2006 NJ Gold's Classic Bodybuilding And Figure Championships Review & Results!

The 2006 NJ Gold's Classic Bodybuilding And Figure Championships were held in New Jersey on October 21st. Bodybuilding fans and competitors proved why the Northeast is still one of the strongest regions in the country!

Contest Review & Results

On Saturday Oct 21st bodybuilding fans and competitors proved why the Northeast is still one of the strongest regions in the country as American Bodybuilding and Life Fitness presented The 2006 NJ Gold’s Classic Bodybuilding and Figure Championships.

NPC Chairman John Kemper congratulated promoters Mark and Karen Steinfield on what was undoubtedly the biggest show of the year. �"This year’s field of over 80 competitors is a terrific turnout. The Gold’s Classic is one of our original shows from the early days of the NPC and it remains one of the most popular, great turnout, great venue, and great organization� said Kemper.

Steve Stone and crew did their usual superb job as the show ran perfect and on time. In addition to running a tight ship backstage, Steve did a fantastic job as Master of Ceremonies. Also on hand to help out were Rob and Kim Klein, Yvonne Harper, Mike Monteforte and long time supporters of NPC bodybuilding Bob Bonham and Ron Cappadano.

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Various Competitors.

The Gold’s Classic is a national qualifier and competition was certainly reflective of that. The top 2 finishers in all classes are now eligible to move on to the national competition of their choice.

-> Guest Posers:

    The show started off with a big surprise as Master’s National Lightweight Champ Pat Grieco finished off his guest posing routine by proposing to his long time girlfriend Kristen. She was totally caught off guard, and after a few tense moments Christine gladly accepted. Rumor has it the wedding party will wear posing trunks for the ceremony.

    Current Mr. NJ Big Sean Jones, the featured guest poser of the evening, thrilled the audience with an amazing routine. He plans to do some damage at the Nationals next year. Sean looked great and he’s probably right. We’ll be watching.

-> Women’s Figure Divisions:

    Women’s Figure continues to gain momentum as both the short and tall classes were full with seasoned competitors. Monet Thorne started off the evening by taking the short class and Irina Mishina showed what hard training will do as she took the tall class. Irina Mishina who looked absolutely amazing took the overall 2006 NJ Gold’s Classic Figure Class.

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    Figure Competitors.

-> Men’s Masters Divisions:

    Men’s masters came next and judging by the size of the class, it won’t be long before we see a full regional competition dedicated to masters with full weight classes. Anthony DeAngelis looked ready for the Nationals when he took the over 35 class and Geno Sylvain was equally impressive as he took the over 45 class.

-> Men’s Novice Divisions:

    The Men’s Novice division saw some new faces, but you would never know it by the shape they were in. Craig Granowitz proved its never too late to start when he took the lightweight class at the age of 42. Doug Lusker walked off with the middleweight title as he stood out in a very tough class. Chris Tuttle grabbed the light heavyweight title in the largest novice class of the night, and Matt Johnson made the trip from upstate NY worthwhile as he took home the Heavyweight title.

    Chris Tuttle was too strong though and edged out the other class winners to take home the trophy as he is the new 2006 NJ Gold’s Classic Overall Men’s Novice Champion.

-> Women's Bodybuilding Division:

    Women’s bodybuilding saw some surprisingly tough competition as Lisette Acevedo came in on the money and took the women’s lightweight title. Laine Sleppin showed her experience and dedication as she won the women’s heavyweight title

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    Women’s Bodybuilding Competitors.

-> Men’s Open Divisions:

All eyes were on the Men’s Open class to see who would qualify to move on to the nationals. Wayne Hugar started things off by taking a strong Bantamweight class. Timothy Wheeler proved to be in great shape as he took the lightweight class. Doug Lusker walked off with the middleweight title and is clearly ready for the nationals if he chooses.

In what was again the largest class of the open division Anthony DeAngelis took the light heavyweight class. _Matt Johnson was ready for all challengers as he won the heavyweight class, and Joe Biletta was too much for the competition as he walked off with the super heavyweight title.

-> The Posedown:

    The judges called for all class winners to hit the mandatory poses and then came a long and wild posedown. After some tense moments Anthony DeAngelis became the undisputed 2006 NJ Gold’s Classic Overall Men’s Open Champion and is now ready to do some damage at the nationals. We wish him luck.

-> Promoters:

    Promoters Mark and Karen Steinfield would like to thank all the sponsors for their support, and a special thanks to Bodybuilding.com for a great year We all look forward to their 2007 Muscle Beach and Gold’s Classic shows. For more details call Gold’s Gym at 732-899-1001 and ask for Karen.


    Masters Over 35

      1. Anthony DeAngelis
      2. Jim Spangler
      3. Kent Bierly
      4. Matt Johnson
      5. Vinny Manzo
      6. Glenn Nowland
      7. Wayne Hugar
      8. Tim McManus
      9. Sean Sheehan
      10. Joe Bilella
      11. Richard Santiago
      12. William DiPierro, Jr.
      13. Craig Granowitz
      14. Milton Calderon
      15. Michael Johnson

    Master Over 45

      1.Geno Sylvain
      2. Rocco Barros
      3. Richard Smyth
      4. Frank Caine
      5. Jake Nied
      6. Ralph Ferrara
      7. Juan Ramos

    Open Womens Light 125

      1. Lisette Acevedo
      2. Christine Camacho
      3. Amanda Dunar

    Open Womens Heavy 125

      1. Lainie Sleppin

    Novice Light up to 154 1/4

      1. Craig Granowitz
      2. Omar Serrano
      3. Jimmy Casanova Jr.
      4. Derrick Smith
      5. Sid Gandotra

    Novice Middle 154 1/4 - 176 1/4

      1. Doug Lusker
      2. Dan Margolis
      3. Wilfredo Gonzalez
      4. Adam Signoretta
      5. Robert Shimonovich
      6. Dave Manfra
      7. Volodymyr Kush
      8. John Cafarelli
      9. Juan Ramos
      10. Cesar Hernandez

    Novice LTHeavy 176 1/4 - 198 1/4

      1. Chris Tuttle
      2. Joel Perez
      3. JR Larcher
      4. Richard Smyth
      5. Milton Calderone
      6. Gregory White
      7. Michael Johnson
      8. Michael Campos

    Novice Heavy over 198 1/4

      1. Matt Johnson
      2. Erik Weaver
      3. Ralph Ferrara

    Figure Up to including 5'4

      1. Monet Thorne
      2. Michelle Seminski
      3. Karen Russo
      4. Kara Nicole Finer
      5. Natasha Abel
      6. Michelle Green
      7. Erin Riley
      8. Christina McConnell
      9. Jacqueline Martinez
      10. Lori Kleppe
      11. Blanca Bonsignore
      12. Wynne Brown

    Figure Over 5'4

      1. Irina Mishina *Overall
      2. Veronica Ruth
      3. Desiree Bishop
      4. Shannon Letsche
      5. Valesca Macedo
      6. Danielle Taulane
      7. Elisa Sedlacko
      8. Jennifer Jukas
      9. Shelley Boyd
      10. Alison Karoleski
      11. Annie Bishop

    Open Bantamweight to 143 1/4

      1. Wayne Hugar
      2. Jimmy Casanova Jr.
      3. Jake Nied
      4. Glen Pacyna
      5. Neil Zirin
      6. William DiPierro III

    Open Men’s Light 143 1/4 - 154 1/4

      1. Timothy Wheeler
      2. Derrick Smith
      3. Omar Serrano
      4. William DiPierro Jr.
      5. Sid Gandotra

    Open Men's Middle 165 1/4 - 176 1/4

      1. Doug Lusker
      2. Dan Margolis
      3. Kent Bierly
      4. Jim Spangler
      5. Robert Shimonovich
      6. Dave Manfra

    Open Men's Lt Heavy 176 1/4 - 198 1/4

      1. Anthony DeAngelis *overall
      2. Chris Tuttle
      3. Kris LeComte
      4. Joel Perez
      5. Anthony Moretti Jr.
      6. Bryan Vander Ploey
      7. Geno Sylvain
      8. Rocco Barros
      9. Glenn Nowland
      10. Andrew Criss
      11. Tim McManus
      12. Sean Sheehan
      13. Michael Campos

    Open Men's Heavy 198 1/4 - 225 1/4

      1. Matt Johnson
      2. Anthony King
      3. Vinny Manzo
      4. Richard Santiago
      5. Erik Weaver
      6. Julian Jay Craig

    Open Men's Super Heavy over 225 1/4

      1. Joe Biletta
      2. Mike Grossi

Photography courtesy of Harry G. Bassinder Jr. photographer / videographer for this show and the New Jersey NPC Organization.

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