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IronDawgs powerlifting team takes narrow victory
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New world records galore went up in a clash of champions from different associations at the Body By George Southern Powerlifting Federation Mini Meet in Loganville on Saturday. With the win, the Georgia IronDawgs hoisted another team trophy.

At first, it was announced that the IronDawgs had won by one point, then it was announced that the meet ended in a tie. In the end, meet director George Herring wound up awarding the team champion plate to IronDawg team captain and head trainer/coach Mike Kidd.

“We had a great meet,” Kidd said. “To come into the defending (SPF) national champions’ home gym and do this two years in a row is special. Congratulations to all our lifters.”

The IronDawgs are the defending American Powerlifting Committee National Bench Press team champions and were national runners-up in the full power category. A number of IronDawgs who helped Team USA win Global Powerlifting Alliance World team titles in bench-press and full-power a week ago also lifted in this meet, which was a push-pull meet. In this one, lifters could do bench-only or dead-lift-only or both. All of the IronDawg titles Saturday came in the non-equipped or “raw” classification.

T.J. Conner, a Johnson High graduate, added to his GPA World Title with a win Saturday in the 18-19 year old, 198-pound push-pull class with his bench press of 310 pounds and deadlift of 450. Conner also got a bench press award for the lighter classes.

World champ C.J. Allen of Gainesville set world records in the bench (360), deadlift (600) and total (960) in winning the Juniors 259-pound classification.

Lula’s GPA winner Robert Paden won the Mini Meet master’s men’s 40-44 year, 308-pound class and set world records with his bench (430), deadlift (450) and total (880). North Hall Middle school wrestler Lincoln Hewett added to his GPA world bench-only title with SPF wins and world records in the 13-15 age group in the bench (230) and deadlift (350) in the 181-pound class.

Oakwood’s R. Garry Glenn added to his GPA World Championship by taking home the first-place trophy and setting the world record in the master’s men’s 55-59 age group, 198-pound class with his raw bench press of 330 after weighing in on Friday at 195.4.

“There was some question as to what the world record actually was,” said Glenn, 56. “I wound up doing five pounds more than the highest thing I saw posted for my class, so I guess I hold this record — for now at least.”

Chestatee Middle wrestler Austin Flanagan took bench and deadlift titles in the 148-pound, 13-15 year-old category with a state record 200 pound bench press and a deadlift of 285 in his first meet.

Veteran lifter Tim “T” Moon of Gainesville picked up a best bencher award in the upper weight classes with his lift of 410 in taking and setting the raw world record in the master’s men’s 45-49, 259-pound class. Rene Holquin of Clermont won the 181-pound junior title with a bench of 350 and a deadlift of 450.

Gainesville’s Dwon Johnson won the super heavyweight championship with his 405-pound bench and 705-pound deadlift. The deadlift (which won him the award for best deadlifter in the upper weight classes) and total of 1,110 were both world records. Jacob Townsend, also from Gainesville, won the juniors 181-pound deadlift title with a pull of 540 pounds, which broke IronDawg teammate Holquin’s world record.

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