Matthews earned a big-time win and hit PRs with power to spare.
Before 2022, Bobb Matthews might need been an ascending star, however he might by no means fairly break by way of on a sanctioned lifting platform. Aside from some stable podium finishes, he was awaiting his flip to shine within the highlight. In what was seemingly his final aggressive look of the 2022 calendar yr, Matthews got here, noticed, and conquered.
On Dec. 10, 2022, Matthews (105KG) received the 2022 USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Virginia Pro when he captured a 952.5-kilogram (2,099.3-pound) uncooked complete. Per Open Powerlifting, Matthews’ complete is an all-time competitors private report (PR) of twenty-two.2 kilograms (49 kilos). Perhaps not by coincidence, Matthews’ previous PR complete of 930 kilograms (2,050.3 kilos) occurred on the 2022 USAPL Mega Nationals — the one different win of the athlete’s profession.
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En path to his best-ever competitors complete, Matthews notched all-time competitors PRs on his bench press by 17.5 kilograms (38.6 kilos) and deadlift by 5 kilograms (11 kilos). He additionally matched his all-time finest on the again squat. To put a cherry on prime, Matthews’ DOTS rating of 582.79 — the ratio of an athlete’s physique weight to the load they’re lifting — was the best recorded within the USAPL this yr. The athlete had a physique weight of 101.4 kilograms (223.5 kilos) on the contest.
Here’s an outline of Matthews’ prime stats from the 2022 USAPL Virginia Pro:
Bobb Matthews (105KG) | 2022 USAPL Virginia Pro Top Stats
- Squat — 340 kilograms (749.6 kilos) | Equals All-Time Raw Competition Best
- Bench Press — 232.5 kilograms (512.6 kilos) | All-Time Raw Competition Best
- Deadlift — 380 kilograms (837.8 kilos) | All-Time Raw Competition Best
- Total — 952.5 kilograms (2,099.3 kilos) | All-Time Raw Competition Best
Matthews normally competes within the 100-kilogram weight class, however moved up in weight for the 2022 USAPL Virginia Pro. Such a aggressive resolution had him cross paths with peer Ashton Rouska — one of many extra prolific opponents in that division, and who has received noteworthy titles just like the 2021 USAPL Raw Nationals. Rouska was the defending Virginia Pro champion within the 105-kilogram class, and Matthews’ latest efficiency finally dethroned him.
That stated, Matthews’ PR/profitable complete on the 2022 version of the Virginia Pro was truly 2.7 kilograms (6.1 kilos) lower than Rouska’s profitable complete on the 2021 iteration of the Virginia Pro. That suggests this pair of powerlifters might have some neck-and-neck battles sooner or later.
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In the feedback of Matthews’ Instagram put up detailing his outcomes, Rouska deferred to the athlete, providing hearty, congratulatory phrases of reward. At the identical time, he appeared forward to when the 2 may subsequent sq. off.
“You did well, Bobb, I am so proud of how far you’ve come,” Rouska wrote. “You have a heart of gold and deserve every ounce of success that is coming your way. This 10-year powerlifter won’t just kneel over and let you win the Arnold [2023 Arnold Sports Festival], though. Time to get to work!”
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