2017 17 Wing Open Meet Report
The 12th Annual 17 Wing Open Powerlifting and Bench Press Championship have concluded and oh, what a day of lifting we saw! 36 competitors competed over three flights and it took a lot of effort from many people to make that happen.
First and foremost, thank you to our meet directors, Robert Snow and Mathieu Kuhn, members of the 17th Wing Strength Club. They spent their afternoon retrieving the meet equipment before setting up the venue’s stage and warmup area with assistance from but a few personal helpers. The venue looked beautiful. Our directors coordinated with the venue, provided refreshments for our volunteers and referees, ran the day-of operations smoothly throughout the competition, and led the clean-up efforts thereafter. The warm-up room had been disassembled before the end of the awards ceremony! Thank you both very much.
Secondly, to our thank you to all of our volunteers. Without volunteers, our competitions simply cannot take place. Without our platform crew, lifting itself cannot occur. Almost entirely comprised of inexperienced members, our crew was running like a well-oiled machine in no time.
Mikal Thrones showed up unannounced and took on the vacant role of Platform General. Mikal led a team that had ZERO misloads for the day – very impressive. Taha Hijazi handled back spotting duties for the day and did a fantastic job. Brennan McIntyre, Kelvin Lai, Jeff Nguyen, Shawn Obradovic-Mollons and Justin Puffalt worked tirelessly; some without a single break, in order to safely protect our lifters throughout the day. Nearly 300 attempts took place and there was not a single misload, nor did they miss “catching” any failed lift. Outstanding work, gentlemen!
At the head table, Hao-Yi Sim operated our computer and electronic scoresheet without error, Jarett Myskiw managed and recorded the attempts submitted by lifters, Megan Poirer was drafted in as timekeeper, and the combination of Anastasia “Gena” Iurovski, Joey Simms, and Amanda Burg stepped up to the task of announcing. Michael Chan was our relay man from, and coordinator from within, the warm-up area. He helped oversee a safe, fair, efficient warmup space, as well as helping lifters time their journeys from the warmup room to the stage.
A third thank you to our sponsors. Apex Elite (@apexelite_wpg) was on hand taking photographs of the competition and selling merchandise. Lifters will be able to purchase photo packages after those packages have been developed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with name and flight for details! Empty Calories & Co. (@emptycaloriesco) for providing utterly mouth-watering treats for those in attendance. Everything looked and tasted scrumptious. Yum!
On November 24th we had seven new referees pass their Provincial referee exam and were able to have three of them – Jennifer-Grace Cruz, CJ Stewart, and Kristy Fisher – take turns in the side chair for 17 Wing. Krista Sanger and Mathew Bowen called attempts from the head chair. We were fortunate to have Cat 1 Referee and MPA Past President, Brock Haywood, serve as a jury to our referees calling the lifts. The jury serves as a useful tool to deal with objections, clarify issues and explain fouls, answer questions, and provide feedback to referees.
On now to the lifting. Where to begin?! We had a total of 36 entrants compete over three flights. In flight A, Johanna Theroux returned to competition for first place in the 72kg Open class with a couple of personal bests and a 372.5kg total. One of our new Provincial Referees, Thea Olalia, elected to lift as an open lifter, weighing in as a light 84kg lifter at 72.8kg. She overcame laughter and a fast “Squat” command in order to go 9 for 9 with a 365.65 Wilks Score – good for the Best Female Lifter Award and first place in her class. Audrey Mifflin secured first place in the 84+ class, recovering from a missed second deadlift, going 8 for 9.
In the M1 72kg class, long-time rivals Janet Loesel Sitar and Amanda Moffitt duked it out once again. Amanda managed to hit a new personal best squat of 95kg and obtained a 270kg total. Janet made the cut down from the 84kg class and was able to secure two new M1 72kg provincial records with a 152.5kg deadlift and 330kg total!
MPA Vice-President, Susan Haywood, competed against herself in the M3 84kg class, and set two new provincial records with a 50kg bench press and 217.5kg total. Our female Bench Press Only lifters, Jessica Antony and Alyssa Amanda Burg, both secured qualifying totals for Nationals and won their respective 84 and 84+ kg Open classes with 67.5kg and 80kg Personal Bests! Congratulations to all of our female lifters!
On to the men. Nathaniel Woodward (and his fan club) showed up as our solo Subjunior competitor, going 5 for 9 in his first meet and earning a 362.5 kg total; setting all four provincial records in the 66kg Subjunior class. Welcome to the sport, Nathaniel! Jordan Smith shook off his nerves and had a fantastic day, setting three records in the 59 Junior class with a 117.5kg squat, 75kg Bench Press and a total of 326.5kg. Jayson Palapuz returned to the 66kg Junior class, setting three records as well. He finished with a 180kg squat, 227.5kg deadlift, and 517.5kg total; managing to achieve an impressive 407.25 Wilks score. Joshua “340” Japson managed to lock out all three of his deadlifts, becoming “Mr. 391” with a 391.73 wilks and first place in the 74kg junior class.
*Edit: Jonathon Leung gets his own paragraph because yours truly is ignorant and left him out! This man went 7 for 9 and upgraded from The 1000lbs Club to the 500kg Club, and earned a gold medal in the 74kg Open class! Pretty impressive for self admitted dehydrated member of #TeamForgotHowToWarmup. Well done, sir!*
Flight B consisted entirely of 83kg lifters! 83kg is by far the most populated set of weight classes in Manitoba Powerlifting today, and featured our most competitive lifting of the day at 17 Wing. We had 6 lifters in the 83kg junior class. Matthew Delaurier was unable to total due to not successfully completing a squat, but he did have the second highest bench press of the grouping with 125kg. Though Nolan Novotny lifted in flight C due weighing in light, fourth place turned out to be a battle. Patrick Barbaro was able to score 427.5kg and Nolan Novotny fell short by just 2.5kg. Thomas Crandall was a step up and took bronze with a 442.5 total. Alexander Palmer improved upon his bests, taking silver with a 557.5kg total and 375.59 Wilks. Our 83kg junior gold medalist, and Best Junior Lifter of the day, Jonah Dabu, scored a 414.31 Wilks coefficient. He broke the squat record with 220.5kg aiding him towards a new record total of 620.5kg!
The 83kg Open class featured the tightest competition of the contest. There were two tough battles between four competitors – one for bronze and one for gold. Victor Aguilar-Bajaras and Skyler Lanting each entered on short notice, as they were initially reserves prior to other entrants having withdrawn their entries. Skyler was likely watching the score board before he hit his third deadlift, finishing with 552.5kg, 2.5 kg greater than Victor’s then-subtotal. However, Victor managed to successfully lockout his third deadlift and take bronze with 557.5kg. The most heated battle of the event was for the gold medal in the 83kg class. Adrian Theroux won the squat battle 225kg to 210kg, Russell Salada won the bench battle with a 120kg to 105kg. Tied at that point, it all came down to deadlifts. Both men entered 262.5kg for third attempts. Russell and his delayed reaction managed to complete his lift for a 592.5kg total, while Adrian did not manage to lockout his third attempt, finishing with 590. Congratulations to both men for their performances and results.
Our 83kg Open Bench Press Only class featured Dereck Illarde and Nhan Nguyen. Both men have been battling back injuries but this has evidently not slowed down their bench press progress, as both men went 3 for 3. Dereck has managed to sharpen his technique and add 25kg to his competitive bench press best since February, finishing with a remarkable 145kg third attempt. Nhan broke the 83kg bench only record pushing the class ceiling to 160kg. The 83 kg classes provide a great reminder that while we don’t often see it at the local level, powerlifting is first and foremost a *sport*. Kudos, gentlemen.
Onward to flight C! Daniel Monteverde was able to rehab a lingering injury in his offseason and return to full meet competition with ferocity. He finished with a 545kg total, going 8 for 9 and taking the first place medal in the 93kg Open class. The 105kg Open class had four competitors within. Burton Duncan was another last minute entrant who finished with 430kg. New MPA Provincial Referee Gord Grimolfson didn’t have the best showing of his career, but he still managed to take a bronze medal with 510kg. Young Jorrel Marasigan opted to enter the Open division in order to face lifters on game day, and he earned himself a silver medal and a 555kg total. Andrew McPherson took the gold medal in his competitive debut. He was able to adapt throughout the day, adjusting some technical issues and finishing with a commendable 580kg total.
Justin Foy sure overcame those butterflies he was experiencing during weigh-ins with fine technical lifting and a 7 for 9, 530kg total; good for first place in the 120kg Open class. Our 120+kg Open men both lifted spectacularly. He passed on two squats and one deadlift, going 3 for 6, but Brett Coulter finally secured himself a total! Congratulations, sir. 17 Wing member Tyler MacInnis wound up being the best Male Lifter and Best Military Lifter of the day, achieving a landmark military record deadlift of 317.5kg, or roughly 700lbs! He squatted 290kg, benched 165kg and totalled 772.5kg, tying his previous best total in this class.
Our 105kg M1 class saw both competitors go 9 for 9. Josh Seeland stood tall in second place, finishing with 552.5kg. Team Canada World Competitor Vince Green increased the class record bench press to 172.5 kg and took first place overall. Last but not least, our feel good story of the day was new competitor David Ouellette. At 61 years young, Dave showed up to help volunteer at Westerns in September, where he was inspired to enter a competition. He began training for the next available meet, the 17 Wing Open, and set his sights on obtaining a Provincial Qualifying total of 362.5 in the 93kg M3 class. He missed his squat opener due to a misstep but went 8 for 9 thereafter, ripping a third deadlift of 155kg – good for a 367.5kg total. See you at Provincials, Dave!
Thank you once more to the 17th Wing Strength Club and the 17th Wing Base for hosting a successful, 12th Annual 17th Wing Open Powerlifting and Bench Press Championship. The MPA and its Executive are ever grateful to our meet directors, competitors, coaches, sponsors, volunteers, officials, families and friends for supporting the MPA and allowing us to grow. Big things are on the horizon for the MPA. Stay tuned to our website for changes, updates, and postings. Our next event, the annual Brickhouse Power Challenge, is being scheduled to take place on February 3rd, 2018 at the King Edward Brickhouse location in Winnipeg. Confirmation details to be posted in coming days. See you there!