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Posted: Monday, December 14th 2009 at 1:58pm

Irondawgs win match-up of national lifting champs

By staff reports
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Members of the Irondawgs pose after winning the meet this weekend in Lawrenceville.
It was a meeting of National Champions at the Body by George Bench Press and Dead Lift Mini-Meet in Lawrenceville this weekend, and when the last weight had been lifted, the Georgia IronDawgs -- American Powerlifting Committee National Champions -- had won the head-to-head match-up over the Southern Powerlifting Federation National Champs.

“This was a huge win for our team and a great way to end the year," said team captain and head coach Mike Kidd. ”To beat these guys at their home gym is really something. Out of the 11 men we brought, we had 10 firsts and a second when C.J. (Allen) finished as runner-up to Jance (Footit) in the deadlift. We had nine SPF world records set, so I am very proud of our athletes.”

This was the IronDawgs fourth win in four tries this year.

Competing in his unprecedented 10th meet of the year, Tim Moon of Gainesville set world records in the men’s 45-49-year-old 259-pound class with his single-ply equipped bench press of 605 pounds and his raw dead lift of 450 pounds. The lift was also a personal meet record. Moon competed in two different associations' world championships this year, finishing third in France and second in Las Vegas.

Jefferson’s 19-year-old Chris Lower set world records in his 275-pound class with raw lifts in the dead lift of 600; and in bench with 400. Master’s lifters Yan Howah of Gainesville and R. Garry Glenn of Oakwood added to their world records with raw bench presses of 400 and 315 in the 55-59-year-old 242- and 198-pound classes respectively. For Glenn it was his seventh meet of the year. He was first in five meets; second in an open meet and second at the WUAP World's in France. He went four for four in lifts last Saturday. Glenn is a Jefferson alumnus, and a former junior high football and wrestling coach at Jefferson and a former head wrestling coach and assistant football coach at Johnson High in Gainesville. He currently is Sports Director for North Georgia Video Productions/Hall County Sports Television.

“I’m tired and not a little beat up,” Glenn said. “I don’t see how T (Moon) did 10. That’s unheard of.”

“I wish he’d (Moon) take some time off and heal up a little bit,” Kidd added. “You need to do that after all that heavy lifting.”

Other world records were set at the meet by 20-year-old Timothy Townsend of Gainesville with a 600-pound pull in the 198-pound dead lift class. Athens’ Al Hunter also set a record in the 45-49-year-old 275-pound class with a 640-pound dead lift.

Other IronDawgs who finished first were 20-year-old Isaac Sandoval and 30-year-old Clint Cochran with dead lifts of 480 and 405 in the 220- and 198-pound classes, respectively. Clermont’s Rene Holquin also set a record in the 20-25-year-old, 181-pound class with a 500-pound pull, and Footit did so in the 25-29-year-old 220-pound class with a 500-pound dead lift. Allen’s 475 was good enough for second.

North Hall Middle School student Corey Reece also lifted unattached at the mini-meet and had an outstanding day in the 181-pound class, setting two bench world records.

Reece cleared a world record in the 13-15-year-old raw division with a lift of 200 pounds. He also cleared a single ply equipped lift of 220 pounds and hoisted a dead lift 350 pounds.
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