Complete Coverage of HardcorePowerlifting.com’s Spring 2012 Season (videos, photos, interviews and results)

/ Posted 06.14.2012

Astounding Strength on Display During Hardcore Powerlifting’s MHP Sponsored Spring 2012 Season

Those of you who’ve been closely paying attention over the last six years will know that powerlifting’s road to redemption was one wrought with barricades, barriers and detours. Prior to the launching of The Hardcore Powerlifting Federation, the sport was being controlled by a very small collection of self serving businessmen whose intentions were less than benevolent. These aggressive entrepreneurs were in the practice of manufacturing very unnecessary and wildly unpopular weight lifting suits and shirts and their marketing model was rooted in paying the promoters and organizers to force the athletes to wear (purchase) their wares in order to be competitive. The ill advised embracing of artificial lifting aides on the part of the administrators, combined with their loosening of performance standards and regulations, had driven the sport to the brink of commercial extinction by the mid point of the last decade. So far had the sport fallen from favor that even the game’s very best were relegated to a seemingly chronic state of obscurity and amateurism. Gone were the days of prime time television coverage and the physical culture magazines had all but turned their backs on the current crop of champions and record setters. The scene was such that powerlifting had become primarily a pursuit of those who no longer dreamed of fame or fortune through superior strength and athletic ability.


Jerame Linnell, MHP's Hardcore Powerlifting Record Breakerz Overall Winner (2012 Emerald Cup Expo)

I knew that, if the sport was to be saved, that it would take the support and sponsorship of a company with good intentions, deep pockets and with the connections and influence to inspire positive changes within the iron sport community. Fortunately, my years of living out of a suitcase, hopping charter buses from promotion to promotion, had allowed me to amass a valuable collection of business cards and phone numbers. As luck would have it, one of those cross country treks on a Greyhound would put me in the same room as Joe Mazza. An unknown at the time, Joe would quickly prove himself to be the best bencher on the planet, with or without a super shirt. Mazza also wanted to see powerlifting regain its rightful place at “The World’s Strongest Sport” and he cared not if the lifting was done with or without the odd looking, artificially boosting, powerlifting garments. Seeing how motivated I was to try selling the classical form of the sport to the health and fitness industry, Mazza agreed to introduce me to the CEO and founder of MHP who happened to be a close friend of his since he was in high school.


Uncle Jay Papish (The first man in history to competition raw deadlift 500lbs @ 165lbs body weight and at 65 years of age.

MHP turned out to be just the kind of quality company we were looking to team up with. Its President, Gerard Dente, had a highly successful bodybuilding run in the NPC, starting with his becoming Teen Mr. New Jersey in 1986, then winning the Teen Nationals in 87, followed by a heavyweight collegiate national title in 1988. Dente would go on to participate in a total of eight national, USA and North American championships, placing as high as third on two occasions and he appeared on three covers of Muscular Development and on a 1995 edition of MuscleMag International amongst other titles. Gerard’s coming from such a highly competitive gym sports background made him an ideal executive for our office to partner up with, as he had a strong, first hand appreciation for the work ethic and skills of the gym world’s elite athletes.


Travis Chrystie Dark Raging at MHP's HERCULES 2012 (Ronnie Coleman Classic Expo)

The fame and notoriety now enjoyed by HardcorePowerlifting.com is an accumulation of hundreds of hours of volunteer work put in by my company and our associates combined with tens of thousands of dollars in financial support from MHPStrong.com and our generous, secondary sponsors. Following our lead and looking to duplicate our positive publicity, almost every amateur federation in North America has since added a raw or classic division to their offerings and upstart promoters looking to create their own crowd drawing attractions are now emulating what we’ve created and developed with the hopes that they’ll too gain a spot in the limelight. The version of powerlifting that we reintroduced to the athletic community is now internationally recognized as the one true version of the sport. To put it another way, we’ve successfully placed the power back into powerlifting. It brings me a good deal of happiness to report that the fitness universe is now educated on what they’re watching and that we’ve cultivated enough aficionados that the gym culture no longer accepts the invalid lifting claims of the bench shirt and powerlifting suit technicians.


Judy Rodriguez Smith and Danielle Alexander, our Lovely MHP Hardcore Powerlifting Card Ladies, with 2012 Overall Hercules Champion, Robert "Big Wilk" Wilkerson (Ronnie Coleman Classic Expo)

MHP’s Sultans of Squat
Classic, Walked Out, Barbell Squat Competition
The Ronnie Coleman Classic Expo
Saturday, March 31st, 2012

1st Place: Robert “Big Wilk” Wilkerson, Best Squat = 900 Pounds @ 440lbs Bwt = $1,000 Cash from MHPStrong.com

2nd Place: Randall “Big Roh” Harris, Best Squat = 770 Pounds @ 360lbs Bwt

3rd Place: Henry Thomason, Best Squat = 740 Pounds @ 314.6lbs Bwt

4th Place: Jeremy Scruggs, Best Squat = 430 Pounds @ 132lbs Bwt

Did Not Place: Michael Mulvihill

Did Not Place: James “Pitbull” Searcy

The $1,000 Metabolic Doc Challenge Prize (to become the first person to ever officially powerlifting squat 1,000 pounds) went unclaimed.

MHP’s Kings of the Bench VI
Max Raw Benchpress Competition
The Ronnie Coleman Classic Expo
Saturday, March 31st, 2012

1st Place: Robert “Big Wilk” Wilkerson, Best Bench = 630 Pounds @ 440lbs Bwt = $1,000 Cash from MHPStrong.com

2nd Place: “Big Al” Davis, Best Bench = 600 Pounds @ 308lbs Bwt

3rd Place: Randall “Big Roh” Harris, Best Bench = 530 Pounds @ 360lbs Bwt

4th Place: Garrett “Gunz” Griffin, Best Bench = 500 Pounds @ 208lbs Bwt

5th Place: Joe Westman, Best Bench = 500 Pounds @ 272lbs Bwt

6th Place: Hugo Fernandez, Best Bench = 450 Pounds @ 306.4lbs Bwt

7th Place: David Mendoza, Best Bench = 385 Pounds @ 175lbs Bwt

8th Place: Jeremy Scruggs, Best Bench = 275 Pounds @ 132lbs Bwt

Did Not Place: Joe Hnizdo

Did Not Place: Atilla Martinez

The $1,000 Metabolic Doc Challenge Prize (to become the first person to ever officially benchpress 720 pounds) went unclaimed.

225 Pound Bench-For-Strict-Reps Challenge

1st Place: “Unreal Phil” Brewer, 41 Reps @ 174.6lbs Bwt (New 175lb Div Record)

2nd Place: David “Blaze” Mendoza, 23 Reps @ 175lbs Bwt

MHP’s Clash of the Titans V
Max Raw Deadlift Competition
The Ronnie Coleman Classic Expo
Saturday, March 31st, 2012

1st Place: Randall “Big Roh” Harris, Best Deadlift = 840 Pounds @ 360lbs Bwt = $1,000 Cash from MHPStrong.com

2nd Place: Hugo Fernandez, Best Deadlift = 765 Pounds @ 306.4lbs Bwt

3rd Place: James “Pitbull” Searcy, Best Deadlift = 765 Pounds @ 360lbs Bwt

4th Place: Travis Chrystie, Best Deadlift = 745 Pounds @ 317.2lbs Bwt

5th Place: Robert “Big Wilk” Wilkerson, Best Deadlift = 605 Pounds @ 440lbs Bwt

6th Place: Richard Hawthorne, Best Deadlift = 600 Pounds @ 130lbs Bwt

7th Place: Jeremy Scruggs, Best Deadlift = 515 Pounds @ 132lbs Bwt

The $1,000 Metabolic Doc Challenge Prize (to become the first person to ever officially deadlift 1,020 pounds) went unclaimed.

MHP’s Shoulders of Samson
Overhead Push Press Competition
The Ronnie Coleman Classic Expo
Saturday, March 31st, 2012

1st Place: Robert Wilkerson Best Overhead Push Press = 445 Pounds @ 440lbs Bwt = $1,000 from Planet Muscle Magazine

2nd Place: Andy Vincent Best Overhead Push Press = 440 Pounds @ 324.8lbs Bwt

3rd Place: Travis Chrystie Best Overhead Push Press = 405 Pounds

4th Place: Randall Harris Best Overhead Push Press = 330 Pounds @ 360lbs Bwt

Exhibition: Jeremy Scruggs Exhibition Lifted While Wearing (wrist wrap material) Elbow Sleeves Best Overhead Push Press = 175 Pounds @ 132lbs Bwt

MHP’s Overall HERCULES 2012
Max Raw Four Lift Total (Squat + Bench + Deadlift + Overhead Push Press)
The Ronnie Coleman Classic Expo
Saturday, March 31st, 2012

1st Place: Robert “Big Wilk” Wilkerson = 2,580 Pounds @ 440lbs Bwt = $1,000 from MHPStrong.com

2nd Place: Randall “Big Roh” Harris = 2,470 Pounds @ 360lbs Bwt.

MHP’s Sultans of Squat II
Max, Raw, Walked Out, Squat Competition
The Emerald Cup Expo
Saturday, April 21st, 2012

175 Pound Division

1st Place: Vashon Perryman, 600 Pounds @ 169lbs Bwt = $250 Cash from MHPStrong.com + $250 Cash from Planet Muscle Magazine

2nd Place = Jason Patch, 515 Pounds @ 167.8lbs Bwt

3rd Place = Richard Rocco, 405 Pounds @ 175lbs Bwt

225 Pound Division

1st Place: Shaun Orta, 590 Pounds @ 223.4lbs Bwt = $250 Cash from MHPStrong.com

2nd Place = Dre Valleza, 500 Pounds @ 176.8lbs Bwt

3rd Place = Ms. Kristy Scott, 435 Pounds @ 199.8lbs Bwt

Did Not Place: Jorge Morfin

250 Pound Division

1st Place: Sean DeMarinis, 700 Pounds @ 236lbs Bwt = $250 Cash from MHPStrong.com
2nd Place: Chip “Big Hoot” Edalgo, 630 Pounds @ 243lbs Bwt

275 Pound Division

1st Place: Jerame Linnell, 725 Pounds @ 260lbs Bwt = $250 Cash from MHPStrong.com

MHP’s Kings of the Bench VII
Max Raw Benchpress Competition
The Emerald Cup Expo
Saturday, April 21st, 2012

175 Pound Division

1st Place = Vashon “V Man” Perryman, 315 Pounds @ 169lbs Bwt = $250 Cash from MHPStrong.com
2nd Place = Richard Rocco 305 Pounds @ 175lbs Bwt

Did Not Place: Joe Luther

225 Pound Division

1st Place = John Horwath, 485 Pounds @ 215lbs Bwt = $250 Cash from MHPStrong.com

2nd Place = Jared Cassidy 480 Pounds @ 225lbs Bwt

3rd Place = Jorge Morfin 425 Pounds @ 220.8lbs Bwt

4th Place = Andres Valleza 385 Pounds @ 176.8lbs Bwt

5th Place = Ms. Kristy Scott 275 Pounds @ 199.8lbs Bwt

250 Pound Division

1st Place: Nathan Lane, 515 Pounds @ 243lbs Bwt = $250 from MHPStrong.com

2nd Place: Sean DeMarinis, 480 Pounds @ 236lbs Bwt

3rd Place: Chip “Big Hoot” Edalgo, 475 Pounds @ 243lbs Bwt

4th Place: “Dirty Don” Goldsworthy, 450 Pounds @ 244lbs Bwt

275 Pound Division

1st Place: Jerame Linnell, 535 Pounds @ 260lbs Bwt = $250 from MHPStrong.com
Did Not Place: Collin Rhodes

MHP’s Clash of the Titans VI
Max Raw Deadlift Competition
The Emerald Cup
Saturday, April 21st, 2012

175 Pound Division

1st Place = Vashon “V Man” Perryman, Best Deadlift = 645 Pounds @ 169lbs Bwt = $250 Cash from MHPStrong.com + $250 Cash from Planet Muscle Magazine

2nd Place = Jason Patch, 550 Pounds @ 167.8lbs Bwt

3rd Place = “Uncle Jay” Papish, 475 Pounds @ 160lbs Bwt

4th Place = Richard Rocco, 475 Pounds @ 175lbs Bwt

225 Pound Division

1st Place = Shaun Orta, 650 Pounds @ 223.4lbs Bwt = $250 Cash from MHPStrong.com

2nd Place = Rob Buxbaum, 600 Pounds @ 194lbs Bwt

3rd Place = Jorge Morfin, 550 Pounds @ 220.8lbs Bwt

4th Place = Ms. Kristy Scott, 545 Pounds @ 199.8lbs Bwt

5th Place = Andres Valleza, 500 Pounds @ 176.8lbs Bwt

250 Pound Division

1st Place = Sean DeMarinis, 740 Pounds @ 236lbs Bwt = $250 Cash from MHPStrong.com

2nd Place = Chip “Big Hoot” Edalgo, 625 Pounds @ 243lbs Bwt

275 Pound Division

1st Place = Jerame Linnell, 750 Pounds @ 260lbs Bwt = $250 Cash from MHPStrong.com

2nd Place = Mike Camlin, 740 Pounds @ 271.8lbs Bwt

MHP’s Hardcore Powerlifting Record Breakerz
Max Raw Powerlifting Total (Squat + Benchpress + Deadlift)
The Emerald Cup Expo
Saturday, April 21st, 2012

175 Pound Division

1st Place: Vashon “V Man” Perryman, 1,560 Pounds @ 169lbs Bwt = $250 Cash from MHPStrong.com

2nd Place: Richard Rocco, 1,185 Pounds @ 175lbs Bwt

225 Pound Division

1st Place: Andres Valleza, 1,385 Pounds @ 176.8lbs Bwt = $250 Cash from MHPStrong.com

2nd Place: Ms. Kristy Scott, 1,255 Pounds @ 199.8lbs Bwt

250 Pound Division

1st Place: Sean DeMarinis, 1,920 Pounds @ 236lbs Bwt = $250 Cash from MHPStrong.com

2nd Place: Chip “Big Hoot” Edalgo, 1,730 Pounds @ 243lbs Bwt

275 Pound Division

1st Place: Jerame Linnell, 2,010 Pounds @ 260lbs Bwt = $250 Cash from MHPStrong.com

Thanks to the support of our sponsors, The Hardcore Powerlifting Federation has offered up more prize money than ever before in 2012 and the calendar year is only halfway to completion. The $17,000 that was up for grabs this Spring brought in talent from all over the USA and we received as much or more newsstand media coverage than any other powerlifting promotion in North America.

Title Sponsor: http://mhpstrong.com/MHP/

Presenting Sponsor: http://www.bodybuilding.com/

Media Sponsor: http://www.ironmanmagazine.com/

Media Sponsor: http://www.rxmuscle.com/

Media and Prize Money Sponsor: http://www.planetmuscle.com/

Additional Media Support: http://www.powerliftingusa.com/

Additional Media Support: http://www.powerliftingwatch.com/

Additional Media Support: http://www.nwfitnessmag.com/

Official Athletic Apparel Line: http://www.houseofpain.com/

Official Artist: http://www.bodybuildinguniverse.com/bio.htm

Official Lifting Chalk: http://www.primochalk.com/

Record Breaking Prize Money Sponsor: http://www.metabolicdoc.com/splash.html

Official Weight Plate and Benchpress Bar: http://www.ivankobarbell.com/

Official Gym Equipment Line: http://www.texasstrengthsystems.com/

Official Gym Sponsor: http://www.metroflexgym.com/

The lifting this Spring was, simply put, spectacular and we hope you gain as much motivation and inspiration from watching these shows as we did. The gravity gladiators who step into our arenas are without question some of the strongest men and women on the planet and to witness the upper echelons of power sports always helps us to strive to break new barriers in our own quest for muscle and might.

Stay Tuned for More Hardcore Powerlifting Action This Fall,
Sean Zilla Katterle
1(503)221-2238
SeanZilla@HardcorePowerlifting.com

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