2015 IN State Championship Highlights

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2015 Indiana State Championships Highlights, “Pit Power Team”

The 2015 Indiana State Championships proved to be the largest and most competitive meet in several years. At 56kg, teeenager Cody Baggett competed in his first meet. He made a strong impression in his first meet by breaking the existing American squat record in his division.

Not to be outdone, Jacob Stagg bumped his own records in the 60kg division a little higher by lifting new deadlift records and total.

The 70kg class saw the Pit’s only female entry, Katherine Snethen, lift uncontested and going 8 for 9 on the day.  Katherine was the named best female lifter (and not by a little bit). While the men’s best lifter award came down to a 2 point differential. Katherine walked away from the rest of the women’s filed by a whopping 32 points.

In the 82.5kg class, there were no records set. However, everyone in attendance were able to witness an event that you will usually only see in a National or World competitions. Two competitors (yes two competitors) deadlifted over 3x their own bodyweight. This is a rare occurrence to see a 3x bodyweight lift and we saw two in this meet in the same class. In the end Travis Hedrick came out over The Pit’s own Davy Hinton. Travis was also the meet’s best male lifter. Davy did establish all new gym records with his lifting. Tony Kohut  showed that age does not matter in establishing his best total to date.

The 90kg class had Junior Pit lifter Isaac Sullender winning over teammate Tim Stovall.

The 100kg class was the largest of the meet with six competitors. The Pit only had one entry in the class. However, James Goodwin did all he could do in going 9 for 9 on his lifting for the day. When the dust settled he finished in 2nd place in a very competitive field.

The 110kg class was very deep with outstanding lifters. The pit had no entries in this class. Jared Droste came out on top with a 707.5kg total in establishing the heaviest squat, deadlift and total of the meet. Jared was the runner up to the best lifter…missing out by 2 points.

In the 125kg class had two Pit lifters square off for top honors. Both had outstanding days with Joe Meuth coming out on top with some new gym records and a 655kg total. However, Chris Phillips set 2 new American records (and they weren’t in the bench). Chris established new American Squat and total records for the Masters class.

I would like to thank all of the great volunteers who help make these meets possible. Without them this sport would not exist. If you see the following individuals in the gym, please thank them: Joe Newton, Andrew Stagg, Matthew Stagg, Dan Bullock, Nicci Ciasullo, Lanea Stagg, Gary Bagget, Jesse “The Body” Jones, Cole Tyring, Pat and Jody Tyring and finally Pit founder who helped with judging all day…Bud Downen.

Mike Stagg

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