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UPA Bench for Cash Highlights
Submitted by Staff on January 2, 2010 - 10:46am.
Highlights from Thursday's UPA Bench for Cash in Kennewick, Washington included Adrian Larsen (275) pressing 550 pounds unequipped. Larsen won the heavy weight unequipped division and about $330 in prize money. The lift ranks Larsen, who has to bench with his legs in the air, sixth on the Powerlifting Watch Lifter Rankings.
Other notable lifts included a 720 pound press by Bob Norris (275), 720 pound press by Paul Ratsch (shw), at a body weight of 322, and a 740 pound press by Mike Kromer (shw), lifting at 337 pounds. Norris was the winner of the heavyweight division and walked away with a cash prize of about $500.
Russ Petty (242) was the winner of the lightweight unequipped division. He pressed 380 pounds at a bodyweight of 238 to earn about $330 in prize money.
Other notable unequipped lightweights included Derek Goethe (242) with a press of 280 pounds, DeVon Walker (181) with a press of 285 pounds. Walker is the general manager at Starfit, where the contest was held.
The youngest lifter was Rowdy Neuman. He benched 215 pounds unequipped at a body weight of 182. He was 16 years old. It was his first contest.