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Georgia IronDawgs defend state championships

POSTED: April 8, 2012 5:02 p.m.

The Georgia IronDawgs powerlifting and bench press teams got the 2012 season off to a successful start as they successfully defended their Georgia state championships at the 11th annual American Powerlifting Committee Georgia Open Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships on Saturday in Athens.

The IronDawgs, who last week were honored with a resolution for the Georgia State Senate in recognition of their 2011 achievements, racked up five Best Lifter awards on their way to again winning team trophies in the Full Power and Bench-Only categories.

In the bench-only division, Dahlonega’s Eric Head won the Open Best Lifter Award with his bench of 187.5 kilograms/413.36 pounds to take first place in the 165.35 pound raw (unequipped) classification. Grayson’s Dana Tripp won the women’s 114.64-pound women’s 35-40 year old raw class bench BL with her press of 89.29 pounds.

Both Head and Tripp set American records in their wins.

In full-power, Gainesville’s Gary Hatfield, the strength coach at Brenau University, took the Master’s Best Lifter award, winning the Master’s Men’s Equipped 50-54 year old 220.05-pound weight class with his total of 1,708.57 pounds. Hatfield had a squat of 661.38, a bench of 507.06, and a deadlift of 540.13 pounds.

North Hall athlete, 14-year old Lincoln Hewett took the teen male BL with a squat of 347.22, a bench of 275.58, and a deadlift of 363.76 pounds. All of his lifts and his total of 986.56 pounds were American records in the Raw Male 13-15, 198.41-pound category.

The IronDawgs swept the teen awards when Alpharetta’s Ariel Bulmesh won the Ladies’ BL award with a win in the Raw 16-17, 132.28-pound class with a squat of 248.02 pounds, a bench of 170.86 pounds, and a deadlift of 325.18 pounds. Her bench, deadlift and total of 744.05 pounds were all national records.

Other IronDawgs who won in the full power categories were Winterville’s Andy Williamson with American records across the board in the MM Raw 45-49, 242.51-pound class (squat 429.9 pounds, bench press 319.67 pounds, deadlift 473.99 pounds, and total 1,223.55 pounds), as well as Suwanee’s Landon Jameson in the Open 308.64-pound weight class (squat 622.8 pounds, bench press 440.92 pounds, dead lift 551.15 pounds and total 1,614.87 pounds).

East Hall alumnus Dwon Johnson won the sub-master 140 kilo-plus class with four records (squat 804.68 pounds, bench press 440.92 pounds, deadlift 705.47 and total 1,912.49 pounds)

Team Fullpower captain, C.J. Allen of Gainesville, won the Junior Men’s Equipped 125-kilo class with a total of 1,416. 46 pounds despite having to take a token lift in the deadlift after tweaking his back early on. His squat of 755.08 pounds and bench press of 496.04 pounds were both national marks.

Kevin Eubanks of Bogart rebounded from major knee surgery and a near-fatal staph infection last year to win the MM 40-44 Raw 181.88-pound class with records in all categories: squat 385.7 pounds, bench press 314.16 pounds, deadlift 501.55 and total 1,201.51 pounds.

Trion’s Danny Overbay also helped out the IronDawgs with his win in the Equipped MM 50-54 90-kilo class (squat 600.76 pounds, bench press 330.69 pounds, deadlift 518.08 and total 1,449.52 pounds).

Uwe Thormann of Palm Harbor, Fla. drove up to lift with the IronDawgs and won the MM 55-59 110-kilo Equipped Bench-Only Class with a press of 385.81 pounds and the Raw Push/Pull (bench/deadlift) with a 330.69-pound bench press and a 507.06-pound deadlift, totaling 837.75 pounds

In bench-only, Dana Tripp’s husband Russ set an American record in the Raw MM 40-44 165.35-pound class with his winning lift of 297.62 pounds.

Veteran lifter George Bradley of Gainesville won the Equipped MM 55-59 148.81-pound class with his press of 225.97 pounds

The dean of the IronDawgs at the meet was Oakwood’s R. Garry Glenn, who turns 58 next month and who took first in the Equipped MM 55-59 year-old 90-kilo class with a lift of 396.83 pounds.

“C.J. (Allen) and I are both very pleased with defending our team titles in fullpower and bench,” Glenn said. “We’re really glad to have some new blood with the IronDawgs.

“We now have folks in their teens, 20s, 30s and 40s lifting with us old guys. We’ve got some of the strongest people in the world in their respective classes on our team. We’d like to say thanks to our former captain Mike Kidd who’s meant a lot to all of us in many ways over the years, and I would also like to express our gratitude to Butch Miller and the State Senate for the high honor they gave us. We’ll do our best to try to live up to it.”

The APC Nationals will be June 1-3 at the Clarion Hotel in Jonesboro.


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