Tomah teen, Marshall Messmer competed in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, September 2nd, 2017, at the International Powerlifting Federation World competition.
Messmer successfully completed three lifts: squat, bench press and deadlift. He squated 649 pounds to earn a silver medal, benched 429 pounds for a silver medal and deadlifted 726 pounds for a gold medal and the honor of being a world record holder in his weight class. His total weight lifted for the day was 1804 pounds, which again earned him a gold medal. Messmer was a Tomah High School Powerlifter coached by Chip Thompson who said, “as soon as I started coaching Marshall, I knew he had the strength and drive to compete at a high level. He has been a dedicated athlete and his hard work is now decorated with significant medals and a world record.” Thompson also coached Tomah Powerlifter Joshua Peardot who brought home several gold medals at the 2016 World Competition.
Messmer competed in the sub-junior category at the 120 kg weight class.