GAINESVILLE -- It was a good day, but not a great day in the home gym of the Georgia IronDawgs at the Iron Beast on Saturday at the North Georgia Ox Mover's powerlifting and benchpress meet, sanctioned by the World United Amateur Powerlifters' (WUAP)-USA division.
The Dawgs came away with a national record and two Best Lifter awards, but the 'Dawgs Tim "T" Moon failed to get the 805 pound bench press he has long been chasing. Lifting in the Master's Men's 308 pound 50-54 year old Equipped class, the 280 pound Moon went 0-for-3 on his attempts.
"Well, (I'm) very disappointed today; 805 was not to be had," Moon said. "Close but no cigar."
A large crowd had turned out to watch Moon attempting to become the top ranked 50-year old benchpresser in the world. His last attempt was his closest, but he could not get the proper angle under the weight to push it.
"Tim apologized for not coming through," said IronDawg Bench-Team captain, R. Garry Glenn of Oakwood, a Jefferson High alumnus. "I've seen him do that weight in practice and the fact is, T Moon is one of the strongest men on planet Earth and I feel it's just a matter of time before he gets it in a meet. I am pleased with a couple of our guys getting Best Lifter Awards and the fact that we had some of our guys who've taken some time off get back into meet competition. Eric Head and Duane Manning in the bench and "Little John" Collier in the both the bench and full power divisions and Jance Footit in fullpower haven't lifted with us in awhile and it's great to see them back on the platform."
The IronDawgs' 148-pounders Head of Suwanee and George Bradley of Gainesville swept the bench press BL awards.
Head lifted raw or unequipped in the meet, and pressed 350 to win the Open division, while Bradley in the Master's Men's 55-59 year-old class won the Equipped side with a lift of 225.
"That's (about) five pounds more than I got last time (in Savannah in February)," said Bradley, pleased with his effort. He missed his last attempt at 235 while Head fell shy in two attempts at 400.
Glenn, at a bodyweight of just over 202 pounds, himself broke the WUAP-USA Raw MM 220-pound class national record with his second attempt of 315 pounds, then re-set it twice more with a third lift of 325 and a fourth lift of 330.
"Yeah, I had a good day, thank God," Glenn said. "Our coach Mike Kidd said I might have had a little more in me; but that's around 10 pounds more than I got in Savannah, so I'm quite happy with that. This is probably my last meet in the 50-59 age class as I turn 60 in May, so this is a good way to finish up in this division." Glenn won the class and was second overall in the Master's Bench standings to 275 pound, 40-44 year-old Raw winner William Allen, of Marietta, who pushed 420.
Manning, of Flowery Branch achieved his goal of 315 in taking the title of the Raw 198 pound 40-44 year old division. Collier, also of Flowery Branch, benched 335 to win the Raw bench-only Junior (20-23 year old) 220 class while adding a squat of 365 and a deadlift of 455 to win that Raw fullpower division as well with his total of 1,155. Footit of Gainesville had a squat of 500 pounds, a bench press of 365 and a deadlift of 590 to total 1,455 in winning the Raw 220 pound Open Fullpower class. IronDawg Zack Layfield won the Raw MM 70-74 year old 165 pound bench-only class with his bench press of 175 pounds, falling just shy of a PR of 195 on his third lift.
The Best Lifter Award in the Raw Fullpower class went to 275-pound Champion Michael Howell of Meansville, Georgia, close to Griffin who squatted 725; benched 440; and deadlifted 770 to come only 65 pounds shy of a ton total weight.
NOTES: IronDawg Landon Jameson, who spotted and loaded at this meet, Saturday March 22 in Macon, won the Central Georgia Strongest Man Title in the superheavyweight division.
At the American Powerlifting Committee State Meet in Athens, IronDawgs and Raw Master's husband and wife lifters Russ and Dana Tripp of Lawrenceville had good meets. Russ ended up with 145 kg./319.67 lbs. which was enough to win his class. He just missed setting a new American record with a fourth attempt that he just wasn't able to push. That was down over last year but up since having to rehab a shoulder injury. Dana won her class her class setting new State and American records with a final of 46.5 kg / 102.51 pounds. She also added another Best Lifter trophy to her collection. Russ had weighed in a little under 163 pounds and Dana a little over 111. Dana also earned her referee badge, so she is now official to judge any State or National APC competition.