On December 1st Malvern played host to its first ever open Weightlifting competition - The Frank Spellman Classic. This meet was a fundraiser for the Malvern Prep Weightlifting Team. There were 57 competitiors ranging in age from 13-65. Twenty of the lifters were Malvern Students.
The full results can be seen here.
Session 1 - Jonathan Drozd, a 69 kilo lifter from Pittsburgh BBC was the best lifter in the first session. This School Aged lifter qualified for the Junior National Meet with total of 185!
Gary Holloway of Malvern Prep qualified for Youth Nationals in the 62 kilo class with a total of 124.
Session 2 was the women.
Masters lifters JoAnne Sutkin from East Coast Gold and Sharon Moran from Moorestown WLC both took first place in their weight class. Logan Lentz from ECG, Kate Ambrose from Generation BBC,Kathy Kowalkzuk from Rock BBC and Elish Weckesser from ECG won their weight classes in the Senior division. Kathy Kowalkzuk also took home the sessions Best Lifter award. School Age lifter Cara Cramer of ECG won her weight class as did Junior lifter Elda Perez also of ECG.
The Best Lifter awards were made by Malvern lifter Mike Stangis and painted by Malvern student Mike Cenci and Art teacher Kate Plows.
Session 3 which consisted of 77 and 85 kilo men, was the largest of the day. Master lifter Tom Weary won his weight class and ECG lifter Tim Moore won the 77 kilo Senior division. Tim also won the Best Lifter. In the school age division Tait McGlinn of Malvern won in the 14-15 year old group and Tanner Reichart won in the 16-17 group.
In the 85 kilo class Barry Weidner, Coach of the Generation BBC, won in the senior division. Alex McInnes of ECG won the Masters division. School age lifters, Tanner Geesey of ECG, Jack Norton and Chris White of Malvern, won their age groups. Jack Norton also qualified for the Youth National meet.
Jack Norton, Mp '14
The 4th session was made up of 94, 105, and 105+ lifters. 94 kilo lifter, Dan Gradieri of Malvern, won the school age division. His total qualified him for Youth Nationals. Masters lifter Tim Caso and Gerard Finn of ECG won the 94 and 105 divisions, respectively. Junior lifter Stephen Malinchok of Rock BBC won the 105+ weight class. In the Senior division, Rock BBC coach Matt Giodano won the 94 kilo division and took home Best Lifter for the session. Robert Smith of Generation BBC won the 105 kilo weight class and Zach Frankhouser won the 105+ weight class.
Dan Grandieri, Mp '14
A special thanks goes out to the family members of Frank Spellman who came out and spoke to the crowd. His nephew, John Spellman, and John's cousin, Susan Tiernan gave the audience some details about the life of the oldest living Olympic champion. In an email exchange with John he shared the following information.
"He lives there (Florida) in an 8 sided house (built to withstand hurricanes) he designed and built. He is also a talented and well-regarded artist. His history is fascinating. He was born in Malvern, but when he was 6 or 7 his father (my grandfather's brother) died suddenly. That was 1930. The depression. Frank's mother and the 4 other children moved to Philadelphia but were so poor that two of the children had to go to an orphanage, where they lived for the next 10 years. During that time Frank started training at a gym in Philly, and that is how he got into weight lifting."
John Spellman and Susan Tiernan