Five area lifters compete at state championship power-lifting meet

From left, Coach J.C. Pocock stands with Laura Ulmer, Elijah Cline, Audrey Restelli, John Fuller and Mercedes Ball. The five individuals competed in a state championship power-lifting meet on April 23 in Orville.

Five area power-lifters each took a turn standing alone on a platform in a workout gym on April 23 in Orville in front of hundreds of cheering people to give it their all doing squats, bench presses and dead lifts.

The event was the Power Lifting State Championships and roughly 90 people competed.

Retired Mansfield police officer John Fuller, 67, set four state records and won the state title in his weight class. Fuller also qualified for the North American Championships and the world championships.

Fuller is going to drop down to another weight class and go to another meet and try to set a world record, his coach J.P. Pocock said Friday night.

His coach said weights are in kilos, not pounds, saying Fuller bench pressed about 220 pounds, did a dead lift at 369 pounds and a back squat at 303 pounds.

John Fuller, a retired Mansfield police officer, set four state records at a state championship power-lifting meet April 23 in Orville. Fuller won the state title and was the weightlifting champion in his weight class.

Before his next meet, Fuller, who weighs 168 pounds and needs to get down to 165 pounds, must get a little stronger, Pocock said.

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Fuller gave all the credit to Pocock, who he has been training with for about a decade. Fuller has been working out for the past 40 years.

“I never in a million years would have believed this would have turned out like it did,” said Fuller. “Everybody did so well. With his guidance and his training, he’s helped us all out so much. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him. There’s no doubt in my mind.”

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