New York State Powerlifting Championships
"He (NT coach Eric Jantzi) brings 55-60 kids, that's what you have to do," said Tournament organizer Paul Strefeler. "He also puts kids in most of the lower weight classes where sometimes there are only four kids."
With 55 powerlifters, NT placed first with 90 points at the 36th installment of the event this past Saturday at Sweet Home High School. Grand Island was second with 50 points followed by host school Sweet Home with 38. Pioneer and Letchworth tied for fourth at 28. Niagara-Wheatfield (26), Kenmore East (21), Liverpool (20), Lancaster (16), Canisius (12), Amherst and St. Joe's (10), Lewiston-Porter and Kenmore West (8) rounded out the team scoring.
NT, Sweet Home, Liverpool, and Pioneer each took home two individual titles. At 188-pounds, St. Joe's Brendan Murphy broke a two-year old squat record with 530 pounds to earn most improved performer. He increased his total score from last year by 345 points. The old 188 squat record was 525 set in 2004 by Lew-Port's Joe Cerminara. Pioneer's Jessica Morse won the female division to earn most valuable lifting honors.
Prior to the start of the event, Paul Childress, owner of world records in squat (1,146) and total (2,662), demonstrated proper deadlifting techniques to those in attendance. In warm-ups, he deadlifted 350 pounds and worked his way up to 725. He was positioned at the scorers table the entire day where he signed autographs and students viewed video tapes of tournaments Childress had entered.
Major sponsors for the event included World's Gym and Buffalo Athletic Club, which raffled off three-month gym memberships, Dick's Sporting Goods, Pacillo's, G&G Fitness, Coca-Coca, Pepsi, and Tim Horton's. Money raised from the event went to the Sweet Home track program.
Kristen Hineman (Lancaster), second, 536.28; Moneta Kandakai (Sweet Home), 356.23; Latasha Lamont (Sweet Home), 13th, 248.64
116 Adam Seitz (Sweet Home), first, 525
136 Nick Danwin (Sweet Home), sixth, 695 Matt Lycett (Sweet Home), seventh, 680 Brandon Boone (Sweet Home), ninth, 410
148 Alex Dellebovi (Sweet Home), first, 945 David Lapidus (Kenmore East), second, 900 Mike Gambino (Kenmore East), third, 895
158 Adam Dellebovi (Sweet Home), fifth, 890 Pharaoh Gayles (Amherst), tied for 10th, 780 Cody Bridge (Sweet Home), tied for 10th, 780, Zach Cascio (Sweet Home), tied for 10th, 780 Mike Wood (Kenmore East), 15th, 735 Mike Bluestein (Sweet Home), 21st, 540
168 Mark Boswell (Kenmore East), third, 910 Rob Sperrazza (Sweet Home), sixth, 810
Matt Zon (Sweet Home), eighth, 790
Andrew Elsie (Sweet Home), 10th, 720
Brendan Murphy (St. Joe's), first, 1300
Sean Leary (Kenmore West), second, 1195
Stephen Phillips (Sweet Home), seventh, 860
Mark Orlowski (Sweet Home), 15th, 720
Andrew Hopkins (Sweet Home), second, 1005
Nick Terhaar (Sweet Home), ninth, 770
Chris Akromas (Sweet Home), 11th, 570
Mike Durwald (Lancaster), second, 1070
Unlimited Brian Monaco (Amherst), first, 1300
Drew Graziadei (Sweet Home), third, 1260
Brent Masich (Kenmore East), sixth, 1125 John Clyde (Kenmore West), seventh, 1120
Dominic Fraternigo (Kenmore East), 1110
Nick Christman (Sweet Home), ninth, 1095