Local Lifters Set National Records


A trio of local athletes Kevin Scully, Reuben Wallace and Steve Mollohan have set Natural Athletic Strength Association weight lifting age/weight division records.

The three, who all train at Payson Athletic Club, set the standards while competing last weekend at a NASA-sanctioned meet held on the campus of Mesa Westwood High School.

Scully, a longtime local lifter, entered the meet as the state bench press record holder in the master's 227-pound division.

That record lift of 455 pounds was set two years ago, Scully said.

At Westwood, he successfully opened with a bench press of 420 pounds.

On his second attempt, he broke his previous state record by lifting 464 pounds.

By hoisting a personal best 491 pounds on his third attempt, he upped the Arizona mark even more.

Scully then took a shot at breaking the American record of 507 pounds with an attempt of 510 pounds.

Although he wasn't able to complete the bench press, Scully was voted the "best overall lifter" in a field of about 100 who participated.

Competing in the intermediate 164-pound division, Wallace hoisted 364 pounds on his second attempt to set an age/weight division American record.

Wallace later opted to try to improve the mark to 384 pounds, but missed. On two of his three attempts, Wallace was hampered by several miscues involving his spotters.

"He had some bad luck," Scully said.

In the strict curl competition of the masters 168-pound class, Mollohan set an American record, curling 154 pounds. He set the standard on his second attempt after missing the same weight on the first.

On his third attempt, Mollohan went for 160 pounds, but was not successful.

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