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A BIG CONGRATS to Jonah Leo!
Jonah is a National Champion in the 120Kilo+ Mens Open at USAPL Bench Nationals (Atlanta, Georgia). He went 2 for 3 opened with 793lbs and ended up benching 805lbs. He is the first American ever to bench over 800lbs in the USAPL!
2012 news
The 2013 South Dakota State Meet will be Fri & Sat, March 8-9.
Bench on Friday night and full meet on Saturday.
2011 news
Andrew MontoyaGOOD WORK Andrew!
Andrew Montoya competed at the WY State Powerlifting meet September 9, 2011. Not only did Andrew break a SD State Teen (14-15) Squat record, but his total of 477.5 kg/1052.7 lbs is also a National Contest Qualifying Total for Men Teen I for the 90 kg/198 lb through 125 kg/ 275 lb weight classes!
A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to both Jona Leo and Diann Nelson! Both competed at the 2011 USAPL National Bench Press Championships in Orlando Florida and BOTH broke current SD STATE RECORDS! Jona had a bench press record of 694 lbs/315 kgs in the Mens Open and Diann pressed 192.7lbs/87.5kgs in the both the Women's Open and Womens Master diviions.
We lost a great man August 31, 2011, Harlan Payne. He participated in many powerlifting meets and was a referee at the last 2 or 3 state meets in Sioux Falls. Here is his obituary.
".....he was heck of an asset to the usapl-sd and great lifter, he will be missed."
Mark Winquist passed away May 28, 2011.
ATTENTION! SD lifters who have set records at out-of-state meets!
Our by-laws (as stated on the new records application form) require that lifters setting records out of state MUST have the lift or lifts be witnessed by and application forms signed by three (3) certified USAPL judges and the Meet Director. Records set at USAPL National contests will be accepted automatically.
2010 news
South Dakota Represented at Midwest Senior States!
John Lenz (Kimball, SD), Greg & Tyler Wagner and Ryan Tellberg went to Freemont, NE for the Midwest Senior States Powerlifting competion on Dec 4th. Greg was awarded Best Meet Lifter and John got first in his division for Benchpress only!!
Todd Craig is now a national champion!
Todd went to Denver for the 2010 USAPL Deadlift & Push Pull Nationals on 10/16/10 and he got first in masters for both w/ a 341 bench and 561 deadlift….took second in the open 198 wt class. Event was held at the Rocky Mountain Lifting Club in Aurora, Co.
Congrats to Diann Nelson & Jona Leo winning first place at USAPL Bench Nationals
2009 news
Congratulations to DIANN NELSON!
Diann Nelson of Sioux Falls, won the IPF Women's Master's Bench Press World Championships in Lake Taupo, New Zealand, on April 15, 2009. Diann Bench pressed 178 lbs. in the 114 lb. class and M-3 Division.

Ms. Nelson also won the "Gold" at the USAPL National Bench Press Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 12, 2009, with a BP of 192.75 lbs. That lift was a new American Master's BP record for her in the 114 lb. class and M-3 age group.

At the same contest, Diann also won the Open division for her weight class. Nelson has also been nominated for induction into the SD-USAPL "Hall-of-Fame" on February 27, 2010 in Sioux Falls.
Congratulations also to AAU-SD and USAPL-SD "Hall of Famer" LARRY ROBINSON!
Larry Robinson of Pierre, SD won his first USAPL Men's National Master's Championship in Saint Louis, MO, on May 1, 2009. Robinson lifted in the 198 lb. class & M-4 Division.
Past News 2008
November 14, 2008: Seventy-one and still getting it done:
Aberdeen powerlifter, Jerry Ochs, proves to be a crowd favorite at competition.
Click here to read whole article...
April 17, 2008: Diann Nelson Wins Silver at Worlds
Diann Nelson of Sioux Falls won the silver medal at the Master Bench Press Championships in Slovakia April 17, 2008. She lifted 154.25lbs. in the 114lbs. weight class.
March 22, 2008: Howards in Hall of Fame
With a unanimous vote by the attending members of the USAPL-SD members attending the Business Meeting of the USAPL-SD State Powerlifting Championships on Friday evening, March 22, 2008, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, STEVE & BRENDA HOWARD of Rapid City were inducted into the USAPL-SD "Hall of Fame"!
Steve and Brenda were nominated by a majority of the USAPL-SD Nominations Committee. They are the first-ever inductees in the USAPL-SD "Hall"!! Congratulations to Steve and Brenda!!
Past News 2007
2007 Midwest Senior States Results
  • Justin McClurg, Greg Wagner and Jona Leo - Champions
  • Joe Kunzman and Phil Brinks - 2nd Place
  • Mike Smit - 3rd Place
  • Best Lifter- Powerlifter - Greg Wagner, Bench Press - Jona Leo

November 18, 2007: Nelson National Bench Press Champ and sets record
Diann Nelson of Sioux Falls won the National Bench Press Championships in Denver, CO on Nov. 18, 2007. She lifted 154.25lbs (70kg) raw. She set a National record in her division.
Wagner 3rd at Nationals
Greg Wagner - 275lbs. class from Webster SD - 942.5kg (2077.75lbs.) total at Powerlifting Nationals in Miami, Florida
  • Squat - 821lbs.
  • Bench Press - 584lbs.
  • Deadlift - 672.25lbs.
Congrats Greg!!!!!!!!!
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