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USPF Nationals Unofficial Results

(updated 7/6 2:03 pm)

Unofficial reports are coming in from the action at the USPF Powerlifting, Bench Press and Deadlift Nationals which were competed from Friday through Sunday in LaMirada, California.

Lance Karabel (shw) took the best lifter award in the Powerlifting Nationals. Karabel totalled 2,341 pounds. Alan Best (275) grabbed the award in the Bench Press Nationals, pressing 674 pounds.

Partial & Unofficial Open Class Powerlifting Results
Men
148
1. Darren Matsumoto - /450/ -
2. Scott Layman -

165
1. Dariel Unson - 507/314/440 - 1,261

198
1. Greg Buffington

220
1. Ed Koo - 650/473/573 - 1,696
Bob Gaynor - 402/380/672 - 1,454

242
1. Chris Papillion

275
1. Scott Smith
2. Brendan Luedtke
3. Bill Newman

308
1. Jim Hoskinson
Mark Bell - 821/275/655 - 1,751
Robert Lee - 677/473/501 - 1,651

Shw
1. Lance Karabel - 936/661/744 - 2,341
Dan Harrison - 705/402/661 - 1,768

Women
123
Bonnie Aerts

132
1. Becky Rich - 297/209/319 - 826

181
Nicolai Stern

198
1. Janet Loveall - 479/330/479 - 1,289

Shw
Nicki I'Anson

Bombs
Leonetta Richardson (148)
Cara Westin (165)
Eric Kratz (220)
Glenn Baggett (242)
Charles Bailey (275)
Ted Isabella (308)

Did not compete
Marcus Wild (242)

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Leonette bombed on Friday but she is benching today

Scott Smith won 275s. Brenden Leughthe (sorry about the spelling) took second. Bill Newman took third.

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WTF Happened to Ed Koo? He squatted and pulled over 700 in training!

SuperTraining Fan wrote:
WTF Happened to Ed Koo? He squatted and pulled over 700 in training!

Ed hyperextended his knee and pulled his hamstring on his 2nd squat attempt. he was still able to finish the meet and win his weight class!

Bill Newman wrote:
SuperTraining Fan wrote:
WTF Happened to Ed Koo? He squatted and pulled over 700 in training!

Ed hyperextended his knee and pulled his hamstring on his 2nd squat attempt. he was still able to finish the meet and win his weight class!

...and not to mention he took a nasty knock to the back of the head when he had to dump the bar forward during that 2nd squat attempt! Ed is one tough competitor in all senses of the word.

Robert Harris
Las Vegas, NV

Brendan Luedtke and Bill Newman had a real battle going on for 2nd place in the 275's. Great stuff from both of them and it'll be a lot of fun to see those to head-to-head in future meets! Great job to all.

Robert Harris
Las Vegas, NV

rharris wrote:
Bill Newman wrote:
SuperTraining Fan wrote:
WTF Happened to Ed Koo? He squatted and pulled over 700 in training!

Ed hyperextended his knee and pulled his hamstring on his 2nd squat attempt. he was still able to finish the meet and win his weight class!


What happened to Eric Kratz? I thought they would have posted a 1700+ total.
...and not to mention he took a nasty knock to the back of the head when he had to dump the bar forward during that 2nd squat attempt! Ed is one tough competitor in all senses of the word.

Robert Harris
Las Vegas, NV

I don't know how I messed the last post up. What happened to Eric Kratz?

What happened with Mark Bell?

shut up Tim.

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rharris wrote:
Bill Newman wrote:
SuperTraining Fan wrote:
WTF Happened to Ed Koo? He squatted and pulled over 700 in training!

Ed hyperextended his knee and pulled his hamstring on his 2nd squat attempt. he was still able to finish the meet and win his weight class!

...and not to mention he took a nasty knock to the back of the head when he had to dump the bar forward during that 2nd squat attempt! Ed is one tough competitor in all senses of the word.

Robert Harris
Las Vegas, NV

Wow I had no idea about any of this. That is pretty badass. I hope he gets back on the horse quick. He is strong as hell and could easily post 1800+ at 220.

Anonymous wrote:
I don't know how I messed the last post up. What happened to Eric Kratz?

BOMB

Anybody have anymore more results open 242s, 308s.

I did bomb and made some mistakes, I am not slamming the USPF, I had an issue with the judging consistancy. There was no consitency from judge to judge or even platform to platform on the bench. I stayed and helped others out and stood with Ed Coan during the benches, you should ask him his take on them. By the way, I was there, where were you Tim?

Changing feds and trying something new is harder than staying in your little world and never testing yourself against others, that is what this sport is about. For the record, I never said I would light it up and rock the world or however you put it. My idea was to get through the first meet and learn, and I did and will do the Fit Expo in Jan, You should join me Tim!

I feel the judging in the squat was perfect and to the rule as was the DL, the bench was an issue and if you were there you would have seen it. It seemed that some judges adopted the new rules to go into effect on Jan 1, 2010 on July 3-4th, 2009. This is is not a slam but to point out that even in a perfect world, judging interpretaion is a problem in this sport no matter the fed, Even in a fed as old as the USPF.

Am I disappointed in the outcome, yes. But I learned and will get better for it. But Tim, you cannot compare my lifts in the APF to the USPF, different rules and gear, but everyone else understands this Tim, is this so hard to understand?

Good job to Chris Papillion who won the 242's after busting his ass and coming out ahead, I have alot of reapect for this guy. I was also impressed with the performances of Ed Koo with his injuries and continuing to compete as well as Jim Hoskinson and his victory.

Good job to all the winners!

my forecast was that Chris Papillion would take the 242 all along. So very proud of him. He is unstoppable

Any numbers for Wild, Tronske, Costa, Newman.

Anonymous wrote:
Any numbers for Wild, Tronske, Costa, Newman.

Marcus didn't lift due to an injury.

I went 705/479/644-1829. had a tough time on the bench and only got my opener.

also: Mark Bell didn't bomb, he opened raw on his bench and then missed two shirted attempts, so he didn't have a good total, but he didn't bomb.

congrats to David Muro for taking a submaster deadlift record away from Tim Bruner.

Bell opened up raw? He's a beast with that shirt, what's the reasoning?

Anonymous wrote:
Bell opened up raw? He's a beast with that shirt, what's the reasoning?

well i don't want to speak for him, but the reasoning appeared to be the bench judging, so he took a weight he would use for speed work, put it on his collar bone, pressed it, got three whites to stay in the meet and put his shirt on.

There were a lot of good lifts put up this weekend. Newman is a beast. I look forward to seeing him lift again. Matsumoto got a 450lb bench at 148 and won the class, but I believe Layman won best lifter. Today a 170lb junior got up a deadlift somewhere around 4x body weight in a singlet. Another junior lifter easily benched 500lbs in a t-shirt. Alan Best took best lifter in the open bench. Sorry, I can't remember how much he lifted. It was a really good show and well worth attending.

The meet was interesting. The only thing I will say is this: I hope the USPF/WPF rules issue gets figured out soon, so all the lifters know what to expect when they get to the meet. I am sure it will all get sorted out and everyone will be happy.

SuperTraining Fan wrote:
rharris wrote:
Bill Newman wrote:
SuperTraining Fan wrote:
WTF Happened to Ed Koo? He squatted and pulled over 700 in training!

Ed hyperextended his knee and pulled his hamstring on his 2nd squat attempt. he was still able to finish the meet and win his weight class!

...and not to mention he took a nasty knock to the back of the head when he had to dump the bar forward during that 2nd squat attempt! Ed is one tough competitor in all senses of the word.

Robert Harris
Las Vegas, NV

Wow I had no idea about any of this. That is pretty badass. I hope he gets back on the horse quick. He is strong as hell and could easily post 1800+ at 220.

Koo literally smoked 650 like it was 405. Walked back with 705 and during the walk out, hyperextended his knee and TORE his hamstring. He didnt tell anyone he was out of the meet, and he could couldnt walk, but he took all his benches and, hobbling to the bench each time. Then took an easy 600 opener on deadlift and stopped. Oh, and he actually needed help on and off the deadlift platform cause he couldnt walk. So basically he won his weight class with a torn hamstring. Healthy, he would have totalled 2000, not 1800. I personally never seen something like that. This guy is a machine. You have to see him lift to appreciate how explosive he is. Not many of us would have went on with a tore hamstring and still win even though he had a bad total considering the cicumstances.

Scott Smith, Charles Baily, Ed Koo and Mark Bell was one amount many lifters I wanted to watch, but like most, lots got injured and/or bombed. Watching Ed Koo with that torn hamstring take attempt after attempt, and still win his class was insane. He either has a touch mental attitude or just plain crazy.

Got to give props to Jason Kelske and David Muro (242/220) when these guys are in the 220's it is never an easy win. Those guys fight till the last Deadlift.

The 242's was pretty damn tough! Met Glenn Baggett for the first time and have to say the guy was pretty classy. He came across the country, had an issue with the refing on his 3rd attempt squat and of course we almost all had to hit our bench openers on the third attempt and the guy walked off with class and was there to help as the meet went on.

Have to admit Chris P came off pretty cocky, but got humbled, took it real well and kept fighting. He seemed to be having a great time through it all. Good job.

Tronske hit a PR Bench and a PR deadlift. Some how that old bastard keeps getting better. I have to take the credit though, me chasing him, gives his life purpose. Your welcome, pelon!

It would of been nice to have Wild in the mix, there was way to many sawed off lifters in our flight.

Can't forget Keith Mitchell he had good fight to get his third attempt opener in the bench to stay alive and do well.
The 242's had some of the best competition a weight class has seen in a very long time.

Got to welcome Gary Garcia back to the platform, its been awhile! He got 7something on an opener deadlift in what looked like an champion suit/pajama singlet.

I had a piss poor meet , but did get a PR Dead. Back to the drawing board. This damn hobby (passion) of mine is a full time job.
Semper Fi

Ricardo Costa
Orange County
Strength Club

Just got back from Nationals.Great Meet,Great Judges Thanks Steve and Allan and Bonnie Aerts.Nothing more to say but see ya in november Ken and Mary Tawzer

Thank you Steve Denison and Bonnie and Alan Aerts! This was an excellent meet at a top notch venue. You have a lifetime customer in me if this is the quality of meet that is held on a regular basis.

On Saturday, it was pretty cool to be in the same warmup room with a great bunch of lifters like Lance Karabel, Scott Smith, Jim Hoskinson, Glen Bagget, Mark Bell, Scott Cartwright, Ed Koo, Charles Bailey, Chris Papillion, Thad Coleman, Bob Gaynor, and of course Ed Coan. Also, I have to put a shout out to the great gyms/teams here in CA like Supertraining, Team Wild Iron and the diehards (Ricardo Costa and Mike Tronske) of Orange County Strength Club. Thanks for pushing the bar higher and making all of us better lifters in the end.

David Muro
4 Star Gym
El Segundo, Ca.

The judging on the bench was very strict, there was some calls that could have gone either way but there was a lot of good lifting and the nationals this year were a lot more exciting than in previous years.

K.Tawzer wrote:
Just got back from Nationals.Great Meet,Great Judges Thanks Steve and Allan and Bonnie Aerts.Nothing more to say but see ya in november Ken and Mary Tawzer

Ken,
I have to agree that it was a great meet and extremely efficiently run. The two platform format was handled well.

It was particularly great to have that many quality lifters at one venue to be able to put some faces to names... Like yourself in particular. I had a great time in the 220 M3 class and made several new friendships/rivalries that I hope to carry on for many years yet.

Hope to see everyone at the Worlds.

Good Health and Strong Training to All,
Robert Harris,
Las Vegas, NV

ed koo's first attempt squat @ 650 was a SMOKE SHOW!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqfJbDnC1aI

The write ups by Costa and Muro are what we need to see more of after a meet of this caliber. Great insight.

Lance Karabel htit 936/661/744/2341 he attempted 975 on his third squat but missed it. Missed his 661 on his second bench but came back strong to nail it on his third. Got all three of his deads pullin sumo this time around.

ANY ONE KNOW HOW TED ISSABELLA DID IN THE 308 OPEN ,MASTERS AND DEADLIFTS.
THANKS FOR ANY HELP......GOD BLESS.....
JAMES H.BOURGAULT SR.

Can I ask a question. Were the judges from the east coast instead of the judges that are usually at the fit expo or California meets? To me it looks like they have axes to grind. If you are good multiply lifter they will take you down.

I am on the outside looking in on this meet. To me it seemed like the USPF was very well run at teh fit expo and the california meets. Seems like last years nationals the USPF took a step back as a 2nd rate USAPL.

Looked like the USPF was coming back when the Super Training guys lifted there. Is it safe to safe if you want to lift in the USPF lift and be judged faily then do it at the Fit Expo or a California meet. If you want to made an example of go to USPF Nationals where the will make sure they take you down?

I had a great time at the meet. It was at a great venue & was well run. As always, the camaraderie between the lifters & some of the great advice I got for myself & my team made the meet. There did appear to be some of the political strife that attends these meets, & the judging was very tight - so tight that virtually no one had a great day. However, it did not appear to me that the judges were giving anyone any preferential or prejudicial treatment. It was a tough, National meet, & those who lifted in it are now ready for the Worlds! Thanks to Steve Dennison for another great meet.

Anonymous wrote:
ed koo's first attempt squat @ 650 was a SMOKE SHOW!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqfJbDnC1aI

Wow. Why did he open so light?

Anonymous wrote:
I don't know how I messed the last post up. What happened to Eric Kratz?

Thanks for asking... unfortunately, I had a very bad day. My 1st two squats got turned down on depth. I opened conservative (611) and got two reds from the side. Looks like I broke on video, but you know how that goes, lol. I had heard others commenting on the judging on my platform, and realized that I was going to have to adjust after my 1st attempt got turned down. I only jumped to 650 on my second, and made sure to sink it... it was a very easy (very explosive) lift. This time, I drew a red from one side, and a red from the front on depth??? Again, the video was more even convincing on this one. I put in my 3rd attempt on 688.... I felt very confident that I could make the weight, and that it would push me down little further in the hole, so as to satisfy whatever the judges were looking for. Ed Koo got hurt immediately after I put in my attemtpt, and our flight had to wait while the squat racks, and bar, were removed and replaced, as they had been bent after Ed's attempt. There was at approx. 30-35 minute wait before I was able to get on the platform again, and I simply could not overcome that much rest between attempts... 688 failed. I am not going to sit here and complain about judging. Yes, it was extremely tight, but in the end it was up to me to adjust, and I failed to do this. Lots of guys on here know what is like to invest so much time and money into something, only to have it fall apart in a few hours. That is what I am dealing with right now. Congrats to Ed Koo for staying in the game, despite being injured. I look forward to lifing against Ed (and the others) again in the future... hopefully under different circumstances:).

Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
ed koo's first attempt squat @ 650 was a SMOKE SHOW!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqfJbDnC1aI

Wow. Why did he open so light?

for the same reason everyone else dropped their openers.

Ted hurt (tore?) his hamstring and had it wrapped, and even though in obvious pain, sat ALL day Sunday to referee us BP & DL only guys. Thank you Ted!

I refereed the Friday lifting, and yes, it was tight, but in my eyes fair. This IS a National Championship after all. I lifted in the BP only on Sunday, and missed my opener, called on touching too low, which surprised me but it was the right call. Thankfully I opened with a weight I could do raw and made my next 3 (2 in a TShirt, and a 4th in the LOOSE bench shirt), making the adjustment to touch where it needed to...

Great job Major Steve, pulling off a MAJOR task, and keeping the USPF in the forefront of powerlifting. I also want to mention my great friend Chuck LaMantia, who did an AWESOME job on the mike, keeping it interesting for the spectators with his unique style of delivery, and actually keeping the audience in their seats throughout the weekend; 3 days and double platform to boot. All in all, a great meet and great experience.

NO, California judges were not used except Gordan Santee was used Saturday for a bit (on 1 platform) for bench. Scott Laymen was used a flight or two also. they used CA judges sunday for bench only and DL only. Denison had got new shirts for some of the judges and Jeffries used this a reason to exclude Ca judges. IN reality they wanted to make an example of people from CA. True that there was no preferential treatment (other then maybe Karebels benches being called off chest while others called for belly benching the same way).

Executive board passed more defined rules to take effect today regarding chest definition. Basically its the nipples? I am NOT a belly bencher, but without a shirt I can not touch nipples when benching. Will be interesting to see who shows up next year. Also Nationals in Rhode Island next year (over Chicago!), maybe they will get 11 open lifters like last year!

Lastly CA counts for roughly half the USPF membership, yet Jeffries and Isabell seem to run USPF with no regard for CA. Steve Denison needs to make a change! People lift because of Steve!

nipples? most people touch lower then that raw, especially with a close grip.

If that is actually the rule, i can't see anyone ever getting a shirted bench in. This could have been such a great meet, but some judges with egos had to 'set an example' and make half of the lifters there have a misrible time.

Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
ed koo's first attempt squat @ 650 was a SMOKE SHOW!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqfJbDnC1aI

Wow. Why did he open so light?

His best squat PR in a meet was 611 lbs. So he was playing it safe.

Treston Shull wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
ed koo's first attempt squat @ 650 was a SMOKE SHOW!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqfJbDnC1aI

Wow. Why did he open so light?

His best squat PR in a meet was 611 lbs. So he was playing it safe.

Thought he smoked 705 in training and opens at 650? That weight looked like a waste of an attempt. But I guess it was enough to win.

Treston Shull wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
ed koo's first attempt squat @ 650 was a SMOKE SHOW!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqfJbDnC1aI

Wow. Why did he open so light?

His best squat PR in a meet was 611 lbs. So he was playing it safe.

But that was at 198 bro.

Burned WestCoast wrote:
NO, California judges were not used except Gordan Santee was used Saturday for a bit (on 1 platform) for bench. Scott Laymen was used a flight or two also. they used CA judges sunday for bench only and DL only. Denison had got new shirts for some of the judges and Jeffries used this a reason to exclude Ca judges. IN reality they wanted to make an example of people from CA. True that there was no preferential treatment (other then maybe Karebels benches being called off chest while others called for belly benching the same way).

Executive board passed more defined rules to take effect today regarding chest definition. Basically its the nipples? I am NOT a belly bencher, but without a shirt I can not touch nipples when benching. Will be interesting to see who shows up next year. Also Nationals in Rhode Island next year (over Chicago!), maybe they will get 11 open lifters like last year!

Lastly CA counts for roughly half the USPF membership, yet Jeffries and Isabell seem to run USPF with no regard for CA. Steve Denison needs to make a change! People lift because of Steve!

I thought it was strange how some judges were calling belly benching and some were not. The one judge on the white platform on saturday (gretchen was her name) red lighted just about every lift. I was starting to wonder if she actually had a white light button!

Burned WestCoast wrote:
NO, California judges were not used except Gordan Santee was used Saturday for a bit (on 1 platform) for bench. Scott Laymen was used a flight or two also. they used CA judges sunday for bench only and DL only. Denison had got new shirts for some of the judges and Jeffries used this a reason to exclude Ca judges. IN reality they wanted to make an example of people from CA. True that there was no preferential treatment (other then maybe Karebels benches being called off chest while others called for belly benching the same way).

Executive board passed more defined rules to take effect today regarding chest definition. Basically its the nipples? I am NOT a belly bencher, but without a shirt I can not touch nipples when benching. Will be interesting to see who shows up next year. Also Nationals in Rhode Island next year (over Chicago!), maybe they will get 11 open lifters like last year!

Lastly CA counts for roughly half the USPF membership, yet Jeffries and Isabell seem to run USPF with no regard for CA. Steve Denison needs to make a change! People lift because of Steve!

Let me correct you here. There were several USPF California judges used throughout Saturday's lifting. Beside Gordon Santee you had Ron Scott, Kevin Meskew, Jim Merlino, Gretchen Buerki, Scott Layman, Karen Matthews, and Pete Wilson. You also had Joe Dentice from Nevada and Micki Scheffler from Texas. Many times there were 1 and sometime 2 Calif refs on the platform depending on the various flights. There were 6 flights on each day with two platforms. The new white polo referee shirts were approved by the EC. Dave Jeffreys did not use this against Calif refs. We had to wait for approval. They were allowed to use the new shirts on Saturday and Sunday.

WPF rules take effect on January 1 for all future National meets. There is currently no definition of the chest in the WPF rulebook. We will use WPF rules in Calif after January 1.

The USPF will be fine. I've been involved with the USPF since 1984 and I'm not going anywhere. There have been things I don't like and people have ticked me off but the USPF is my home and will be till the day I die. I have submitted many agenda items over the years. Some I win and some I lose. Nature of the game. Things will be better now that we are adopting the WPF rules at all of our National meet and have the option at the local level which I will implement on Jan 1 for all Calif meets. Next year's nationals in Rhode Island will be fine. But of course if someone is still bothered by some of the turmoil and wants some smooth water somewhere else. Go for it. Hope you find it.

Steve,
Thanks for a great meet. Hopefully we can get the nationals somewhere closer in 2011 (like Vegas).
Jay

Well put, Steve.

Just want to say thanks again to Steve, all the judges, the spotters/loaders, and DJ Chuck LaMantia who is the voice of the USPF and one of the coolest men I know.

Powerlifting is the greatest sport and I was HONORED to be able to lift at the historic USPF Nationals. Meeting and talking to Ed Coan was the high point of the day for me.

Rock on!!!

Open Best lifter for Powerlifting went to Lance Karabel. I did not give out a lightweight best lifter but if I did it would have went to Scott Layman.

Steve Denison
www.powerliftingCA.com

Steve we appreciate all you do for the USPF, but especially for California. Thanks for your efforts and your well run meets.

Quote:
198
1. Greg Buffington
Bob Gaynor - 402/380/672 - 1,454

My understanding is that Bob withdrew from the 198s due to injury and re entered the 220s next day.

I was unable to attend the USPF Nationals as I had just run the AAU North Americans and AAU National BP and DL the weekend before. However many of my friends and fellow lifters attended and had ONLY positive things to say about the meet, the officials and Steve. We are truely blessed in Calif. to have meet directors who care enough to provide lifters with great events.
Steve appears to be spear heading the USPF back into a role of prominence. This can only be great for the sport !!!
As far as the list of referees, they include some of the very best.
Powerlifting and the USPF are blessed to have Steve Denison !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Martin Drake
AAU Vice Chairman Powerlifting

jphadden wrote:
Steve,
Thanks for a great meet. Hopefully we can get the nationals somewhere closer in 2011 (like Vegas).
Jay

If I get the bid for 2011 I would rather bring Nationals back to the Los Angeles area. Its easier for me financially and logistically.

I have not lifted in the USPF in 4 years. A few lbs lighter, and a few years older, but good to be back!
I knew that some rules had changed, but rules briefing was very good, and I had no problem understanding what the judges wanted. They were strict and fair at the bench press.
I don't think there is anything called "too strict".
If you open up with a lift you can handle, feel the judges, adjust yourself for this meet's judging, and take your next lifts from there. You should not have any problems with the lifting.
You can never blame anyone but yourself for not getting a lift!

Thank you Steve for putting on a great meet, again.
See you all in Vegas!!
I will be there lifting, and helping the US Marine Core powerlifing team! Semper fi!

Mari Asp

I'm anxious to see the official results. I heard some results, but haven't been able to confirm...How did Courtney Stanley do? Also heard Timbo won his class in bench and deadlift?!? Not sure, but thought maybe could confirm...Just checking on the locals!!!

I hope for the Worlds that they do not use the judges from back east they are no good judges everyone of them.California judges are the best.And becouse the best judges are out of California we should use them and only them for the Worlds.The judges from back east can stay there we don't want them,stay home

Anonymous wrote:
I hope for the Worlds that they do not use the judges from back east they are no good judges everyone of them.California judges are the best.And becouse the best judges are out of California we should use them and only them for the Worlds.The judges from back east can stay there we don't want them,stay home

i hope they do I'm not scared at all.

I think they can only have one judge from a lifter's home nation on the platform.

Big DADDY i am with you not scared at all no reason to be.Now that is out of the way,Great job at Nationals this week Mary Tawzer!!!!!!!!!.Hey when you'r Wife dose good ya got tell the whole world.Love ya Kenny

Steve, I hope you do. As there is no chance I will go to RI next year nor will any of the people I lift with. The Cal will be the big meet next year on the West Coast.

Steve Denison wrote:
jphadden wrote:
Steve,
Thanks for a great meet. Hopefully we can get the nationals somewhere closer in 2011 (like Vegas).
Jay

If I get the bid for 2011 I would rather bring Nationals back to the Los Angeles area. Its easier for me financially and logistically.

BIG DADDY wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
I hope for the Worlds that they do not use the judges from back east they are no good judges everyone of them.California judges are the best.And becouse the best judges are out of California we should use them and only them for the Worlds.The judges from back east can stay there we don't want them,stay home

i hope they do I'm not scared at all.

I'm with you and Ken T. If you had a bad day, quit crying about the refs and tighten up your lifting. Hope to see all at the Worlds.. Refs and lifters alike.

Robert Harris
Las Vegas, NV

You guys wanna bitch about judging, I switched from bodybuilding to powerlifting, bodybuilding judging will really have you scratching your heads...I'm not saying powerlifting is as simple as you lift it or you don't, but good grief, bodybuilding judging SUCKS...I know ahead of time I'll get blasted for even comparing them, but just making a statement. If you lift really clean, no judge can take that away from you, no matter what Fed you're in

I don't think Steve needs to change feds I think he needs to take over the fed. I'm sorry but the USPF was pretty much dead before Steve came along. Mover the older guys out of the fed and let the new blood take over. I can see USPF becoming a dominant fed lifters will flock to.

Billyspata4 wrote:
You guys wanna bitch about judging, I switched from bodybuilding to powerlifting, bodybuilding judging will really have you scratching your heads...I'm not saying powerlifting is as simple as you lift it or you don't, but good grief, bodybuilding judging SUCKS...I know ahead of time I'll get blasted for even comparing them, but just making a statement. If you lift really clean, no judge can take that away from you, no matter what Fed you're in

I hear you brother. I did the ribbon gymnastics thing for awhile and it was tough. No matter how flawless my routine I would get low scores. The worst thing was the laughter in the crowd. I guess a 220lb balding 45 y/o running around twirling a ribbon did look a bit ridiculous...but I loved the sport.

you've got to be kidding me. Koo opens at 650 and someone questions that attempt because it was too easy? I think that was about a 35-40 lb. best. Whatever weight class, Ed is around 209-210. After his incident Ed went to work. Did what he needed to do to win, that was a lot of heart. Nice job Ed, just skip 705 in Vegas!

Well said Greg...I can't believe the amount of naysayers on this board. Nice job Ed!

Ryan Spencer

chris pappillion is cocky but did what he said he was gonna do and won the 242 class after struggling with the strict judgeing. ed koo is the truth he has the heart of a soilder. we all need to read the rule book and get to work.great meet steve can't wait till worlds.

Anonymous wrote:
I hope for the Worlds that they do not use the judges from back east they are no good judges everyone of them.California judges are the best.And becouse the best judges are out of California we should use them and only them for the Worlds.The judges from back east can stay there we don't want them,stay home

You can only have one judge from 3 different nations on the platform. At the Worlds in Vegas you will see judges from England, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, Ireland, Holland, Luxembourg, etc.

debo wrote:
chris pappillion is cocky but did what he said he was gonna do and won the 242 class after struggling with the strict judgeing. ed koo is the truth he has the heart of a soilder. we all need to read the rule book and get to work.great meet steve can't wait till worlds.

Chris got some advice from Cartwright (who wrapped his knees by the way) as well as Coan and others. He came off as cocky to some at first but he's just crazy enthusiastic about the sport. Koo kept saying he was going to the hospital...and then not leaving. I would have been shocked if he'd really left without at least trying to bench. He's extremely competitive.

You had to be there to watch Koo hobble onto the bench, attempt after attempt and benched with 3 succesful attempts. And then barely, and I mean barely hobble onto the platform where he couldnt even walk and pull 573 (for him that is nothing) and pull for the win. This is with a torn hamstring mind you. I never really heard much about this kid but what he did was inspiring. For those that put him down for whatever reason about his openers, his bench, etc, the guy is an intense competitor. If I remember correclty, he has put 100lbs on his squat (600 to 700+) by going up to the 220's in less than a year and from what people say, he is only 210. At a full 220, he will be frightening. Makes me want to go to ST and train if that is the final product.

Scott

Chris Pappillion spent 5 years in prison due to a bar fight and has been out 1 year and has squated 800 benched 600 and deadlifted 750 all in single ply gear in the 242 class he won nationals with his worst meet this year in a class full of elite lifters. He is a fighter that knows his potential. Good job Chris I am proud of you.

I agree with one of the above statements. We need a new USPF President; Steve Denison. Period. Everyone I know agrees. This Nationals meet was great, but could have been much better with Steve as President. Look what he's done with the California membership, enough said.

Anonymous wrote:
I agree with one of the above statements. We need a new USPF President; Steve Denison. Period. Everyone I know agrees. This Nationals meet was great, but could have been much better with Steve as President. Look what he's done with the California membership, enough said.

look i like Steve as much as everyone else but all this shit about him taking over needs to stop. i don't think your doing him any favors as far as USPF politics go. it also only serves to stir up more bullshit within the fed.

the thing here is not a new president but more lifter participation in the meetings at nationals and worlds.

also the complaints i have with the bench rule or interpretation of it is the speed of it's application. the new interpretation was applied without regard to the lifters need to adapt or given notice to aquire new equipment.

Steve Denison is Great for u.s.p.f I don't care who got something to say about him. Sounds like people just hateing on him to me.

NO DISRESPECT TO LANCE BUT ED KOO LOOKED LIKE THE BEST LIFTER OF THE MEET HE FOUGHT THREW ADVERSITY AND CAME OUT ON TOP. SO ALL YOU ED KOO HATERS NEED TO SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT HIM. HE GOT MORE HEART THEN 99% OF THIS PLANET. I ADMIRE TEAM SUPER TRAINING IF IT WAS NOT FOR SCOTT CARTRIGHT MY ASS WOULD HAVE BOMBED TO. I LOOK UP TO MARK BELL,KOO,CARTRIGHT,JIM MCDONALD,MY BOY JAUN, ED COAN,AND OTHER LIFTERS LIKE CHARLES BAILEY,SCOTT SMITH,BIG LANCE, I ALSO RESPECT MY BOY KEITH MITCELL WHO FOUGHT TO STAY IN THE MEET.
WHO EVER SAW ME AS COCKY YOU DID NOT SEE THE STRESS IN MY HEART WHEN I WAS BEING LOOKED AT BY THE PEOPLE I LOOK UP TO MOST THATS DAMN NEAR EVERY LIFTER AT THE MEET. AS A KID I DIDNT LOOK UP TO MICHEAL JORDAN. I WOULD ACT LIKE I WAS ED COAN STANDING IN THE MIRROR ACTING LIKE I WAS TRYING TO WIN A MEET ON MY LAST DEADLIFT. SO LOSE THAT COCKY SHIT.I AM CONFIDENT I CAME TO WIN AND GOT HIT IN THE FACE WITH STRICT JUDGING. IF I DIE HALF THE LIFTER AS SOME OF MY PEERS I WILL BE HAPPY. IT WAS AN HONOR TO BE IN THE ROOM WITH ALL OF Y'ALL. THANKS TEAM SUPER TRAINING IF YOU EVER NEED A LIFTER TO FIGHT FOR YOUR TEAM I WILL GO AGAINST ANYBODY FOR YOU. I RESPECT Y'ALL ALOT. SEE Y'ALL AT WORLDS. THANKS STEVE FOR NEVER BLOWING OFF MY CALLS AND ANSWERING ALL MY QUESTIONS YOU ARE A GREAT LEADER I WILL BE AT THE AMERICAN CUP IF I GOT TO WALK THERE. TAKE CARE.

chris pappillion wrote:
NO DISRESPECT TO LANCE BUT ED KOO LOOKED LIKE THE BEST LIFTER OF THE MEET HE FOUGHT THREW ADVERSITY AND CAME OUT ON TOP. SO ALL YOU ED KOO HATERS NEED TO SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT HIM. HE GOT MORE HEART THEN 99% OF THIS PLANET. I ADMIRE TEAM SUPER TRAINING IF IT WAS NOT FOR SCOTT CARTRIGHT MY ASS WOULD HAVE BOMBED TO. I LOOK UP TO MARK BELL,KOO,CARTRIGHT,JIM MCDONALD,MY BOY JAUN, ED COAN,AND OTHER LIFTERS LIKE CHARLES BAILEY,SCOTT SMITH,BIG LANCE, I ALSO RESPECT MY BOY KEITH MITCELL WHO FOUGHT TO STAY IN THE MEET.
WHO EVER SAW ME AS COCKY YOU DID NOT SEE THE STRESS IN MY HEART WHEN I WAS BEING LOOKED AT BY THE PEOPLE I LOOK UP TO MOST THATS DAMN NEAR EVERY LIFTER AT THE MEET. AS A KID I DIDNT LOOK UP TO MICHEAL JORDAN. I WOULD ACT LIKE I WAS ED COAN STANDING IN THE MIRROR ACTING LIKE I WAS TRYING TO WIN A MEET ON MY LAST DEADLIFT. SO LOSE THAT COCKY SHIT.I AM CONFIDENT I CAME TO WIN AND GOT HIT IN THE FACE WITH STRICT JUDGING. IF I DIE HALF THE LIFTER AS SOME OF MY PEERS I WILL BE HAPPY. IT WAS AN HONOR TO BE IN THE ROOM WITH ALL OF Y'ALL. THANKS TEAM SUPER TRAINING IF YOU EVER NEED A LIFTER TO FIGHT FOR YOUR TEAM I WILL GO AGAINST ANYBODY FOR YOU. I RESPECT Y'ALL ALOT. SEE Y'ALL AT WORLDS. THANKS STEVE FOR NEVER BLOWING OFF MY CALLS AND ANSWERING ALL MY QUESTIONS YOU ARE A GREAT LEADER I WILL BE AT THE AMERICAN CUP IF I GOT TO WALK THERE. TAKE CARE.

I'll relinquish my Best Lifter status to Ed. I dont have a problem with that. I just hope he doesnt mind that the best lifter award is a framed picture of myself on the squat courtesy of CSS Design.

I think every trophy or best lifter award no matter who it goes to should have a pic of Lance squatting on it. Haha

Lance Karabel wrote:
chris pappillion wrote:
NO DISRESPECT TO LANCE BUT ED KOO LOOKED LIKE THE BEST LIFTER OF THE MEET HE FOUGHT THREW ADVERSITY AND CAME OUT ON TOP. SO ALL YOU ED KOO HATERS NEED TO SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT HIM. HE GOT MORE HEART THEN 99% OF THIS PLANET. I ADMIRE TEAM SUPER TRAINING IF IT WAS NOT FOR SCOTT CARTRIGHT MY ASS WOULD HAVE BOMBED TO. I LOOK UP TO MARK BELL,KOO,CARTRIGHT,JIM MCDONALD,MY BOY JAUN, ED COAN,AND OTHER LIFTERS LIKE CHARLES BAILEY,SCOTT SMITH,BIG LANCE, I ALSO RESPECT MY BOY KEITH MITCELL WHO FOUGHT TO STAY IN THE MEET.
WHO EVER SAW ME AS COCKY YOU DID NOT SEE THE STRESS IN MY HEART WHEN I WAS BEING LOOKED AT BY THE PEOPLE I LOOK UP TO MOST THATS DAMN NEAR EVERY LIFTER AT THE MEET. AS A KID I DIDNT LOOK UP TO MICHEAL JORDAN. I WOULD ACT LIKE I WAS ED COAN STANDING IN THE MIRROR ACTING LIKE I WAS TRYING TO WIN A MEET ON MY LAST DEADLIFT. SO LOSE THAT COCKY SHIT.I AM CONFIDENT I CAME TO WIN AND GOT HIT IN THE FACE WITH STRICT JUDGING. IF I DIE HALF THE LIFTER AS SOME OF MY PEERS I WILL BE HAPPY. IT WAS AN HONOR TO BE IN THE ROOM WITH ALL OF Y'ALL. THANKS TEAM SUPER TRAINING IF YOU EVER NEED A LIFTER TO FIGHT FOR YOUR TEAM I WILL GO AGAINST ANYBODY FOR YOU. I RESPECT Y'ALL ALOT. SEE Y'ALL AT WORLDS. THANKS STEVE FOR NEVER BLOWING OFF MY CALLS AND ANSWERING ALL MY QUESTIONS YOU ARE A GREAT LEADER I WILL BE AT THE AMERICAN CUP IF I GOT TO WALK THERE. TAKE CARE.

I'll relinquish my Best Lifter status to Ed. I dont have a problem with that. I just hope he doesnt mind that the best lifter award is a framed picture of myself on the squat courtesy of CSS Design.

I think Chris is misunderstood. He IS very enthusiastic about what he does and his passion for the sport exudes itself in his personality. The guy is a true competitor and one of the guys I am glad to have met. And the attitude? His attitude is what powerlifting needs IMO. As for the best lifter, Lance is the man and lifted great under strict cicumstances. But I can always photo shop you out of the picture if you want big guy...

Aloha, would like to thank Steve "momona" Denison for yet another smooth running memorable event! also Chuck Lamantia and family for the double whammy on announcing ,technical stuff(that shit aint easy),judges,spotters and loaders who encouraged the lifters on the platform....Team Hawaii had 3 newbies and they all did really well,getting PRs on all their lifts! the only thing that irked me is Leonetta got one red light for belly benching! how could that be? her arms is so short they dont even reach her stomach! LOL jus kiddin Leo (Layman made me say it cuz he dont have the guts to tell you himself)...Aloha no everybody till Vegas!!! Ahui Ho....

Darren@148 wrote:
Aloha, would like to thank Steve "momona" Denison for yet another smooth running memorable event! also Chuck Lamantia and family for the double whammy on announcing ,technical stuff(that shit aint easy),judges,spotters and loaders who encouraged the lifters on the platform....Team Hawaii had 3 newbies and they all did really well,getting PRs on all their lifts! the only thing that irked me is Leonetta got one red light for belly benching! how could that be? her arms is so short they dont even reach her stomach! LOL jus kiddin Leo (Layman made me say it cuz he dont have the guts to tell you himself)...Aloha no everybody till Vegas!!! Ahui Ho....

LOL!!! Funny, but true!

If my memory serves me right, Didn't Big Daddy get DQ in the bench in the last big USPF meet ? and instead of pissing and moaning like a little school girl, He was a stand up guy and came back for more ! As I have said before, he is a true competitor regardless what fed.

A great lifter without a doubt.

late

Congrats Chris P.!

Ask any of the guys out west, I can never stop running my mouth and have been told so. I think the sport needs guys like me, you, and Juan Laija who don't have a problem talking, competing, and backing it up on the platform! its nice to have fun in such a serious environment.

There was no way in hell I was gonna bomb after talking so much crap to my team and innocent bystanders!

One thing I know is, you have to be Game as hell and never quit. Keep up the hard work and good things will happen.
Semper Fi

Ricardo Costa
Orange County
Strength Club

P.S You can't get much better than Chuck Lamantia!
He is a great asset to our sport!

I did not have fun I was stressing like the rest of the 242s. I got to get the rules down. I am glad the judges did not give away lifts that is how its supposed to be.time to go back to the basics. I aint blameing a judge for my weakness.One judge rushed my start command trying to help me. so all this bad judgeing bullshit should end. We fucked up time and time again. Ricardo I got respect for you I hope to see you next year you got a good future don't give up. I see you totaling well over 2000 if you stay focused. So keep working I was just leting you know I respect all my fellow lifters it takes alot to compete and risk loseing.

was chris pappillion the guy with the probation anklet who looked beastly as shit?

i was like fuck this dude and eddie koo are awesome. one dude pulls a ham and keeps lifting, one guy has a PO and still competes. thats fucking hard

Ed Koo wrote:
Lance Karabel wrote:
chris pappillion wrote:
NO DISRESPECT TO LANCE BUT ED KOO LOOKED LIKE THE BEST LIFTER OF THE MEET HE FOUGHT THREW ADVERSITY AND CAME OUT ON TOP. SO ALL YOU ED KOO HATERS NEED TO SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT HIM. HE GOT MORE HEART THEN 99% OF THIS PLANET. I ADMIRE TEAM SUPER TRAINING IF IT WAS NOT FOR SCOTT CARTRIGHT MY ASS WOULD HAVE BOMBED TO. I LOOK UP TO MARK BELL,KOO,CARTRIGHT,JIM MCDONALD,MY BOY JAUN, ED COAN,AND OTHER LIFTERS LIKE CHARLES BAILEY,SCOTT SMITH,BIG LANCE, I ALSO RESPECT MY BOY KEITH MITCELL WHO FOUGHT TO STAY IN THE MEET.
WHO EVER SAW ME AS COCKY YOU DID NOT SEE THE STRESS IN MY HEART WHEN I WAS BEING LOOKED AT BY THE PEOPLE I LOOK UP TO MOST THATS DAMN NEAR EVERY LIFTER AT THE MEET. AS A KID I DIDNT LOOK UP TO MICHEAL JORDAN. I WOULD ACT LIKE I WAS ED COAN STANDING IN THE MIRROR ACTING LIKE I WAS TRYING TO WIN A MEET ON MY LAST DEADLIFT. SO LOSE THAT COCKY SHIT.I AM CONFIDENT I CAME TO WIN AND GOT HIT IN THE FACE WITH STRICT JUDGING. IF I DIE HALF THE LIFTER AS SOME OF MY PEERS I WILL BE HAPPY. IT WAS AN HONOR TO BE IN THE ROOM WITH ALL OF Y'ALL. THANKS TEAM SUPER TRAINING IF YOU EVER NEED A LIFTER TO FIGHT FOR YOUR TEAM I WILL GO AGAINST ANYBODY FOR YOU. I RESPECT Y'ALL ALOT. SEE Y'ALL AT WORLDS. THANKS STEVE FOR NEVER BLOWING OFF MY CALLS AND ANSWERING ALL MY QUESTIONS YOU ARE A GREAT LEADER I WILL BE AT THE AMERICAN CUP IF I GOT TO WALK THERE. TAKE CARE.

I'll relinquish my Best Lifter status to Ed. I dont have a problem with that. I just hope he doesnt mind that the best lifter award is a framed picture of myself on the squat courtesy of CSS Design.

I think Chris is misunderstood. He IS very enthusiastic about what he does and his passion for the sport exudes itself in his personality. The guy is a true competitor and one of the guys I am glad to have met. And the attitude? His attitude is what powerlifting needs IMO. As for the best lifter, Lance is the man and lifted great under strict cicumstances. But I can always photo shop you out of the picture if you want big guy...

Ed you are totally right about Chris. I wish I had an opportunity to meet and talk with him. And you my friend, seein you in the warm up room and fighting thru the injury well lets just say, that inspired me. Heal up quick brother!