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Posted by on Aug 23, 2013

Team USA – Men’s Junior World Powerlifting

Team USA – Men’s Junior World Powerlifting

 

Team USA, the defending Junior World Powerlifting Champions will try to replicate their amazing performance last year in Poland. How special was that win last year? Not only did the Team USA score perfect with five gold medals, but it was the first time since 2006 that the USA has won the Junior Title. Not to disrespect the team of 2006, but the Russians were not present during that year. So, last year, going head-to-head with and beating Team Russia (in Europe), provided Team USA with a special moment.

Not to forget the 2006 Junior World Powerlifting Champions, here is a list of Team USA’s lifters; Mike Hafenbrack (1st), David Hammers, Josh Rohr, Travis Godawa, Jonathan Albritton, Derek Brixius, Jessie Betzinger (1st), Michael Tucscherer (1st), & Jon Krogman. Many of these lifters will be in attendance this weekend in Killeen.

Led by Junior Coach, Curt St. Romain, Team USA has the momentum. With the competition being in the heart of junior powerlifting (Texas) and four (of five) of last years champions returning, Team USA is in better position than last year. However, don’t think the Russians are not coming with everything they have! Saturday we will post our meet predictions, including the predicted paths to victory for each team.

SubJunior Coach Joe Lewis has put together a beautiful webpage for the SubJunior Men and Women’s Teams. Check it out here 

 

2013 Men’s Junior World Powerlifting Team

 

Coaching Staff

 

Head Coach – Curt St. Romain
Assistants – Cort Spellman, Jim Battenfield, David Hammers, & Jonathan Albritton

 

Team Members and Accomplishments

 

53kg Class – Aaron Burch

Aaron Burch

Hometown: Lake Cormorant, MS
Nomination Lifts: Squat 212.5kg/468lbs, Bench 140kg/308lbs, Deadlift 130kg/286lbs, and Total 482.5kg/1,064lbs.
Accomplishments: 2013 Junior National Champion

 

53kg Class – Mario Leos

Hometown: Seguin, TX
College: University of Texas
Nomination Lifts: Squat 167.5kg/369lbs, Bench 110kg/242lbs, Deadlift 175kg/389lbs, and Total 467.5kg/1,040lbs.
Accomplishments: 2013 Junior National Champion
2013 Collegiate National Champion

 

66kg Class – James Vang

Hometown: Appleton, WI
College: University of Georgia
Nomination Lifts: Squat 252.5kg/556lbs, Bench 155kg/341lbs, Deadlift 242.5kg/537lbs, and Total 650kg/1,432lbs.
Accomplishments: 2012 Collegiate National Champion
2013 Collegiate National Champion
2013 Junior National Champion

 

74kg Class – Jordan Dunn

Hometown: West Monroe, LA
College: Louisiana Tech University
Nomination Lifts: Squat 320kg/705lbs, Bench 217.5kg/479lbs, Deadlift 252.5kg/556lbs, and Total 790kg/1,741lbs.
Accomplishments: 2011 Junior World Medalist
2012 Junior World Champion
2013 Collegiate National Champion

 

93kg Class – Ian Bell

Hometown: San Antonio, TX
College: University of Texas
Nomination Lifts: Squat 345kg/760lbs, Bench 210kg/463lbs, Deadlift 340kg/750lbs, and Total 895kg/1,991lbs.
Accomplishments: 2 x Texas High School State Champion
2011, 2012, & 2013 Collegiate National Champion
2012 Junior Raw National Champion
2012 Junior Raw World Champion
2012 Junior World Champion
3 x GNC Pro Deadlift Wilks Champion (Arnold)

 

105kg Class – Chris Vickery

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
College: Sam Houston State University
Nomination Lifts: Squat 265kg/584lbs, Bench 250kg/551lbs, Deadlift 305kg/672lbs, and Total 920kg/2,028lbs.
Accomplishments: 2010 Teenage National Champion
NAPF Open & Junior Champion
2011 Junior National Champion

 

120kg Class – Preston Turner

Hometown: Victoria, TX
College: University of Texas
Nomination Lifts: Squat 352.5kg/777lbs, Bench 325kg/716lbs, Deadlift 282.5kg/623lbs, and Total 960kg/2,135lbs. (2012 Junior Worlds he totaled 990.5kg/2,183lbs)
Accomplishments: 2010 Texas High School State Champion
2010 SubJunior World Champion
2011, 2012, & 2013 Collegiate National Champion
2011 Junior World (Runner-Up)
2012 Junior World Champion
2012 & 2013 Arnold Classic Bench Champion
Multiple Bench World Record Holder

 

120kg Class – Scott Dobbins

Scott Dobbins, Texas A&M, Junior Worlds

Hometown: Burkburnett, TX
College: Texas A&M University (Electrical Engineering)
Nomination Lifts: Squat 350kg/771lbs, Bench 255kg/562lbs, Deadlift 275kg/606lbs, and Total 880kg/1,940lbs.
Accomplishments: 2013 Collegiate All-American
2013 Junior National Champion

 

120+kg Class – Aaron Gonzales

Aaron Gonzalez

Hometown: Palestine, TX
College: Sam Houston State University
Nomination Lifts: Squat 367.5kg/810lbs, Bench 272.5kg/600lbs, Deadlift 240kg/529lbs, and Total 880kg/1,940lbs. (2012 Junior Worlds he totaled 977.5kg/2,155)
Accomplishments: 2012 Collegiate National Champion
2012 Junior World Champion
2012 & 2013 Junior National Champion

 

Check out the Junior Women’s Team here

In case you missed, here is the 21 Day nominations with a daily schedule

 

We will be covering the IPF SubJunior and Junior World Championships live from Killeen, TX.  Please enter your email address to get the daily report sent straight to your inbox!

 

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