By MATT DEARMAN
Four of Tech’s Iron Dawg powerlifting team members traveled to Indiana on Sept. 7 to
compete in the five-day, World Junior Powerlifting
Championships in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Junior Mike Hafenbrack, senior
Josh Chovanec, sophomore David Summers and senior Kimmie Everett all qualified for the meet, and represented
both Tech and their country on the 13-person American team, which competed
against over 200 lifters from countries such as Russia, Germany, Jamaica,
Australia and Japan.
“It was a huge privilege to compete,” Hafenbrack
said, “It gave us an opportunity to meet and experience many new cultures for
the first time.”
Each of the four Iron Dawgs,
who had to finish at the top of their weight classes in national competition in
order to qualify, saw success in the meet and finished with 16 medals
Hafenbrack and Summers each finished with silver medals in the bench press
and dead lift competitions and bronzes in the squat, winning Hafenbrack the bronze medal overall in the 123 lb. weight
class and Summers the silver in the 114 lb. class.
Everett won silvers in each of the three events to claim
the woman’s 165 lb. class overall silver medal, and Chovanec
won bronze in squat and dead lift and silver in the bench press to claim the
bronze overall in the super heavyweight class.
When not competing, the Iron Dawgs
were more than happy to serve as ambassadors during the meet, exchanging
apparel and giving equipment to participating countries that were in need of
“It was definitely nice to be able to compete in the
States,” Everett said, “It was a great opportunity for [our team] and we were
very excited to participate. It was fun to meet the lifters from other
countries and to trade with them and help them out.”