Review and Photos by Mark Mason
From the last notes of Teresa Scott’s soulful rendition of the national anthem to the fade to black of newly crowned overall champion John Smith lying prostrate at center stage the 2007 Oregon State Championships overflowed with excitement and stiff competition.
This is the sixth year that Andre “Bam Bam” Scott has promoted the show and it was a virtual whose who of the best in the Pacific Northwest guest posers. The evening featured national contenders Shaun Calder, Gerri Deach, Gary Harden, and Todd Scott along with a glimpse of USA bound Kenny Gipson.
Leading the pack of bodybuilding fanatics as the MC was former Emerald Cup winner Turk Fickling. Fickling incited the crowd to cheer on the competitors with a loud “OH YEAH” at select high points of the show. And respond they did. The standing room only crowd threatened to lift the roof off the Parkrose high school auditorium.
Bitter Sweet Overall Victory:
Overall men’s champion, John Smith, was so overwrought with emotion after Fickling announced him as overall winner he collapsed on the stage for a full five minutes. Big John has had several near misses this season being edged out several times for overall awards. His persistence paid off as he defeated a phenomenally conditioned Steve Wiltshire.
Wiltshire, the masters overall winner and the open light heavyweight winner, was in superb condition and posed masterfully. Middleweight Andy Rasmusen was at the top of his game also.
In the women’s divisions it was the night of the masters. Fifty-eight year old Kay Friend sauntered up from Medford to show the younger women what a lifetime of training will do. Wonder Women Friend won the open figure short class and the open women middleweight bodybuilding class.
Equally impressive was masters bodybuilding champ Dani Craig’s victories. Craig took home the masters and open bodybuilding overalls and for good margin, along with her partner Devon Stephenson, the mixed pairs trophy.
The Women Figure boasted some great new talent. Under 5’ 6” and overall winner Joanna Wilson displayed a physique with a perfect balance of size, shape, and conditioning. The over 5’ 6” winner Sherri Suppes presented herself well pulled off an impressive victory defeating the likes of Erica Aydeoltte and Kristina Tjernlund.
Men's Novice Divisions:
The novice men division was one of the most entertaining of the evening. Middleweight and overall winner Bryan Dettra brought a very symmetrical physique to the stage. It was his pleasing lines and melodic posing routine that brought him to victory. That’s not to say it was a walk in the park for Dettra. Novice heavyweight winner “Mad Man” Miguel Sampo pushed him hard.
Sampo is no stranger to Oregon stages and judging from crowd response he brought the whole neighborhood along. Dettra and Sampo revived the art of the posedown besting each other’s favorite poses.
Also featured at the event was the 2007 Oregon State bench press competition and the 2007 Hot Body competition. For complete results visit oregonbodybuilidng.com.
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