As the clock hit 9, the smell of pro-tan filled the venue as the 2007 North American competitors steadily made their way to the check in table. One by one, light weights to heavy weights, weighed in and by the looks of it, this was going to be an outstanding show yet again. Fifty competitors graced the stage of the million dollar venue and each one was in top notch condition.
The Juniors’ kicked off the show with 7 competitors; newcomer Matthew Snyder edged out Michael Lehr for the win. After a two year break, Nancy Rowe came back to take the title of Women’s Masters looking better than ever.
Darryle Lee showed up again with paper thin skin and full muscle bellies to take the Men’s Master 35-45 Class. Dale Baker and John Wenisch; showing incredible muscularity for their age rounded out the Men’s Master Classes. The Men’s Novice Class had a strong class of 6 competitors in the light class and 5 in the heavy division.
Joe Lamanna won the light class while Junior winner Matthew Snyder took home the heavy class and the Novice Overall. Veteran competitors Barb Prouty and Karen Murdock battled for the Women’s Light weight class. Barb Prouty squeaked by Karen to win. Like always, the biggest class of the night was the Men’s Open Middles with 8 competitors and featured a lot of big names.
Matthew Beggin pushed hard but Lou Giacco was just too much for the other competitors to handle. He went on to win the class and win the Overall, taking home the coveted Pro Card. Light heavy weight winner Ron Parmeter was runner up to Giacco in the Overall. This year’s show had a packed Heavy weight class but it was powerlifter/ bodybuilder Rick Cancellino was just too big for the other competition.
Figure Competitor Sheena King won the Figure Short division and then went on to bet Figure Tall winner Raelynn Griffith in the overall. The highlight of the show was the Men’s Open Pro class. Bringing names from all over the State of NY and beyond! The competition was fierce as all competitors were in top conditioning.
Seven Pro’s in all turned out to battle, but competitor Mike Halsey edged out Will Usher to take home the gold. Dave LaClair, Name Le and Pat Firth were not far behind.
With a packed day show and over 600 spectators at night on top of incredible competition in all the classes, the 2007 USBF North American Bodybuilding and Figure Pro/Am was nothing short of successful.