Matthews earned a big-time win and hit PRs with energy to spare.
Before 2022, Bobb Matthews might need been an ascending star, however he might by no means fairly break via 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 12 months, Matthews got here, noticed, and conquered.
On Dec. 10, 2022, Matthews (105KG) gained the 2022 USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Virginia Pro when he captured a 952.5-kilogram (2,099.3-pound) uncooked whole. Per Open Powerlifting, Matthews’ whole is an all-time competitors private document (PR) of twenty-two.2 kilograms (49 kilos). Perhaps not by coincidence, Matthews’ previous PR whole of 930 kilograms (2,050.3 kilos) occurred on the 2022 USAPL Mega Nationals — the one different win of the athlete’s profession.
En path to his best-ever competitors whole, 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 greatest on the again squat. To put a cherry on high, Matthews’ DOTS rating of 582.79 — the ratio of an athlete’s physique weight to the burden they’re lifting — was the very best recorded within the USAPL this 12 months. The athlete had a physique weight of 101.4 kilograms (223.5 kilos) on the contest.
Here’s an summary of Matthews’ high 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 often competes within the 100-kilogram weight class, however moved up in weight for the 2022 USAPL Virginia Pro. Such a aggressive choice had him cross paths with peer Ashton Rouska — one of many extra prolific rivals in that division, and who has gained noteworthy titles just like the 2021 USAPL Raw Nationals. Rouska was the defending Virginia Pro champion within the 105-kilogram class, and Matthews’ current efficiency finally dethroned him.
That stated, Matthews’ PR/profitable whole on the 2022 version of the Virginia Pro was truly 2.7 kilograms (6.1 kilos) lower than Rouska’s profitable whole on the 2021 iteration of the Virginia Pro. That suggests this pair of powerlifters might have some neck-and-neck battles sooner or later.
In the feedback of Matthews’ Instagram publish detailing his outcomes, Rouska deferred to the athlete, providing hearty, congratulatory phrases of reward. At the identical time, he seemed 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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