On Saturday, April 25th, 2015, at the 2015 APF Gulf Coast Powerlifting Championships held at the Refuge Church, located in New Port Richey, Florida, sophomore Ziyang Xia set APF American single ply records in the squat, bench press, deadlift, and total. Freshman Yudai Katsumata set single ply American records in the squat, bench press, deadlift, and total. Senior Shih Chieh Chien set a multiply American record in the bench press on his 1st attempt. MVA’s sophomore Ben Boyette was selected the Best Teenage Lifter after setting the following APF single ply American records (Squat 182.5 kg. 402.3 lbs.) Bench (105.0 kg., 231.5 lbs.), Deadlift (197.5 kg., 435.4 lbs.), and Total (485.0 kg.,1069.2 lbs.).
Last Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, Eagle powerlifters travelled to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, to compete in the Orlando Europa Games Powerlifting Classic. Who would guess that our powerlifters would go on to break 15 United States Powerlifting Association American records at this contest? MVA sophomore Alejandro Ruiz broke Dylan Tripp’s American record in the M-T16-17-SP 220 lb. deadlift by 22.0 lbs. with a huge lift of 523.6 lbs. (237.5 kgs.). Sophomore Michael Megler continues to impress too. He broke Charlie La Mantia’s M-T16-17-SP 165 lb. American records in the squat and bench press and Tyler Horvath’s American record in the deadlift with lifts of 385.8 lbs. (175.0 kgs.), 242.5 lbs. (110.0 kgs.), 463.0 lbs. (210.0 kgs.) in squat, bench press, and deadlift, respectively. Sophomore Ben Boyette broke Casin Santillo’s M-T16-17-SP 148 lb. American record in the squat by 5.5 lbs. with a lift of 407.9 lbs. (185.0 kgs.).
Sophomore Juan Padilla Covarrubias broke Mathew Hartman’s M-T16-17-SP 198 lb. American record in the bench press with a lift of 275.6 lbs. (125.0 kgs.). Sophomore Ziyang Xia broke Nicollis Thurman’s M-T13-15-SP American records in the bench press, deadlift, and total with lifts of 231.5 lbs. (105.0 kgs.), 418.9 lbs. (190.0 kgs.), and 970.0 lbs. (440.0 kgs.). Junior Sung-Yueh Chang broke American records in the squat, bench press, deadlift, and total in the M-T18-19-SP 148 lb. only to have them broken by teen powerlifting great Tyler Weaver a few minutes later. Sung-Yueh also broke Ben Boyette’s MVA 148 lb. class record in the bench press with a lift of 237.0 lbs. (107.5 kgs.). Freshmen Yudai Katsumata broke Alejandro Ruiz’s M-T13-15-SP 220 lb. American records in the squat, bench press, and total with lifts of 391.3 lbs. (177.5 kgs.), 259.0 lbs. (117.5 kgs.), and 1052.7 lbs. (477.5 kgs.), respectively. He Lin placed first and Le Jin placed second in their age groups and weight classes.
Next month, on Sunday, June 7th, the Montverde powerlifters will travel to Rockland, Massachusetts, to compete at the American Drug-Free Powerlifting Federation (ADFPF) National Powerlifting Championships. MVA Powerlifters hope to set many national and world powerlifting records in their respective age groups and weight classes at the summer event. At this juncture, over the course of the last 3 years, the powerlifters have set 45 world records in various age groups and weight classes. Five more would reach the 50 mark! Coach Pauli is very pleased with the dedication and performance of his 204-2015 Montverde Academy Powerlifters, and recently informed Montverde.org, “We have never had a better group of powerlifters here at The Academy…We have high hopes for many world records at the June 7th Nationals!”