Will Henry Reclaim The Title? 2010 202 Showdown Prejudging Review.

The rivalry between Kevin English and David Henry continues. English was once again able to suck down to the limit of 202 pounds to defend his 202 Showdown title. David Henry, with improved thighs, was ready to fight to regain the title.

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202 Showdown Pre-Judging Review

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This morning the 202 Showdown judging unfolded and allowed fans to see the most exciting battle for the 202 Showdown title so far. The rivalry between Kevin English and David Henry continues. English was once again able to suck down to the limit of 202 pounds to defend his 202 Showdown title. David Henry, with improved thighs, was ready to fight to regain the title.

How can you go wrong? The 2008 champion was competing and so was the 2009 champion. The 2010 showdown is what my basketball coach called the "rubber match," which meant winning two out of three. From all accounts after prejudging, it looks like Henry will be the one to win two out of three.

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Weigh-In
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It's truly amazing that most of these guys weigh less than 200 pounds. The amount of muscle these guys pack onto their frames and still make weight is incredible. After the weigh-in many of the guys carb load and rehydrate and might be 10 pounds heavier by the time they step on stage, but they still look like they weigh more than they do. Incidentally, Eduardo Correa nearly missed qualifying for the show because at the first weigh-in at 7:30 p.m. he weighed 205 pounds. He had until 9:00 p.m. to weigh 202 and he narrowly made it. He was still a little over at 8:52 p.m., but he was able to lose a few more ounces and make the cut.

For anyone curious and would like to know the weight of each athlete at the weigh-in on Wednesday, here is a list:

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Assessments
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Last night I gave a quick assessment of all the athletes at the mens' open judging. Today I'll do the same thing. After each athlete came out with their individual mandatory poses, here were my initial thoughts.


Ahmad Ahmad

My first impression is that his shoulder width was incredible. He has a very aesthetic and athletic looking physique. A little thin in the torso and his back needs more thickness.

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Jason Arntz
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Jason has a well-rounded physique. His conditioning was good, but his legs could have been sharper.

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Eduardo Correa
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He barely made weight the other night and his crispness showed because of whatever he did to make weight. All muscle groups were striated, especially his triceps and lats.

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Kevin English
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No one knows how he weighs 202 pounds. His shoulders are extremely wide and his waist is narrow. That's a really good combo. His skin was very thin and he was in good condition.

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Daryl Gee
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This guy has been using some unorthodox training methods and I'm not talking about an unusual set and rep scheme. He's pulling sleds, doing jumps squats, and utilizing power bands. It's unlike anything I've seen for bodybuilding preps, but Daryl has packed on 15 pounds of muscle by doing. It almost makes want to find a welder to make me a sled that I can pull up and down my street after I get home from work. The neighbors probably wouldn't like it, but if I can pack on a few pounds of muscle with a sled, maybe I could put a spin on the training and turn it into a neighborhood block/sled party.

Anyway, his improvements from last year were noticeable and his coloring was better than last year too. His most muscular with his hands behind his back is just classic. I love that pose and he looks great in it.

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David Henry
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When David Henry is target, really on target, he's very difficult to defeat - even in the open class. He was on target today. I still think he's been just a little sharper in the past, but he's done his homework this time around. Henry's most muscular is an awesome sight to behold.

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Jaroslav Horvath
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Like Troy Alves following Branch last night, Jaroslav had the unfortunate luck of following David Henry. He was in decent shape and it'll be easier to judge him when he's in the comparison round. His legs could have been sharper.

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Ricky Jackson
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By himself Ricky looks small so he didn't look very massive in the solo round. He looked to be holding some water, but he might tighten up a bit as he poses. I still think his similarity to Dexter is very apparent in his most muscular.

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Stan Mcquay
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Stan has amazing structure. He looks tall for this class. His quads could be a little sharper, but his back was pretty crisp.

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Luc Molines
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This was the first time I saw this guy. He has a good build and worthy of being on the Showdown stage, but wasn't going to be vying for a top spot.

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Steve Namat
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I started to think these guys were clones when Steve came walking out because many of them look so similar in size, shape and structure. The color was about the same too. I say that only to make the point that Steve looked great, but he didn't have the flare of David Henry or Kevin English to really stand out.

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Bola Ojex
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He reminded me of Kevin English only smaller. His structure is very similar, but has less size and he's not as sharp.

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Jose Raymond
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Thick is the word that came to mind. His conditioning was good and he even had striated glutes. He will be in the running for a top spot. If his chest was a little thicker and he had more separation, he might be unstoppable. Very impressive.

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Roc Shabazz
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I love this guy's name. It's just fun to say. His physique is pretty good too. Based on how he looked in the indivdual poses, I could possibly see him in the top six.

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Mike Valentino
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He was shaking badly as he posed. He was either dehydrated, missing some minerals or hadn't practiced posing enough. It could have been all three. He was in my "clone category" with a few of the other guys.

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Comparisons

Quarter Turns And Mandatories
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They were brought out in groups of five to make comparisons. Correa and English were in this first group. English stood out and made Gee look small. The reigning champion out-muscled Correa and Kevin really made Correa's thighs look tiny.

The next group had Henry and McQuay in it. They both stood out. I didn't think Jackson popped out in the group. Jaroslav looked thick next to Jackson. McQuay looked very wide in the shoulders - and in the waist. Luc Molines looked like a mini Gary Strydom, complete with a huge smile.

Jose Raymond stood out in the next group, but his lack of chest size and thickness was exemplified standing next to the other guys and Roc Shabazz was one of those other guys.

First Callout

To me it was the classic apples to oranges cliché for this round. And we could throw in a couple of bananas while we're at it. When I mentioned earlier about clones, the only clone to make this first round was Arntz.

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Second Callout

Two of the clones, Valentino and Horvath, made it to the second callout. My eyes kept being drawn to the non-clones of McQuay and Daryl Gee. McQuay has the aesthetics and Gee has the shape and size to boot. Horvath held is own, though.

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Third Callout

Ahmad looked very thin in this group. Shabazz's legs looked smaller than Gee's. Valentino showed good conditioning. Daryl was breathing pretty hard and started to fade a bit.

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Fourth Callout

McQuay started to fade in this comparison while Horvath seemed to gain a second wind.

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Fifth Callout

This was to see who was in the top ten

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Sixth Callout

This was for the top four right there. Jose and Eduardo were kept front and center and Kevin and David were sent back while Raymond and Correa did a comparison together. This was very close. Raymond was thicker and blockier with good conditioning. Correa had better separation - and a thicker chest.

Kevin and David were then compared together. English had a more dramatic x-frame than Henry. His waist was tiny, but English looked to be fading and Henry came on strong and looked more energetic.

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Conclusion
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It was a very close competition. When things first started, I thought English was going to reclaim his title, but as it progressed, I started to think Henry was going to take it. The consensus of those sitting around me seemed to think the same.

To me it looked like Correa will take third and Jose Raymond will come in fourth. That's mostly because of Correa's separation and he just pops when you look at him. Jose is big and thick but just doesn't leap out like Correa does.

Since this is Las Vegas and if I were a betting man, I'd have to bet on David Henry winning the "rubber match" that I referred to earlier in this article. We'll find out tonight at the Orleans Arena.

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