Quick Announcements for the 2015 Fall Semester

Updated 9/21/15

  • Club workouts are at noon on Sundays at JOS, and 7pm Thursdays at the RPAC
  • Join our Facebook group here
  • Also, join our emailing list.  See the link in the sidebar.
  • Club dues are $25.  Bring cash or check (made out to “Buckeye Barbell Club”) to the club workout and give to Maria Blazek.
    • Dues include a t-shirt.
    • Dues DO NOT include meet entry fees, but there may be chances for the club to assist members financially.
    • Due by Oct. 2nd
  • “Officially” sign up for the club on Do Sports Easy
  • Look at our competitions tab for a list of upcoming competitions.
  • Email the club directly (buckeyebarbell@gmail.com) or Sean Moser (moser.172@osu.edu) with any questions.
  • Contact our coach John Downing (downing.131@gmail.com) for questions regarding training/programming.

Spring 2015 Meet Results

The last few weeks have been busy for Buckeye Barbell, as club members have competed in 2 meets, and the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival has come and gone.

2015 USAPL Michigan “No Frills” Meet

On Saturday, February 28th, two club members competed at the annual “No Frills” meet in Allendale, MI.

Logan Awwiller 205 Open 198.8 408 303 457 1168
Chris Pierson 165 Jr Ironman 159.8 209 187 397

2015 Arnold Sports Festival

Club lifters competed in two USAPL events at the 2015 Arnold Sports Classic. On Friday, March 6, Coach John Downing lifted in the NAPF StartingStrength.com Arnold Raw Challenge. John went 2/3 on squat, and finished with an American Record of 595 lbs on the squat. John went 2/3 on both bench and deadlift. John finished with a total of 1564 lbs, and took first place in the Men’s 183 Open weight class. Full video of John’s attempts can be seen here.

John Downing squat

John Downing attempting his American Record 595 lb squat. Club members Logan Awwiller and Jason Tiemeier spotted John and the rest of the raw challenge.

On Sunday, March 8, Ella Diller, Pete Fischer, and Suzanne Witt competed in the USAPL Next Lifter Ohio Classic Bench Press/Deadlift. Pete and Suzanne qualified for the Ohio Classic on the strength of their lifts at the 2014 Ohio State Meet. Pete went 3/3 on bench attempts and 2/3 on deadlifts attempts to finish with a total of 815 lbs, good for second place amongst junior lifters. Suzanne went 2/3 on bench and 3/3 on deadlift to finish with a total of 435 lbs. Ella went 3/3 on bench attempts and 2/3 on deadlift attempts for a total of 485 lbs. Ella and Suzanne took first and second place, respectively, in the Women’s 159 Open weight class. Click here for full results for the weekend.

Here’s Suzanne’s final deadlift:

John Downing 183 Open 180.8 595 391 578 1564
Ella Diller 159 Open Ironman 152.7 265 182 303 485
Suzanne Witt 159 Open Ironman 158.0  — 121  314 435
Pete Fischer 183 Jr Ironman 179.0 287 529 815

Buckeye barbell club members were spotting and loading for events throughout the weekend. Overall, the club brought 17 volunteers and 4 lifters to this year’s Arnold Classic.

Bench spotting 2

Club members David Yeung and Dani Latif spotting during a flight of equipped bench press.

Winter 2015 updates


Buckeye Barbell has gotten off to a fast start in 2015.  In the beginning of the year, several current and former club members went to Beyond Limits Training for an open house/PR day.


Club members Logan, Robert, John, Maria, Jenn, Suzanne plus big-man Tyreè at Beyond Limits Training


There, our treasurer Suzanne hit a 295×3 deadlift in prep for the Ohio Classic at the Arnold.

Also, our coach John Downing hit a 405 bench press, also in prep for the Arnold.

At the regular workouts, we’ve had many people come to learn proper technique on squat, bench, and deadlift.  Our club has grown by seven members already this semester.

Also, we’ve had five club members hit a 405 squat in just the last four days! Korey, Evan, David, Alex and Sam



In addition to the workouts, we’ve continued outreach to the Ohio powerlifting community.  We’ve gone to two HS powerlifting meets in the Springfield area to help spot, load and judge.


Club members David, Sam, Evan, Jenn, Norm, John, Korey, Alex and Albert after a high school meet.


Also, in the beginning of February, we hosted the Rec Sports Bench Press Clinic. Our coach, John Downing, led the clinic on bench form. The annual clinic is free and is open to all Ohio State students.


Club members Jenn, Pete, John and Maria, plus special guest Alex after the bench clinic.


Following that up, we hosted the annual Rec Sports Bench Press competition on February 22nd.  In addition to providing all of the judges, spotters and scorers, several club members also competed.

Here is Hannah benching 135:

And Brian benching 295:


Up next

This weekend, Logan, Maria, Suzanne and Chris are travelling to Allendale, MI for the USAPL “No Frills” competition.  Then, next Friday, John is lifting in the IPF raw challenge at the Arnold Sports Festival.  Then on Sunday March 8th, Suzanne and Pete are lifting in the Ohio Classic at the Arnold.  Also, many club members are acting as spotters/loaders for the IPF events throughout the entire weekend.  After the Arnold the club will be gearing up for the USAPL “Battle of the Great Lakes” meet in Cleveland on April 18th.  If you have any interest in competing at that meet with us, send the club an email.  The entry form and Facebook event for the Battle of the Great Lakes can be found under our “competition” tab.


As always, if you have any interest in participating in any of the events that we do, drop us an email at buckeyebarbell@gmail.com, or come to one of our workouts, which are on Sundays at noon at Jesse Owens South.

2014 USAPL Ohio State Meet


On Saturday, November 8th, Buckeye Barbell took a team of 12 competitors and 9 volunteers to the USAPL Ohio State Meet at Coffman YMCA in Dayton, Ohio. The team was coached by John Downing.

For the second consecutive year, Buckeye Barbell took first place in the team competition. In addition to the first place team award, Buckeye Barbell had many individual first and second place finishes, highlighted by Matt Guzik placing first among all male juniors and Sean Moser capturing first place in the men’s 198lb open division.  Alex McQuillen set a state record squat in the T3 division. View the full results here. 

Name Division Weight Squat Bench Deadlift Total
Suzanne Witt 165 Open 163 231 121 303 655
Binh Nguyen 132 Jr 131 265 176 220 661
Alex McQuillen 148 Teen 3 147 347 231 424 1003
Evan Byrne 165 Open 163 391 248 402 1040
Pete Fischer 181 Teen 3 176 407 270 534 1210
Matt Guzik 181 Jr 176 490 298 568 1356
Korey Kunze 181 Open 179 375 231 441 1047
Sean Moser 198 Jr 195 441 364 573 1377
Shawn Stickley 198 Jr 192 474 270 518 1262
Logan Awwiller 198 Open 190 370 265 446 1080
Abe Chevlen 220 Jr 201 391 259 480 1130
Jason Tiemeier SHW Open 306 518 325 579 1422


2014 USAPL Raw Nationals

Three club members, Matt Guzik, Hannah Ghindea and John Downing, traveled to Denver, CO this year for USAPL Raw Nationals. Matt was trying to qualify for the Raw Challenge at the Arnold (which requires a 425 Wilks) and came extremely close, just barely missing a deadlift that he had gotten before. Hannah was trying to place well in the 138 Junior division, but at the last minute ended up switching to the 158 weight class. Both Matt and Hannah ended up placing 5th in their respective divisions. John Downing was looking to contend for the Men’s 183 Open title but ended up placing 4th, although he totaled just 2.5 kg shy of the second place finisher and he improved his total substantially from his performance at the Arnold.

Name Division Weight Squat Bench Deadlift Total
Hannah Ghindea 158 Junior 151 237 143 347 728
Matt Guzik 183 Junior 170 480 298 540 1317
John Downing 183 Open 180 579 375 573 1528

full results

Here’s Matt’s video (I did not edit this visual masterpiece)

and here’s Hannah’s last deadlift


2014 Battle of the Great Lakes Meet

Sorry for the delay getting this out…

On April 12th, 2014 Buckeye Barbell competed at the USAPL Battle of the Great Lakes in Copley, Ohio. Buckeye Barbell sent eighteen lifters, seven of which were competing in their first powerlifting meet. Buckeye Barbell won the overall team award (which included beating Purdue) and had many first place individual finishes. Some highlights include Hannah Ghindea sweeping the Junior Ohio State records, Matt Guzik totaling over 1300 lbs and achieving a 400 Wilks and Pete Fischer deadlifting 485 at just 18 years old and 175 lbs bodyweight. Everyone’s results are shown in the table below and the full meet results can be found here (download).

Some of as the end with our team victory sword

Name Division Weight Squat Bench Deadlift Total
Hannah Ghindea 165 Jr 151 235 135 320 690
Suzanne Witt 165 Open 161 185 110 285 580
Dmitry Tumin 165 Open 162 430 215 490 1135
Robert O’Brien 165 Open 165 320 220 395 935
Pete Fischer 181 Teen 3 175 340 240 485 1065
Jim Elli 181 Teen 3 174 315 260 435 1010
Matt Guzik 181 Open 174 465 290 565 1320
Mike George 181 Open 179 415 265 490 1170
Evan Byrne 181 Open 172 375 250 410 1035
Korey Kunze 181 Open 174 335 220 375 930
Sean Moser 198 Jr 188 430 345 555 1330
Troy DeWitt 198 Open 197 320 275 445 1040
Abe Chevlen 220 Jr 200 390 265 465 1120
Jacob Lindley 220 Jr 200 360 280 430 1070
Logan Awwiller 220 Jr 204 355 265 445 1060
Tim Struve 220 Open 219 410 335 525 1270
AJ Dawes 242 Teen 3 236 525 300 500 1325
Jason Tiemeier SHW Open 292 455 305 565 1325

In addition to sending competitors, Buckeye Barbell also had multiple volunteers on hand. Corey Sayer, Andy Hingsbergen, Shawn Stickley, Rachel Tumin, Victora Liang and John Downing volunteered the entire day (which was about 7am-9pm) helping with handling lifters, managing warm ups, recording videos, etc, so big thanks to them.

Just some posing while the rest of us were stuffing our faces

Just some posing while the rest of us were stuffing our faces

The next big meet on the club’s radar is the USAPL Ohio State meet, sometime in the beginning of November, which is the qualifier for the push-pull meet at the Arnold. We’re looking to finally break the 20 lifter mark in terms of club participation, so make sure your training is going well and keep an eye out for more announcements regarding that.

Suzanne and Hannah

Suzanne and Hannah and… John

Raw Challenge and Ohio Invitational at the Arnold Sports Festival

This past weekend, we had seven club members compete in the USAPL events at the Arnold Sports Festival.

Starting Strength Pro Raw Challenge

Name Division Weight Squat Bench Deadlift Total
Victoria Liang 138 lb Jr 132 270 171 364 805
John Downing 183 lb Open 179 579 336 551 1466

Next Lifter Ohio Invitational

Name Division Weight Bench Deadlift Total
Laurie Gooden 165 Open 163 176 314 491
Matt Guzik 181 Open 172 270 535 805
Shawn Stickley 181 Jr and Open 178 276 529 805
Alex Cramer 198 Open 193 298 518 816
Tim Struve 220 Open 200 303 507 810

View the full results. 

We also supplied loaders and spotters for all of the USAPL events at the Arnold. These are Buckeye Barbell members spotting Mike Tuchscherer as he broke the IPF world records at 120 kg.

Requirements for volunteering at the Arnold include paying club dues, spotting/loading at a high school or intramural competition, and meet experience. In return, our volunteers received free admission to the expo, t-shirts, food, and a chance to watch world records being broken from just a few inches away.


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