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.