a Canadian National Record. Outstanding lifter was Jill
In Junior Women 20-25 age group Tamara
Coulombe, of Ellensberg, WA, set a World Record of 275 1/2 at 114 pounds.
At 123 Jenni Bechtold shattered the World Record of 231 with 314. Beth
Higginbotham, of Arizona, was 2nd with 259
and Carie McKeefer former World Record holder from Oklahoma was third with
an Oklahoma State Record of 236 3/4.
At 132 Erin Moore, of Oregon, beat Karolina Liuska, of Sweden, 314 to 231.
At 148 Bonnie McMillion, of Texas, set a
Texas State Record of with 369 1/4. However; the World Record is 462 by
Judith Sverchek which is still the highest
deadlift by woman in WABDL and Judith passed 2 drug tests. At 181 Anna
Meisner pulled an Oregon State Record of 303
and at 198 Heather Myers pulled a World Record of 330 1/2. Both of these
women train at the Training Station in
Hermiston, Oregon and are coached by the owner Chris Pena. Outstanding
lifter was Bonnie McMillion coached by
In Submaster Women Vicki Patton, of Texas,
pulled a huge 242 1/2 World Record at 105 pounds. She is coached by
John Tyree. At 132 Heidi Gantz coached by Jerry Capello pulled an
impressive 374 3/4 for a World Record. I can’t
believe how many impressive lifts there were at this World Championship.
Hazel Green, of Ireland, was 3rd with 225
and Dr. Jennifer Souders who rides a 1400 CC Harley and is a surgeon was
2nd with 264 1/2. At 148 Susan Gall set a
World Record 364 3/4 to beat Suzanne Williams who did 341 1/2. At
unlimited Daria Cal set a Washington State Record
of 363 3/4 to beat Jane Morales, of Brazil, who did 292. Outstanding
lifter was Heidi Gantz.
In Master Women 40-46 age group at 105 pounds
Vickie McNeely, of Alabama, set a World Record of 253 1/2. At 123
Carol Patterson set a World Record of 337 and was named outstanding
lifter. At 132 Lyn Robinson beat Sandy
Gomez-Leon 308 to 303 1/2 and got a Washington State Record in the
process. At 165 Mary Jacobson who deadlifted
374 on Friday came back on Sunday and pulled a World Record 382 1/2 with a
tremendous, wouldn’t give up if my life
depends on it attitude. At 181 Valli Vance, of Georgia, pulled a World
Record 281. At 148 Cindy Cameron won the Gold
In Master Women 47-53 age group Patty
Pendergast, coached by Jerry Capello, set a World Record at 132 with 287
to beat Janet May’s old record of 286 1/2. Capello coached 4 women to
World Records- Pendergast, Susan Gall, Heidi
Gantz and Jenni Bechtold. Heidi Rodriguez, of Guatemala, was 2nd with 225
3/4. At 165 Betty Herriford set a World
Record with 308 1/2 the third time she has broken the World Record this
In Master Women 54-60 age group Mary Louise
Coffey, of Louisiana, set a World Record at 148 with 203 3/4 pounds.
At 198 Thea Strom, of Yuba City, CA, set a World Record of 253 1/2. In
Master Women 61-67 age group 65 year old
Grace Cloniger, of Sparks, Nevada, set an impressive younger then her
years World Record of 281! In master 68-74,
70 year old Gloria Mighell set a World Record of 88 pounds at 198.
Outstanding lifter was Patty Pendergast.
In Open Men Law/Fire Joe Sermeno set a
California State Record of 440 3/4 at 165. Erick Kuskie was a close second
with 429. At 181 Kirk Nakamura, of Hawaii, beat Richard McKeefer, of
Oklahoma, 518 to 501. At 242 Mike Smyser set a
California State Record with 523 1/2. At 275 Mike Camlin set a World
Record with 738 1/2 and was named best lifter.
In Submaster Law/Fire Andy Ellis who already
holds the World Record at 165 with 473 3/4 added the 181 pound World
Record to his collection with a 518 World Record. At 220 Jason Jackson, of
Oklahoma, did 600, 11 pounds shy of his
World Record. At 275 Darryl NG set a World Record 606 and an Hawaii State
Record. At 308 Rick Russell set a California
State and World Record with 677. He’s a "natural born" deadlifter with
only 2 workouts in three months for this meet.
Rick Russell was best lifter.
In Law/Fire Master 40-47 Joe Sermeno set a
World Record at 165 with 440 3/4. At 198 Michael Godawa set a
Louisiana State Record with 451 3/4. At 242 Arthur Clayton set a
California State Record with 518. At 275 and 308 Walt
Faulkner and John Minahan won the 275 and 308 World championships with 600
3/4 and 518 respectively. In Law/Fire
48+ Tommy Green won at 198 with 462 3/4 and Patrick Fay set a World Record
at 220 with 600 3/4. Outstanding lifter
was Patrick Fay.
In all, over 100 World Records were broken.
There were 562 lifters 770 benchers and deadlifters and the program was
140 pages in length with a color cover. The Nugget Hotel made about 1
million dollars off of the lifters in gambling,
rooms, drinking and eating. Next Years Worlds will be bigger and better
and will be in a 25,000 sq. foot ballroom with a
30x60 stage 4' high.
I want to thank Elma and Gary Thomas for the
computer and weigh in work. The MC’s Dr. Don Bell, Lisa Denison and
Chris Erhardt. The score keepers Beth Mallory and Tonya Williams, the
chief of officials Dennis Burke. Also the judges
Gordon Santee, Donna Delleree, Terry Luehrs, Dave Cheek, John and Nancy
Ford, Bob Garza, Joe McCoy, Gustavo
Warrington, Ken Anderson, Christie Hansen who also did a great job in the
weigh in room. Ron Hood who helped load
my U-Haul and who watched the door and took tickets. Rick Hagedorn who
along with Allen Young and Bob Garza helped
with various jobs. Ray Carolco and Naomi Frosland and Vickie Gruver who
helped with the scoreboard. Linda McBroom
and Lynn Jones who sold tickets.
I would also like to thank my spotter loaders
James and Dan Partch and Justin Alley. The photographer Brian Baertlein
and the interpreter for South American lifters Mary Jacobson.
Now I would like to thank my sponsors Ron
Edeman and Steve Blechman of Twin Labs and Muscular Development,
Victoria Krieser of 24 Hour Fitness, Wesley Kampen of the Powerlifting
Superstore, John Inzer of Inzer Advanced
Designs, Rick Brewer of the House of Pain, Mike Lambert of Powerlifting
USA, Mark Chaillet, Jan Dellinger and Jake
Burkhardt of York Barbell for providing the platform weights, Georgio Usai
of Forza Strength Systems for providing the
competition bench. Neal Spruce of Apex Fitness and Nutrianalysis, Kay and
Laura Lee Grizzle of High Cascade Emu oil.
Doug Patterson and Mike Bandera of Mac Barbell, Don Buehl of Vital Foods
Supplements, Johnny Anderson of Advocare,
Randy Shepherd of T-shirts Hawaii. Brian Clary and Nye Smolley of
Budweiser and Don Harina and Steve Hawkins of
Swire Coca-Cola and Jim Snodgrass for helping me get sponsors and to all
the lifters who sacrificed money and time to
participate in this event.