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USPA Red Brick Bench Press Championship nets $10,000 for troop memorial

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Mon, Mar 10th 2014 02:00 pm
Pictured, from left, are Penny Rodden and Dan Zahno.
Pictured, from left, are Penny Rodden and Dan Zahno.

Niagara Powerlifting Club members Dan Zahno and Nick Figura, both of Ransomville, and Penny Rodden, of Niagara Falls, all did well at the recent USPA Red Brick Bench Press Championship XI, held at the Connecticut Street Armory in Buffalo.

Zahno took first place in the 220-pound division and broke his own state record with a 451.9-pound bench press. He was awarded an Outstanding Lifter Award in honor of fallen Marine Lance Cpl. Timothy G. Serwinowski of North Tonawanda.

Figura took first place honors in the 308-pound division with a 402.3-pound bench press.

Penny Rodden took first place in the women's 148-pound division with a state bench press record of 148.8 pounds. Rodden received an Outstanding Female Bench Press Award in honor of fallen soldier Sgt. Cari Anne Gasiewicz of Depew.

Meet director Dennis Brochey reported the event attracted more than 130 of the top bench pressers from across the state. The event has served as a fundraiser for military families, raising more than $100,000 since its 2004 debut.

This year's event raised $10,000 for the Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial, to be built at the Buffalo Naval Park this year. Additional funds will go to both the Veterans Legal Support Group and to the WNY Military Family Support Group.

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