- Wt class – 275lb and SHW (275lb+)
- Hometown – DePere, WI
- Career – 1994 to present
- USAPL Men’s Nationals – 98, 99, 2000, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 07
- USAPL Bench Press Nationals – 2001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 07, 09
- IPF Bench Press Worlds – 2001, 03, 04, 08
- Arnold Bench Press competition – 2007, 2008
- Wisconsin State/Badger/Hudson Open – 1996, 97, 98, 99, 2000, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 11, 12, 13, 14
- State records – 275lb class open bench press and total
- SHW (275lb+) open – bench press
- State masters – SHW squat, bench press, deadlift, and total
- State RAW – squat, bench press, and total
- State masters RAW – squat, bench press, and total
- National records – 275lb open bench press
- National masters record – SHW bench press record in 3 lift
- IPF World records – 3 lift bench press 2003 and 2x in 2004 (661lb) and (677/694lb)
- IPF World record bench only – 2007 at (712lb)
- 275lb class – 815lb squat, 715lb bench press, 667lb deadlift and 2155lb total
- SHW (275+lb) class – 837lb squat, 688lb bench press, 705lb deadlift and 2177lb total
- SHW RAW – 700lb squat, 490lb bench press, 650lb deadlift and 1820lb total
I started powerlifting in 1994 and was immediately hooked. I have done a state level meet of some kind every year since 1996 except 2010 because of injuries. I have been fortunate enough to compete for the USA in World competitions 4 times and plan to add a few more before I’m done as a Master lifter.The experience and friendships I’ve gained along the way have been the greatest draw of this sport.
In Jan 2014 I competed in my 1st ever RAW competition. I absolutely loved it and plan to do it again. I really enjoyed stripping it down and finding out what we can truly lift without the gear. I do love geared lifting as well but the RAW element is fun.
I feel fortunate to have lifted my entire career in Wisconsin. Our state is terrific in the USAPL and the legacy of Wisconsin powerlifting runs very deep. Thanks goes out to all the meet promoters, officials and helpers that make so many state level meets in Wisconsin truly successful and enjoyable.
Summer is in full swing and so is the powerlifting season. Lots of links within. Many highlights for you:
June was busy
- The Badger Open in Neenah with 100+ competitors on two platforms! Many American and state records broken. State records to be updated within the week.
- 8-9 members competed in Men’s Nationals in Philadelphia on June 20-22
- The National Governing Body (NGB) meeting was held on June 12 in Philly. Many topics discussed and voted on. Effective on January 1, ’15 all sanctioned USAPL contests will be utilizing the IPF weight classes (link to rulebook, weight classes on page 7). One exception will be high school only contests including high school nationals. State records for current weight classes will be ‘frozen’ on 12-31-14 and a new set will commence on 1-1-15 unless the competitor’s bodyweight is at or under the IPF weight class on competition day (per published results). Another topic of interest to many; implement qualifying totals (QT) Raw Nationals in 2015 – passed. This year’s contest will be the last without QTs. The complete minutes are available online.
July – the action hasn’t slowed down! Not at all
- Several members competing at Raw Nationals in Aurora, CO on July 18, 19 & 20th. I will be there as a member of the officiating team.
- The Neenah powerlifting camp is still taking entrants. Open to all ages and experience levels. This camp is going to be a great experience for all who attend. The dates are July 18 and 19.
August also has a competition right here in the state the Omro Summer Classic is August 2 for competitors between the ages of 14 and 19. Not too late to sign up for this contest. It is also a qualifier for the USAPL High School Championships held in Milwaukee next March.
There are also many sub-junior (14-18) and junior (19-23) Wisconsin members training over the summer for September international competition in Hungary. If you want to learn more about the selection process, check out this article authored by Trey Cunningham of powerliftinghigh.com
Five newly certified state referees have joined the Wisconsin officiating crew; A. Philips, G. Kiriaki, J. Hahn, R. Johnston, S. Schubert and T. Danko. Working four additional candidates as well. Robert Crawford has achieved the national referee level at the recent Men’s Nationals, the same contest where he was presented with the USAPL/ADFPA Founders Award by our organization’s VP & Pres. This is to recognize 30+ years of starting and growing the drug-free organization we enjoy today.
Phew! Done typing for the moment. Be sure to ‘like’ the USAPL Wisconsin Facebook page to keep up on photos and news of the moment. The wiusapl.org website has a new athlete profile with another soon to be uploaded. Check them out!
Enjoy the summer,
WI USAPL State Chair
- Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
- Weight Class: 145/148 and 163/165
- USAPL Elite totals in both 145 (1445 in January of 2014) and 163 (1609 in June of 2014) weight classes
- 2nd place USAPL Open Nationals 2014 in Philadelphia, PA at 163
- 3rd place USAPL Open Nationals 2012 in Orlando, FL at 145
- 2nd place USAPL Teen/Junior Nationals 2005 in Killeen, TX at 132
- 1st place USAPL Teen/Junior Nationals 2004 in Lincoln, NE at 132
- 2nd place USAPL High School Nationals 2003 in Omaha, NE at 132
- 1st place USAPL Teen/Junior Nationals 2003 in Baton Rouge, LA at 132
- 1st place WHSPA High School State Championships 2003 at 132
Best Competition Lifts (163 pound weight class)
- Squat: 606 pounds
- Bench: 452 pounds
- Deadlift: 551 pounds
- Total: 1609 pounds
I was introduced to powerlifting by my cousin, Kyle Ricchio. He was my hero and mentor in this sport, and I did everything I could to follow in his footsteps. I was introduced to the Horlick High School powerlifting head coach, Bruce Sullivan, and from then on, I was hooked on powerlifting. I wanted to learn anything, and everything about it.
The first meet I ever competed in was a local high school meet held at Horlick High School. Weighing in around 120 pounds, I did a 265 squat, 155 bench, and a 325 deadlift, for a 745 total, and qualified for the High School State Championships. I competed consistently from 2001 through 2006, at the state and national level.
From 2007-2010, my attention shifted to finishing my college degree in architecture at UWM, and getting started with my career at Christopher Kidd & Associates, Architects and Engineers. I was able to continue working out, but nothing close to the high intensity, competition level I was used to.
Late in 2010, I got the urge to get back on the platform, and trained for the local Wisconsin State Open held in Milwaukee WI in January of 2011. From that point on, my training has been very consistent, both in equipped and raw. I am currently training with one of the best powerlifting coaches in the country, RG Luckow, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Update at of 7/16/14:
Bad news: The Neenah Powerlifting Camp scheduled for this weekend has been canceled. This camp was for all ages and experience levels. Just not enough participants to make it happen this year. A huge thank you goes out to Joe Lewis and the Neenah coaching team for their willingness to put on this camp.
Huge thanks to Julia Gegenbach for the great photos below from the 2014 Badger Open.