- Club workouts are at noon on Sundays at JOS, and 7pm Thursdays at the RPAC
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- Club dues are $25. Bring cash or check (made out to “Buckeye Barbell Club”) to the club workout and give to Maria Blazek.
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- Dues DO NOT include meet entry fees, but there may be chances for the club to assist members financially.
- Due by Oct. 2nd
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or come to one of our workouts, which are on Sundays at noon at Jesse Owens South.
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.
|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|
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.
|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|
Here’s Matt’s video (I did not edit this visual masterpiece)
and here’s Hannah’s last deadlift
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).
|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.
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.
This past weekend, we had seven club members compete in the USAPL events at the Arnold Sports Festival.
Starting Strength Pro Raw Challenge
|Victoria Liang||138 lb Jr||132||270||171||364||805|
|John Downing||183 lb Open||179||579||336||551||1466|
Next Lifter Ohio Invitational
|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|
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.