Argentina’s Mauro Spinardi won the men’s Best Lifter Trophy and the overall Champions of Champions Trophy, but Team USA took home the team trophies at the inaugural Global Powerlifting Alliance Bench Press and Powerlifting World Championships held in Jonesboro last weekend.
The Georgia IronDawgs powerlifting team of Gainesville had several individual world champions and medalists in the competition and helped the American team win both the bench press and full-power team trophies.
Two members of the IronDawgs also received Best Lifter trophies.
In the bench-only category, Dahlonega’s Eric Head took home the Best Lifter Award in the 67.5-kilogram class after a lift of 182.5 kilograms (402.34 pounds). The lift was also a world-record.
In the full-power category, Bogart’s Kevin Eubanks took home the Master’s Division Best Lifter trophy after squatting 207.5 kilograms (457.45 pounds), bench-pressing 147.5 kilograms (325.18 pounds) and dead-lifting 255 kilograms (562.17 pounds) for a total of 610 kilograms (1,317.25 pounds).
Eubanks said that the Best Lifter award was “very much a surprise.”
C.J. Allen of Gainesville set personal records on the way to a world-record total of 697.5 kilograms (1,537.71 pounds) and a win in the 125-kilogram, Junior Men’s Class.
T.J. Conner, also of Gainesville, won the 18-19 year-old, 82.5 kilogram division with a total of 537.5 kilograms (1,184.97 pounds), setting world records in the squat and deadlift for his age and weight along the way.
Oakwood’s R. Garry Glenn won his first raw world title and his third overall after lifting 145 kilograms (319.67 pounds) in the 55-59 year-old, bench-only class.
“I tried to break my own world record,” Glenn said. “(I) just didn’t have it today. I figure I’m about 98 percent back from my (hip) surgery. Maybe next time. Winning my third world championship after the surgery was special.”
Other bench-only winners for the IronDawgs included North Hall Middle School wrestler Lincoln Hewett of Gainesville, who won the world championship for 13-15 year-olds with his bench-press of 105 kilograms (231.48 pounds) and White County High senior Dylan Waggoner, who won the 16-17 year-old class with a lift of 180 kilograms (396.83 pounds).
Commerce’s Cleve Tatum had the heaviest bench of the day with a press of 227.5 kilograms (501.55 pounds) in taking the bench-only Men’s Open title.
IronDawg Matt Rawlins of Jefferson placed second in the 110-kilogram, Men’s Open class with his total of 610 kilograms (1,344.81 pounds), while teammate Brandon Conner of Gainesville took the bronze medal in the Men’s Open 90-kilogram class with a total of 525 kilograms (1,157.42 pounds).