USPF Nationals Unofficial Results

Create: 07/06/2009 - 08:01
(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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Submitted by SuperTraining Fan (not verified) on
WTF Happened to Ed Koo? He squatted and pulled over 700 in training!

Submitted by Bill Newman on
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!

Submitted by rharris on
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

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
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

Submitted by SuperTraining Fan (not verified) on
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.

Submitted by 181puller (not verified) on
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.

Submitted by rharris on
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

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I don't know how I messed the last post up. What happened to Eric Kratz?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Anonymous wrote:
I don't know how I messed the last post up. What happened to Eric Kratz?
BOMB

Submitted by krat7260 on
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:).

Submitted by Glenn Baggett (not verified) on
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!

Submitted by crystal (not verified) on
my forecast was that Chris Papillion would take the 242 all along. So very proud of him. He is unstoppable

Submitted by Bill Newman on
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.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Bell opened up raw? He's a beast with that shirt, what's the reasoning?

Submitted by Bill Newman on
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.

Submitted by jphadden 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.

Submitted by Brad Cikana (not verified) on
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.

Submitted by T. Duggan (not verified) on
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.

Submitted by Ricardo Costa (not verified) on
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

Submitted by K.Tawzer (not verified) on
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

Submitted by rharris on
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

Submitted by dgunnermuro on
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.

Submitted by Rpinelli on
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.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
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. [/quote] 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.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
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. [/quote] But that was at 198 bro.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The write ups by Costa and Muro are what we need to see more of after a meet of this caliber. Great insight.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
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.

Submitted by JAMES H BOURGAU... (not verified) on
ANY ONE KNOW HOW TED ISSABELLA DID IN THE 308 OPEN ,MASTERS AND DEADLIFTS. THANKS FOR ANY HELP......GOD BLESS..... JAMES H.BOURGAULT SR.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
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?

Submitted by Nicolai Stern on
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.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
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.

Submitted by Burned WestCoast (not verified) on
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!

Submitted by Brad Cikana (not verified) on
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!

Submitted by Steve Denison on
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.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
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.

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

Submitted by Steve Denison on
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.

Submitted by USPF Lifter (not verified) on
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.

Submitted by Dan Harrison (not verified) on
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!!!

Submitted by Steve Denison 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

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