Maui team sets records at powerlifting championships
HONOLULU — Sonny’s sixth annual Bench Press and Dead Lift Championships were held on Sunday, June 27, at the Hawaii Convention Center on Oahu.
A large crowd of cheering supporters watched a Maui team of 13 bench pressers and dead lifters take first place in the team competition.
The bench press group coached by Gilbert Shibao led the way. Gilbert set a state Law Enforcement Division record in the Master Men Division, 259-pound weight class, 40-46 age class, with a winning press of 457 pounds.
Moses Timbel of Hana competed in the Master Men Division, 148-pound weight class, 61-67 age class. He set a new state record and won his bracket with a 226-pound bench press.
Keoki Dacuycuy took first place in the Submaster Men Division, 242-pound weight class, 34-39 age class, pressing 513 pounds.
Amado Nacapuy Jr. set a new teen state record in the Teen Men Division, 308-pound weight class, with a winning bench press of 396 pounds.
Anaki Kukahiko, in his first contest, won the Class One Men, Super Heavyweight Division, 380-plus-pound weight class, pressing 424 pounds.
Velma Panlasigui won the Open and Master Women Division, 132-pound weight class, with a new Master Division state record bench press of 133 pounds.
Siu Whitehead’s winning bench press in the Master Women Division, 123-pound weight class, set a new state record of 99 pounds.
First-time competitor Cheryl Nasser took home the gold in the Master Women Division, 165-pound weight class, with a bench press of 137 pounds.
Highly decorated boxer Colleen Loo, in her first powerlifting contest, won the Junior Women Division, 105-pound weight class and set a junior state record by benching 154 pounds,
In the Dead Lift, two-time World Women’s Champion and world record holder Elizabeth Cabe led the team. Weighing only 94 pounds, Elizabeth won the Open and Master Women Division, 97-pound weight class, breaking the world record on each of her three lifts, with a final record lift of 303 pounds.
Following Elizabeth, World Champion Velma Panlasigui set a new Open Women Division, 132-pound weight class, state record with a dead lift of 314 pounds.
State record holder in the 148-pound weight class Darnell Christie took first in the Open and Master Women Division with a lift of 342 pounds.
Whitehead won the 123-pound weight class with a new Open and Master Women Division state record, lifting 281 pounds.
Loo set a new state record in the Junior Women Division, 105-pound weight class, lifting 271 pounds.
Timbel competed in the Master Men Division, 148-pound weight class. He set new state record in the dead lift at 451 pounds.
Dacuycuy took first in the Submaster Men Division, 242-pound weight class, with a new dead lift state record of 580 pounds.
Alex Ramerez Chaparro, in the Class One Men Division, 181-pound weight class, won with a dead lift of 416 pounds.
In the Teen Men Division, 308-pound weight class, 18-19 age class, Amado Nacapuy Jr. won by lifting 424 pounds.
Gabriel Balboa set a new state record in the Teen Men Division, 259-pound weight class, 18-19 age class, with a lift of 485 pounds.
Kukahiko won the Class 1 Men, Super Heavyweight Division, with a lift of 468 pounds.
Several members of the Maui team will combine with other lifters from around the state to represent Hawaii in the World Championships from Nov. 16-23 at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas.