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2006 NEPA Mr./Ms. Natural Bodybuilding & Figure Contest Review & Results!

The 2006 NEPA Mr./Ms. Natural Bodybuilding & Figure Contest was held on October 14th at the West Scranton intermediate school in Pennsylvania. Nearly 40 competitors took part in the inaugural show! Find results and pictures here!

Contest Review

The first annual USBF sanctioned Northeastern Pennsylvania Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Competition was a huge success on Saturday, October 14, 2006 at the West Scranton intermediate school.

Nearly 40 competitors took part in the inaugural show, with Steven Boyer of McVeytown, Pennsylvania taking top honors on the men's side, winning Men's Masters 35+, Men's Open Middleweight, Men's Open Middleweight Nationals, as well as being named the Overall Champion of the show. Carolyn Brinkley of Pikesville, Maryland was the big winner of the women's bodybuilding competition, adding first place awards in Women's Masters 35+ and Women's Open Middleweight to the night's Overall Winner for women.

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Various Competitors.

Nearly 300 spectators were treated to a rousing nighttime finals show, which was hosted by Scranton native Chris Barnes, just recently returned to his roots after spending time in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, writing for Saturday Night Live, appearing with the Second City Theatre, where he performed with such greats as John Belushi, Dan Akroyd and some of the Who's Line Is It Anyway cast. In California, the karate black belt appeared in such television shows as Life with Bonnie and Seinfeld, while operating his own comedy school.

Also on stage that night, Janel Brown of Clarks Summit, PA, prepped for her upcoming appearance in the National Powerlifting championships with a squat of 351 pounds.

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Janel Brown.

Another highlight of the show was the recognition of two well-known figures in the world of bodybuilding and powerlifting, James �"Chimsey� Williams, the first man to bench press over 700 pounds, and Bob O'Leary, the founder of BOSS Sports Supplements, and the one-time head of the World Arm Wrestling Association.

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Various Competitors.

Rundown Of Winners

-> Men's Juniors:

    A battle of Pennsylvania men highlighted the men's junior category, as Kris Pisarcik of Wilkes-Barre, thrilled his fans in attendance with a victory in this category, beating young Jason Sensi of nearby Moosic. Anthony Saltsman of finished third.

-> Men's Novice:

    This was a huge category, with nine competitors battling to the end, and again, it was a good showing for Pennsylvania bodybuilders, as Thomas Brostoski of Moscow walked away with top honors. Jason Sensi was second, with Anthony Pastore, also of Moscow, coming in third, Saltsman fourth, and Robert Keiper of Scranton rounding out the top five.

-> Men's Open Light:

    Kris Pisarcik picked up his second big trophy of the night, winning men's open lightweight, with Joseph Demarco of Ipswich, MA, second, Brostoski and Sensi were third and fourth, in that order.

-> Men's Open Middle:

    Here's where Steve Boyer started his parade of trips to the winner's spot on stage, with a victory over Shaun Sullivan, with Jeffery Scavo of Edwardsville, Pa third, Richard Marquis of Harrisburg, PA was third, and Robert Fiorillo of Lansdale, PA fourth. Dan Huang of Weatherly, PA was the fifth place winner.

-> Men's Open Light Heavy:

    This one was a battle, with Roy Marshall of Woodstock, VA. Edging Michael Massiah of Waldorf, MD, to take home the first place prize.

-> Men's Open Heavy:

    Robert Hoist made the trip fro Woodstock VA. worthwhile, as he carried home top honors in the men's open heavyweight division of the NEPA Natural.

-> Men's Master's 35+:

    Steve Boyer was a winner for the second time on the night, as he beat Richard Marquis of Harrisburg, PA for the men's masters championship.

-> Men's Master's 40+:

    This was another tough category, with Shaun Sullivan capturing his second first of the competition, edging Joseph DeMarco, who was second, and Anthony Pastore, who finished third. Bruce Murray and Robert Hoist rounded out the men's masters 40 plus.

-> Men's Master's 50+:

    The 50 plus age group showed that bodybuilders never fade away, they just get better with age, as Roy Marshall picked up his second first place trophy of the night, with Norman Letinski of Wilkes-Barre, PA and Charles Partington Sr. rounding out the top three.

-> Men's Master's 60+:

    Appearing in his first show, Ned Slangan of nearby Olyphant, PA swept to victory in men's masters 60 plus, with the retiring Charles Partington second, and Don Shy coming in third.

-> Women's Masters 35+:

    It was a good night for the women's competitors, with overall show winner Carolyn Brinkley picking up her initial trophy in women's masters 35 plus. Kimberly Ryman was second, with Lynn Bridges of Cumberland, MD, third.

-> Women's Open Light:

    Ryman came on strong in women's open light to take the first place prize, with Lynn Bridges placing second in a tight competition.

-> Women's Open Middle:

    Brinkley was the star of women's open middleweight, taking top honors in this class, the second of three first place awards she would win.

-> Women's Open Heavy:

    Angela Pernell of Hollidaysburg, PA, who would also compete in the figure portion of the competition, was first place winner in women's bodybuilding open heavyweight.

-> Figure Novice:

    The figure competition, as always, was one of the highlights of the evening, with Yetta Mae Bednarz of Harrisburg, PA winning novice, Pernell taking second.

-> Figure Open:

    Make it a sweep of the figure portion of the show for Bednarz, who also captured first place in the open class.


-> Men's Open Light:

    The NEPA Natural also featured a USBF Nationals competition, with Joe Demarco of Ipswich, MA taking this category.

-> Men's Open Middle:

    Boyer once again stood in the center of the stage for this category, taking the nationals men's open middleweight championship.

-> Men's Open Heavy:

    Michael Massiah would snag first place in the nationals men's open heavyweight division, battling Richard Marquis down to the wire for the victory.

-> Men's Open Heavy:

    Robert Hoist of Woodstock, VA made it a sweep of both men's open heavyweight divisions, by also taking the championship in the nationals competition.