[MENA] Larry Wood of Ouachita Wellness and Sports Center and Dr. Paul Buschman of Mena Regional Health System competed Saturday, October 4 in the Arkansas State Championship Powerlifting Meet at Russellville, Arkansas. Larry Wood won first place in the Master’s Division (ages 50-55), 259 Pound Weight Class. Larry squatted 460 pounds, bench pressed 410 pounds, and dead lifted 300 (limited by injury), for a combined total of 1170 pounds. Dr. Paul Buschman won second place in the Men’s Open Division, Super Heavy Weight Class. Dr. Buschman squatted 650 pounds, bench pressed 350 pounds, and dead lifted 625 pounds, totaling 1625 pounds overall.
Larry Wood has previously competed successfully in bodybuilding. Dr. Buschman is new to the sport of powerlifting; the state championship was his first meet. Dr. Buschman was a successful Division I track and field athlete as an undergraduate, throwing the discus and shot put. He has only been lifting weights for the last 14 months, getting back into strength training 13 years after his collegiate track and field expired.