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Moon, Murphy, other IronDawgs excel in competitions
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Weightlifters from the Georgia IronDawgs earned five more world championships in meets on opposite sides of the globe.
IronDawgs Joey Murphy of Mt. Airy and Tim Moon of Gainesville went to the World Association of Bench Pressers and Deadlifters World Championships in Las Vegas and both came home with first-place trophies in their Bench-Only divisions.

After a forgettable Friday when he arrived at the venue, only to find they had started early, Moon came back to win on Saturday. With no proper time to warm up, Moon failed to get in a lift on Friday in his Masters class at the 275 bodyweight class, but returned on Saturday to win the Equipped Open division with a lift of just less than 728 pounds, and take another world title to go with one he won in Austria just a few weeks ago. The one in Vegas was his 11th overall world championship.

Moon is a 1972 alumnus of Jefferson High.

Murphy took his Equipped Masters class in the 275’s class with a reported PR of around 705 pounds.

At the Global Powerlifting Alliance Raw Worlds in Sydney, Australia, IronDawgs and husband/wife Russ and Dana Tripp of the Lawrenceville area battled through cutting weight and a very long trip to both set  records and win their respective Masters classes in Bench-Only.

After two successful attempts, Dana was granted two third attempts due to a technicality by the spotters. She ended up with a new record for the Masters 1 class women’s weight class under 97 pounds and the gold medal. Russ had a successful first attempt, missed the second, but came back and muscled up that weight on his third. That set a Masters 2 class men under 148.81 pounds weight-class record and secured the gold.

In the full-power meet in Sydney, IronDawg Tyler Cummings of Cumming took the gold, setting two national records along the way, as he took first place in the Junior Raw 110-kilogram class and took the overall in the Junior Raw division with a Squat of 667 pounds; a bench press of 451 pounds (American record); a deadlift of 705 (American record) and total of 1,823 pounds. On his third dead lift, he missed 734 for the world record.

Next up for some of the IronDawgs is The Body by George Meet in Grayson on Dec. 13.

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