2007 100% Raw World Bench Press Championships Review!

The 2007 100% Raw World Bench Press Championships were held in Currituck, NC. on November 17th. Every division was loaded with talent and we witnessed great feats of strength! Learn more here...

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Contest Review
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Currituck County North Carolina was once again host to the bench press worlds. The lifting was, as always, fantastic with huge trophies and World championship belts awarded. Although there were a multitude of divisions, I always like to list the top lifters in each weight class.

Every class was loaded with talent, so even if I don’t mention all the lifters, I want to thank all the athletes who took the time to compete and support the 100% RAW organization. The Chris Balances, Daryl Sylvester’s, Sylvester Freeman’s, and one of the finest meet directors I’ve ever known John Shifflett.

There were 30 new World records in this event and many more state and National records. This event had 25 lifters drug tested and with results pending at press time. We will be looking to take the show on the road in 2008.

States we are looking at are Texas, California, Nevada, Illinois and Florida. We will take a poll on our forum and this will play a huge roll in our determination of location.

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-> Women's Divisions:
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    Every year the closest class is the women’s division, as it always seems to come down to Kelly Wescott of North Carolina and Kerry Self of Virginia. Kelly proved why she’s one of the best, as she hit a big 170 at 132. Somehow Kerry seems to know just what she needs, as her 165 at 123, edged Kelly once again and earned her a third consecutive world title.


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Kerry Self.

    Can she make it four, or will 2008 be Kelly’s year? Finishing in third was Janet Whestone who benched a solid 132 in the 148 weight class.

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-> Men's Divisions:
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    A second consistent of the world meet, is the 148 class will be the largest. With twenty seven lifters, just finishing in the top ten was an accomplishment. Master lifter Wayne Claypatch of NY found his 248 bench enough to earn him his second third place finish in four years. The real battle came down to Billy Edwards of North Carolina and Brandon Silva.

    Billy opened with 251, Brandon raised the bar with 265. Billy hit 271 on his second, but Brandon again answered hitting 275. Billy nailed 281 on his third attempt, but this time Brandon couldn’t answer leaving him as the runner up for the second strait year and earning Billy his first World title. Finishing in eighth was local legend Bryon Swain who won the best lifter Master award in the 60+ category.

    Two things I can say about the 165’s. Looking at the past results, this was the most loaded 165 class ever. Second. This was the most talented division from top to bottom at the 2007 worlds. 2005 world champion John Self upped his bench to 369 for 2007. It was one pound less then the best ever of 370 set in 2003 by Corky Bagget.

    Should have been a hard lift to beat, right? John ended up in fourth. That’s just how insane this class was. Larry Dyles also hit 369, but on bodyweight found himself in third place. Kwansh Ackah of Maryland only got one attempt, but it was 408 pounds at 165. He crushed the meet record by almost forty pounds.


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Kwansh Ackah.

    Then there was James Love who opened up with 374, and looked to be a solid second. Then he took a nice jump to 414 to take the title and the meet record, then returned for a 419 to secure the 165 World title. Interestingly, due to Kwansh’s being a lot lighter, he actually won the best lifter light award as well as the best lifter police/fire/military award.

    I would also like to mention Donnell Moore and Michael Binkley who both hit 353 to finish in fifth and sixth place. There has been many years that 353 would have earned a world title. Can’t say it enough. Wow. What a class.

    The 181 class can often be boring, because it’s the “Chill” Will Lynch show. Will is absolutely one of the nicest lifters I’ve ever met, which probably does little to ease the pain as he has won five strait world titles, and never needed more then his first attempt to do it. Will nailed his opener of 413, but something different was in the air.

    From Florida a young man named Stephen Judah had listed a 452 opener. Could he deliver? He did, setting a new meet record. Although Will has benched 450 on several occasions, he didn’t have the strength to leap over that mark. The scary part about Stephen is he’s only a junior, and won the best lifter junior award. Finishing in third was 2006 198 runner up, Anthony Bannerman.

    Finishing in fifth was Ken Connelly of Illinois who won the best lifter (40-49), and in sixth was Michael Rossi of Massachusetts, who earned a world championship belt and best lifter award for being pound per pound the best teen lifter of the meet. This was another very loaded class.

    No-one had ever won back to back titles at 198. Robert Barradas of Georgia used a 452 bench to become the first, and was only four pounds off breaking the third meet record of the day. He also earned the best Submaster award. The scary part about Robert is he’s strong enough to contend for the 220 title, and yet at 189 pounds he’s a light 198.

    Maybe he can be the first lifter to win six strait titles, breaking the mark of Will Lynch. George Silva of Massachusetts used a 375 to finish in second, and Mitchell Summerfield of North Carolina landed in third.

    With sixteen competitors, the 220 division was tied with the 165’s as the second biggest class of the day. With no world champions on hand at 220, the question was who would win their first title. Kristopher Dulmer of New York used a 419 to earn the third spot. Carleton Pickett finished second in 2006, but even a twenty-pound jump to 441 left him in second again.

    In the end it was a surprise. Roy O’Dwyer who competes in the masters (55-59) age group proved what a master lifter can do nailing a 463 to earn the 220 world title, the master world title, and the best lifter (50-59). Absolutely one of the most inspirational lifts of the day.


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Bench Press Competitor.

    In 2006 the 242 class was the toughest of the meet, but missing the top three lifters from last year, this class was up for grabs. Scott Parrish took advantage using a 375 for the third spot. 220 runner up Joseph Roscoe moved up a class and his 402 was enough to earn him another runner up spot, this time at 242. 2005 world champion Jeremy hit a 413 to win his second world title in three years. Congratulations Jeremy.

    At 275 two time world champion and meet record holder Michael Belk moved up a class, clearing the way for another champion. Michael Stewart took third with 435, but the real war was for first between long time competitor Donald Owens and Dean Curtis.

    Dean opened with 429, but Donald hit 451 to win the first round. Dean and Donald would both hit 463 on their second attempts, and both missed their thirds. It came down to body weight, and Dean was the lighter lifter. What a great finish!!!

    In the heavy weight class Michael Belk increased weight translated to the biggest bench of the day. 584. It was enough to earn Michael his third world title, as well as the meet record, and the best lifter heavyweight award. He now holds the record at both 275 and SHW, joining Paul Bossi as the only muti class meet record holder. The always-popular Herman Canada used a 474 to take second in the class, and finishing in third was John Myers.

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-> Special Thanks:
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    I want to give a special thanks to all the officials. Jim Roberts of Maryland (head judge), local lifting legend Gene Berry, John Shifttlett, Jeremy Wright, and the worlds strongest judge Carl Elliott. Thanks to the table help of Teresa Lancaster, Melanie Leigh, and the world champion of table help Pam Balance. Thanks to the concessions of Nancy Brown and the Currituck High School wrestling team.

    I also want to thank the sponsors, because they are the ones that make these fantastic meets possible. Bodybuilding.com, APT Pro wrist wraps, Powerlifting USA Magazine, Critical Bench.com, Elizabeth City Jaycees, Fitness Warehouse of Elizabeth City NC, Elizabeth City Trophy and awards of NC, Bryon and Janet Swain of Elizabeth City NC, Rod Blackwell and Ram Works cleaning company of Raleigh, Brute Strength Gym of Norfolk, Va and BMF Sports. Com.

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Conclusion
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This meet was an exhibition in RAW strength, and a special congratulations to Kerry Self, Robert Barradas, and Michael Belk for successfully defending their titles. What a great performance by junior lifter Stephan Judah, and for veteran Roy O’Dwyer. Hope to see everyone next year. Train hard.

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Contest Results
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WR = World Record / M = Meet record.

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-> Men's 148 & Below:
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    B. Edwards - 281
    B. Silva - 276
    W. Claypatch - 248
    J. Manuel - 242
    B. Zak - 231
    H. Claypatch - 204
    P. DiDario - 198
    B. Swain - 187
    J. Powell - 187
    B. Harris - 182
    B. Etringer - 176
    K. Wescott - 171
    K. Self - 165
    S. Gubbs - 165
    C. Gomes - 154
    C. Waggoner - 154
    J. Feldman - 138
    J. Martin - 132
    J. Powell - 132
    J. Whetstone - 132
    J. McBride - 112
    J. Zak - 110
    K. Connelly - 94
    C. Dantzler - 77
    H. Lassiter - 66
    A. Fazio - 0

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    J. Love - 419 M
    K. Ackah - 408
    L. Dyles - 369
    J. Self - 369
    D. Moore - 353
    M. Binkley - 353
    J. Brown - 336
    F. Wescott - 292
    C. Balance - 242
    C. Henry - 237
    D. Sylvester - 231
    A. Donahoe - 215
    S. Kirkwood - 209
    A. Salton - 182
    R. Fecteau - 176
    E. Adams - 116

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    S. Judah - 452 M
    W. Lynch - 413
    A. Bannerman - 397
    G. Columbo - 380
    K. Connelly - 358
    M. Rossi - 336
    K. Dobson - 325
    N. Apseloff - 281
    D. Jones - 276
    J. Wheeler - 226

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    R. Barradas - 452
    G. Silva - 375
    M. Summerfield - 353
    R. Powell - 287
    J. Secrist - 276
    M. Wilson - 270
    B. Dahlahmer - 254
    J. Ruffalo - 248
    A. Patterson - 0

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    R. O’Dwyer - 463
    C. Pickett - 441
    K. Dulmer - 419
    S. Freeman - 397
    K. Pitt - 391
    D. Lhota - 364
    J. Jackson - 353
    J. Shifflett - 336
    J. McReynolds - 298
    J. Echols - 292
    B. Powell - 287
    N. Montgomery - 242
    W. Anderson - 209
    M. Israetel - 0
    N. Givens - 0
    A. Kadick - 0

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    J. Wright - 413
    J. Roscoe - 402
    S. Parrish - 375
    J. Kelly - 364
    C. Kennedy - 353
    A. Brown - 314
    I. Brooks - 303
    CW Betts - 287
    M. Doherty - 176

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    D. Curtis - 463
    D. Owens - 463
    M. Steward - 435
    D. Trang - 347
    E. Stine - 314
    B. Biggs - 0

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    M. Belk - 584 M
    H. Canada - 474
    J. Myers - 386
    W. Walker - 364
    D. Bateman - 281
    S. Dellinger - 0

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    (Open)

      J. McBride - 112

    (14-15)

      K. Connelly - 94

    (Jr)

      J. McBride - 112

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    (45-49)

      H. Lassiter - 66

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    (Open)

      K. Self - 165

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    (45-49)

      K. Wescott - 171

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-> Women's 148:
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    (Open)

      J. Zak - 110

    (30-34)

      J. Zak - 110 WR

    (40-44)

      J. Whetstone - 132

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    (16-17)

      E. Adams - 116

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-> Men's 105:
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    (Open)

      J. Martin - 125

    (18-19)

      J. Martin - 125

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-> Men's 114:
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    (Open)

      H. Claypatch - 204 WR

    (20-24)

      H. Claypatch - 204 WR

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-> Men's 123:
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    (Open)

      B. Swain - 187 B. Etringer - 176

    (12-13)

      C. Dantzler - 77

    (14-15)

      B. Etringer - 176 WR

    (18-19)

      A. Fazio - 0

    (70-74)

      B. Swain - 187

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    (Open)

      J. Powell - 187

    (12-13)

      S. Gubbs - 165 WR

    (14-15)

      B. Harris - 182 WR
      J. Feldman - 138
      X. Escala - 132

    (16-17)

      J. Powell 187
      C. Gomes 154

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    (Open)

      B. Edwards - 281
      B. Silva - 276
      W. Claypatch - 248
      J. Manuel - 242
      B. Zak - 231

    (16-17)

      P. DiDario - 198

    (18-19)

      J. Manuel - 242

    (25-29)

      B. Silva - 276

    (30-34)

      B. Edwards - 281
      B. Zak - 231

    (60-64)

      C. Waggoner - 154 WR

    (P/F/M)

      B. Silva - 276 WR

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    (Open)

      J. Love - 419 WR
      K. Ackah - 408
      L. Dyles - 369
      J. Self - 369
      D. Moore - 353
      M. Binkley - 353
      J. Brown - 336
      C. Balance - 242
      D. Sylvester - 231
      A. Donohoe - 215

    (14-15)

      C. Henry - 237 WR

    (16-17)

      S. Kirkwood - 209

    (18-19)

      A. Salton - 182

    (20-24)

      L. Dyles - 369 WR
      D. Moore - 353
      M. Binkley - 353
      C. Balance - 242
      D. Sylvester - 231

    (25-29)

      K. Ackah - 408 WR

    (30-34)

      J. Brown - 336

    (35-39)

      J. Self - 369 WR

    (50-54)

      F. Wescott - 292

    (55-59)

      A. Donahoe - 215 WR

    (60-64)

      R. Fecteau - 176

    (P/F/M)

      K. Ackah - 408 WR
      M. Binkley - 353
      C. Balance - 242

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    (Open)

      S. Judah - 452
      W. Lynch - 413
      A. Bannerman - 397
      G. Columbo - 380
      K. Dobson - 325
      J. Wheeler - 225

    (14-15)

      N. Apseloff - 281 WR

    (16-17)

      J. Wheeler - 226

    (18-19)

      M. Rossi - 336 WR
      D. Jones - 276

    (20-24)

      S. Judah - 452 WR

    (P/F/M)

      S. Judah - 452 WR

    (35-39)

      W. Lynch - 413
      A. Bannerman - 397
      G. Columbo - 380
      K. Dobson - 226

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    (Open)

      R. Barradas - 451
      M. Summerfield - 353
      M. Wilson - 270

    (20-24)

      J. Secrist - 276
      M. Wilson - 270

    (35-39)

      R. Barradas - 452

    (45-49)

      G. Silva - 375
      A. Patterson - 0

    (55-59)

      R. Powell - 287

    (70-74)

      B. Dahlamer - 254 WR
      J. Ruffalo - 248

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    (Open)

      C. Pickett - 441
      K. Dulmer - 419
      K. Pitt - 391
      D. Lhota - 364
      J. McReynolds - 298
      J. Echols - 292
      B. Powell - 297
      N. Givens - 0
      A. Kadick - 0

    (18-19)

      A. Kadick - 0

    (20-24)

      M. Isratel - 0

    (35-39)

      C. Pickett - 441
      J. Jackson - 0

    (40-44)

      S. Freeman - 397 WR

    (45-49)

      J. Shifflett - 336

    (50-54)

      D. Lhota - 364
      B. Powell - 287
      N. Montgomery - 242

    (55-59)

      R. O’Dwyer - 463 WR

    (65-69)

      W. Anderson - 209

    (P/F/M)

      S. Freeman - 397 WR
      B. Powell - 287

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    (Open)

      J. Wright - 413
      J. Kelly - 364
      C. Kennedy - 353

    (12-13)

      M. Doherty - 176 WR

    (16-17)

      A. Brown - 314

    (18-19)

      CW Betts - 287

    (25-29)

      J. Wright - 413

    (30-34)

      J. Kelly - 364

    (35-39)

      S. Parrish - 375
      C. Kennedy - 353

    (45-49)

      J. Roscoe - 402

    (60-64)

      I. Brooks - 303

    (P/F/M)

      S. Parrish - 375

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    (Open)

      D. Owens - 463

    (18-19)

      D. Trang - 347

    (30-34)

      D. Owens - 463

    (35-39)

      D. Curtis - 453
      M. Steward - 435

    (40-44)

      R. Biggs - 0

    (55-59)

      E. Stine - 314 WR

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    (Open)

      M. Belk - 584 WR
      J. Myers - 385
      D. Bateman - 281
      S. Dellinger - 0

    (16-17)

      D. Bateman - 281

    (20-24)

      W. Walker - 364

    (25-29)

      S. Dellinger - 0

    (30-34)

      M. Belk - 584 WR

    (P/F/M)

      J. Myers - 386 WR

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    (Open)

      H. Canada - 474 WR
      T. Dillard Jr. - 0

    (35-39)

      H. Canada - 474 WR

    (45-49)

      T. Dillard Jr. - 0

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    Teen: Michael Rossi
    Female: Kerry Self
    Submaster: Robert Barradas
    Master 1: Ed Connelly
    Master 2: Roy O’Dwyer
    Master 3: Brian Swain
    Light Weight: Kwansh Ackah
    Middle Weight: Robert Barradas
    Heavyweight: Michael Belk
    Junior: Steven Judah
    P/F/M: Kwansh Ackah

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    Teen: Michael Rossi
    Female: Kerry Self
    Master: Roy O’Dwyer
    Lightweight: Billy Edwards
    165lb Class: James Love
    181 lb Class: Steven Judah
    198lb Class: Robert Barradas
    220lb Class: Carleton Pickett
    242lb Class: Jeremy Wright
    Heavyweight: Michael Belk
    Super Heavyweight: Herman Canada

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    135 WOMEN

      K. Wescott - 17 K. Self - 9

    135 MEN

      B. Harris - 18

    185 MEN

      A. Bannerman - 34
      J. Self - 31

    225 MEN

      R. O’Dwyer - 37
      K. Pitt - 29
      J. Jackson - 24
      I. Brooks - 11

    275 MEN

      S. Parrish - 16

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-> TEAM CHAMPIONS:
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Raw Dogs Power Lifting Team.

    OPEN: RAW Dogs
    MIXED: Camp Mayhem
    MILITARY: Team Powell (Ft Bragg/Pope AFB)