Widner Wins North Carolina Battle of the Bench
Statesville, NC- Pulaski Middle School eighth grader Cherokee Widner competed in the Iron Boy Powerlifting Federation’s North Carolina “Battle of the Bench” contest last Friday evening. The competition site was the American Renaissance Middle School in downtown Statesville. The IBP Federation was established in 2001 to provide a quality powerlifting environment for every competitor. It is a totally drug-free federation which commits themselves to promoting genuine unadulterated fair competition within powerlifting.
Widner was the lightest and youngest competitor in Friday night’s contest. Weighing 135 lbs. and 14 years old, he bench pressed 170 and 185 lbs. raw (no assistance) with a two second pause on his chest. On his third attempt, the rising ninth grader pushed 200 lbs. upward only to have it stall halfway up. With his 185 lb. performance, Cherokee earned first place in the 14-15 year old/148 lb. category and novice (never competed in an IBP meet) category. His bench press total established a Virginia State Record in the Iron Boy Powerlifting Federation. Cherokee earned two large trophies for his efforts in his tenth powerlifting event in the past 15 months. He plans on competing in the Southern Powerlifting Federation National Championship on June 14 in Knoxville, Tennessee.