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York Barbell hosts Powerlifting Association Championship

John A. Pavoncello
York Dispatch

Strongmen from across the Northeast recently gathered at York Barbell to do what they do best — move heavy things.

Ninety-four competitors, from teens to a master lifter well into his 80s, took part in the two-day International Powerlifting Association Championship Nov. 18-19. 

Over the course of the weekend, 45 records were broken, including a world-record squat by Joseph Stein, of Buffalo, New York.

After failing a lift at 970 pounds, the super heavyweight positioned himself under the bar with 1,050 pounds stacked on it. Weighing in at 349.9 pounds himself, the men's junior division lifter performed a perfect squat to the cheers of fellow athletes and spectators.

Jake McAlpine of Lewisberry successfully squats 695 pounds during the 2017 International Powerlifting Association (IPA) Championship at York Barbell, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017.   John A. Pavoncello photo

Local lifters also had a good showing during the event.

Jake McAlpine, a 25-year-old super heavyweight from Lewisberry, placed first in his weight class in the Raw Professional Men's Open division with a 730-pound squat, a 480-pound bench press and a 665-pound dead lift, for a total weight of 1,875 pounds.

Cleason Ebaugh, of York, also took first place in the Raw Amateur Open division with a 580-pound squat, a 430-pound bench press, and a 610-pound dead lift, for a total weight of 1,620 pounds

The IPA and York Barbell will host the Pennsylvania State Championships on March 3-4. Information about the event can be found at www.ipapower.com