The Knights competed on Friday in the USAPL National Championships and… dominated the rest of the field. WA brought 10 lifters and each one placed within their weight class. In fact, the Knights crowned 4 individual National Champions, 5 lifters earned second place finishes, along with one fourth place finish. That might be the definition of domination for one team. But the success goes beyond just the pure numbers. This year’s team may have been the most consistent of any of the other National Championship teams.
Two-time National Champion, Deddrick Johnson, scored a perfect 9 for 9 on his lifts, which has never been done before at Nationals by a WA lifter. He also broke his own WA record for total weight in the 132 pound weight class with 1,041 pounds. Five lifters set new personal max records at the Nationals meet. Some of those led to substantial placement changes in the competition. The most significant was in the 181 pound weight class and Bomani Busby’s final deadlift. Currently in fifth place, Bomani successfully lifted 500 pounds, which was 25 pounds over his previous max. That vaulted him into second place. All that lifting earned the Knights their 8th consecutive team National Championship. They recorded a perfect score in the team event, the first time ever for a WA team. This year’s individual National Champions were Danyal Anguey (114 pounds), Florentino Contreras (123 pounds), Dedrrick Johnson (132 pounds), and Quartney Parker (165 pounds).