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.


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

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