POWERLIFTER

Marshall Messmer competes in the squat at the International Powerlifting Federation World competition in Orlando, Florida.

Tomah’s Marshall Messmer competed in Orlando, Florida, Sept. 2 at the International Powerlifting Federation World competition.

Messmer, a recently graduated Tomah High School senior, successfully completed three lifts: squat, bench press and deadlift. He squated 649 pounds to earn a silver medal, benched 429 pounds for a silver medal and deadlifted 726 pounds for a gold medal and the honor of being a world record holder in his weight class.

His total weight lifted for the day was 1804 pounds, which again earned him a gold medal.

Messmer competed in the sub-junior category at the 120 kilogram weight class. Last spring, he won his weight class at the national competition in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He also won a state title in March. He was coached on the THS powerlifting squad by Chip Thompson.

“As soon as I started coaching Marshall, I knew he had the strength and drive to compete at a high level,” Thompson said. “He has been a dedicated athlete, and his hard work is now decorated with significant medals and a world record.”

Thompson also coached Tomah powerlifter Joshua Peardot, who brought home several gold medals at the 2016 world competition in Poland.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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