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successful start to the hot, Houston summer with the APA Summer
Bash. The meet took place in Katy, Texas at the Katy Family
Fitness Center on Saturday, May 7th. We are very grateful to the
Katy Family Fitness Center for sponsoring this meet and giving us a
great venue for powerlifting meets.
The meet started off with 12 year old Jessie Burttschell who lifted in
the 165's. Jessie had an outstanding day going 265, 165,
and 255 for a total of 670. All of his lifts were World
records. Also lifting in the teen division, 17 year old Rudy
Guzman (181), ended his day with 405, 185 and 430 for a total of
1020. Master lifter Rick Jolly took home 1st in his division and
a Texas record with his 480 squat for a total of 1295. In the
198's, Wayne Hinds came out on top with a Submaster Texas record squat
of 575 and a Submaster Texas record total of 1580. Close behind
was James Evans with a huge 650 squat and a 1560 total. Look for
James to break 700 soon. In the 220's, Donny Adams took the lead
with his 1290 total. Teen lifter Seth Mize (14), started off with
a Teen World record squat of 385 and a Teen Texas record bench press of
170, but injured his back in the deadlift and was unable to finish the
meet. Lots of competition in the 242's. Chad Matthews
lifting in the open division took the top going 645, 550, and 650 for a
total of 1845. This was just enough to also give Chad Best Lifter
of the day. James Dunn went a big 680 on his 3rd attempt in the
squat and ended the day with a 1655 total. Twenty year old John Suggs
had a fine day taking a Texas Junior record with his 600 squat and yet
another Texas Junior record with his 4th attempt in the bench at
410. John ended his day with another Texas Junior record with his
1505 total. Brian Propst had a good day going 500, 435, and 515,
for a 1460 total. In the 275's, Brian Nugier took the lead with a
565 squat, 455 bench, a 475 deadlift and a 1495 total. Coach
Randy Abendath took home a Texas Masters record with a 500 squat and a
360 bench on a 4th attempt giving him yet another Texas Masters
record total of 1345. Teen lifter Mitch Juenke (16) also set a
Texas Teen record with his 400 squat and 215 bench. Mitch had to
leave the meet and was unable to finish. Master 308 Steve
Burttschell missed 660 two times and ended with a 635 squat.
Steve nailed 550 in the bench on a 4th attempt for a Texas Masters
record. He ended his day with a 585 deadlift and a Texas Masters
record total of 1770.
In the women's full power masters lifter Cindy Suggs, lifting for the
first time ever took home a 1st place win in the 123's and all Texas
Maters records by going 180, 80, 200, and a total of 460.
In the bench press only division, 9 year old Zachary Geiser, in his
first meet ever took home a win with a 50 pound bench press.
Zachary was not only 9 years old, but he only weighed 60 pounds.
Submaster, 148, John Geiser took home a win with his 235 bench on his
3rd attempt. Lifting in the 198's Justin Sappington just
missed 420 on all three attempts. Submaster lifter Wayne Hinds
got a win with his 2nd attempt of 430. Also in the 198's master
lifter Brian Kline was almost there with 3 attempts of 440. In
the 220's Jason McCullough took home the win with his opener of 405 and
also giving him Best Bencher of the day. Master lifter Don Moser
missed all three of his attempts of 450. In the 242's, Eric
Wright opened up with a huge 625 and his shirt blew. Putting on a
new shirt, he went 640 and 660 but could not get either to touch the
chest. In the 275's, teen lifter Elija Owens took home a win with
his 3rd attempt of 385.
In the deadlift only division, Rudy Guzman took home a win with his 2nd
attempt of 430. Rudy just missed locking out 450.
I would like to thank our spotters and loaders and judges Josh
Ash, Maria McCullough, Don Broseman, Shannon McDougald, and Brian
Kline. Also a big thanks to Jason Phelps, General Manager of Katy
Family Fitness and The Health Clubs of America. Jason runs one of
the best gyms I have seen and is very open to supporting
powerlifting. Also a big thanks to Mike Lambert of Powerlifting
USA for his continued support of this sport and its lifters and a
special thanks to John Inzer of Inzer Advance Designs for all the
support he has given this sport. Without the help of these
people, all of the great lifters in this meet would have not had a
chance to lift.