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#181 OFFLINE   Mike Sharkey

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 01:34 PM

This was my first grip comp.  Chez really did an awesome job running it.  Very smooth and we were done by 4.  Great supportive atmosphere and Eric, despite winning, was very humble and approachable.  Afterward he stayed around to arm wrestle the 7-year-old that was handbalancing all day.  That little guy put on the real display of the day, hand stand walking all over the driveway, turning cartwheels and doing kip ups.  

 

Even though I am new to competition, I have to say I like the approach of one handed events as a more pure test of grip strength.  This is despite my overall body strength probably being a bit of an asset to me.  I think you could get alot of martial artists interested in competition with this approach as opposed to the 2 hand lifts that require more specific strength training.  

 

Also, it was nice as well that only 2 out of the 4 events needed loading and unloading of weight.  Having 2 events that ran very quickly was definitely great when we were all exhausted by the last event.  Bravo Chez for running a great comp for all levels of athletes!  I'll be back for more.  


Edited by Mike Sharkey, 27 July 2014 - 01:35 PM.

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 02:51 PM

Congrats to everyone!  Cesare, that is freaking crazy strong on the block set close! :zorro:


The Sledge Choke event with the stricter changes sounds very interesting.  Was it a 12lb hammer or a 14lber?  I skimmed through a few pages to find out what the difference in everyone's best performance with the "old" rules vs. the new setup was. 

Thankls Ben. We used a 12lb sledge Ben. The best person to use for comparison would be Eric since he has done this event with the traditional rules as well. He had the best lift at 15 inches. At nationals this year they used a 14 lb hammer so you can compare to his performance there. 


I'm just really glad everyone had a good time. That is all that matters to me. 



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Posted 27 July 2014 - 05:57 PM

Thank you Chez for organizing this fun contest. You ran everything very well. It was also nice to meet so many people and be able to put faces to names.

 

I was very pleased with my performance. In grippers, I closed a 153, which was a contest PR for me. I knew that I had a shot at closing the next gripper (a 156) based on how my training had been going. I came close, but didn’t quite get it. But still, I can’t complain whenever I manage to hit a competition PR.

 

For the hub, I hit my all-time PR, with a lift of just over 65 lbs. The texture of the hub was very nice – I was able to get a much better grip than with mine.

 

For the Rolling Thunder, I was really starting to feel good after a few warm-ups. The handle felt very similar to mine, as well as to the few others I’ve tried. I managed to hit a good sweet spot with the amount of chalk I was using (a little, but not too much). After my second attempt at I think 232.5, I felt really good, so I jumped to 240 and it came up much easier than I expected. For my final attempt, I was debating between 247.5 or 250. It so happened that Chez had plates on hand to arrive exactly at 250. It was too hard to pass up a chance at hitting that magic number, so I went for it. It came up easily enough, but I couldn’t quite show control before I dropped it. 250 had seemed far away for quite some time, but now I know it’s within reach.

 

As for the sledge, the balancing of the ball forced the lifts to be very strict. I think the ball worked fine in terms of falling off the front when the angle became too large. What I wasn’t expecting was how often it fell off the side, from lifters slightly shaking. They were clearly strong enough to lift the hammer level, so it was disappointing to see them fail due to a bit of shaking. I definitely think tweaking the sledge choke is move in the right direction. I’m just not sure we’ve found the best solution. I agree half-inch increments should be allowed. This would provide a better point spread.

 

I’ve done the sledge choke in three separate events. The first time I tried it in competition was at the contest Jedd put on last September. It was a 12-lb sledge with a coin on the head. I managed 18 inches. I managed 19” with a 14-lb sledge at the NAGS Championship, but this was only by altering my technique once I realized exactly how much I could tilt the sledge without the coin falling off. At yesterday’s comp, I only managed 15”. This provides an idea of the increased difficulty created by the ball.

 

As for my win, it was hard fought. I knew it was very close between Chez and me. He beat me by a lot in the grippers, I beat him by a significant margin with the RT. He beat me just slightly with the hub, and I beat him just slightly with the sledge choke. In the end, the margin of my win in the Rolling thunder was just enough to secure the overall victory.

 

I had fun trying out different things after the contest. I really liked how that Baby Inch felt in my hand. I may eventually buy one because I could use it for a lot of different exercises. It was also fun to do a bit of pulling on the armwrestling table and provide some pointers.


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Posted 27 July 2014 - 06:02 PM

I really liked how that Baby Inch felt in my hand.
 

 

Watching you row it for reps after the comp was pretty awesome lol.


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Posted 27 July 2014 - 09:02 PM

Got super busy today guys, I made some preliminary calculations but I want to check them over once more before posting tomorrow. Been running around all day. thanks for your patience. 


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Posted Yesterday, 06:47 AM

I did a comp. write-up in my log, if anyone wants to check it out.  Hands are starting to feel normal again ... might try some grippers today!   :grin:


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Posted Yesterday, 07:41 PM

Alright. Been running around like crazy but its time to start entering the scores. Lets start with the competitor weights. I separated the men up into 3 weight class for prize purposes. Light weights are up to 175 lbs, middle weights up 205 lbs and heavy weights over 205 lbs. Amber was the only woman who competed. This seemed the fairest way to award prizes since I can't give a prize for every NAGS weight class. I don't count for prize purposes but my results count for scoring.   

 

Light Weights

Jose Cabrera = 148.15 lbs

Brian Burgos = 159.50 lbs

Anthony Clarino = 171.1 lbs

Andrew O'Leary = 171.9 lbs

 

Middle Weights

Frank Haak = 187.8 lbs

John Manna = 192.45 lbs

Eric Roussin = 200.5 lbs

Mike Sharkey = 200.75

 

Heavy Weights

Carl Donati Jr. = 205.30 lbs

Dominick (need to update with his last name) = 210.8 lbs

Anton Torrella = 233.4 lbs

Christopher Andrade = 243.7 lbs

Cesare Ricchezza = 253.5 lbs

 

Women

Amber Edwards 



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Posted Yesterday, 08:02 PM

Grippers

 

Light Weights

Jose Cabrera = 108.9 lbs         Class points = 8.16

Brian Burgos = 128.9 lbs          Class points = 9.66

Anthony Clarino = 133.4 lbs     Class points = 10 

Andrew O'Leary = 112.7 lbs     Class points = 8.45

 

Middle Weights

Frank Haak = 128.9 lbs       Class points = 8.42

John Manna = 138 lbs         Class points = 9.02

Eric Roussin = 153 lbs         Class points = 10

Mike Sharkey = 112.7 lbs     Class points = 7.37

 

Heavy Weights

Carl Donati Jr. = 118.9 lbs             Class Points = 6.26

Dominick = 83.3 lbs                        Class Points = 4.39

Anton Torrella = 108.9 lbs              Class Points = 5.74

Christopher Andrade = 93.49 lbs   Class Points = 4.92

Cesare Ricchezza = 189.85 lbs      Class Points = 10

 

Women

Amber Edwards = 67.8 lbs



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Posted Yesterday, 08:13 PM

Hub

 

Light Weights

Jose Cabrera =  57.2 lbs         Class points = 9.80

Brian Burgos = 58.35 lbs          Class points = 10

Anthony Clarino = 55.1 lbs     Class points = 9.44 

Andrew O'Leary = 57.6 lbs     Class points = 9.87

 

Middle Weights

Frank Haak =  57.2 lbs       Class points = 8.44

John Manna = 67.75 lbs         Class points = 10

Eric Roussin = 65.35 lbs         Class points = 9.65

Mike Sharkey = 60 lbs     Class points = 8.86

 

Heavy Weights

Carl Donati Jr. = 70 lbs           Class Points = 10

Dominick = 42.4 lbs                        Class Points = 6.06

Anton Torrella =  47.55 lbs              Class Points = 6.79

Christopher Andrade = 45.35 lbs   Class Points = 6.48

Cesare Ricchezza = 67.75 lbs      Class Points = 9.68

 

Women

Amber Edwards = 45.35 lbs



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Posted Yesterday, 08:22 PM

Rolling Thunder

 

Light Weights

Jose Cabrera =  125.7 lbs         Class points = 7.84

Brian Burgos =  160.35 lbs          Class points = 10

Anthony Clarino =  120.6 lbs     Class points =  7.52

Andrew O'Leary =  160.35 lbs     Class points = 10

 

Middle Weights

Frank Haak =   149.9 lbs       Class points = 6.24

John Manna =  155 lbs         Class points = 6.45

Eric Roussin =  240.15 lbs         Class points = 10

Mike Sharkey =  135.85 lbs     Class points = 5.66

 

Heavy Weights

Carl Donati Jr. =  130.75 lbs           Class Points = 7.26

Dominick =  160.35 lbs                        Class Points = 8.90

Anton Torrella =   140 lbs              Class Points = 7.77

Christopher Andrade =  125.7 lbs   Class Points = 6.98 

Cesare Ricchezza =  180.15 lbs      Class Points = 10

 

Women

Amber Edwards =  89 lbs



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Posted Yesterday, 08:31 PM

Sledge

 

Light Weights

Jose Cabrera = 10           Class points = 10 

Brian Burgos =  9          Class points = 9

Anthony Clarino = 0      Class points =  0

Andrew O'Leary = 10     Class points = 10

 

Middle Weights

Frank Haak =  11        Class points = 7.33

John Manna =  9         Class points = 6

Eric Roussin =  15         Class points = 10 

Mike Sharkey = 8      Class points = 5.33

 

Heavy Weights

Carl Donati Jr. =             Class Points = 7.14

Dominick =  9                        Class Points = 6.43

Anton Torrella =     8            Class Points = 5.71

Christopher Andrade = 10    Class Points =  7.14

Cesare Ricchezza = 14       Class Points = 10

 

Women

Amber Edwards =  4



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Posted Yesterday, 09:00 PM

Weight Class Rankings

 

Light Weights

1) Brian Burgos         Class points = 38.66

2) Andrew O'Leary     Class points = 38.32

3) Jose Cabrera         Class point = 35.81

4) Anthony Clarino      Class points =  26.96

 

Middle Weights

1) Eric Roussin         Class points = 39.65

2) John Manna          Class points = 31.47

3) Frank Haak         Class points = 30.44

4) Mike Sharkey      Class points = 27.21

 

Heavy Weights

1) Cesare Ricchezza      Class Points = 39.68

2) Carl Donati Jr.              Class Points = 30.66 

3) Anton Torrella             Class Points = 26.01

4) Dominick                    Class Points = 25.77

5) Christopher Andrade    Class Points =  25.52

 

Women

1) Amber Edwards 



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Posted Yesterday, 09:23 PM

I'll get the overall score up tomorrow. I got home late tonight and need to be up early.