Day 1 2014 University National Weightlifting Results

First day at the 2014 University Nationals went pretty well. Dorothy Huynh competed in her first National Level competition and showed a lot of fight. She Snatched 53, missed 56 behind (over pull), missed 56 out front (over corrected and cut it short). In the Clean & Jerk she composed herself and came out very intense and focused. She made 64, 68, and 71 kilos (New Personal Record). She finished with 124 kilos and a New Personal Record in the Total. She finished 11th overall in the 58 kilo division. Dorothy has bigger lifts in her and with more training she will be able to showcase her talents.

In the 62 kilo A session Dillon Casillas had a little dog fight on his hands. Dillon did not have his best day but he showed that even not at his best he was going to scratch and fight for every kilo. In the Snatch he made a mental error on his opener with 95 kilos and had to repeat it on his second attempt. He over pulled 100 kilos on his third attempt. Dillon finished 2nd place in the Snatch.
Going into the Clean & Jerk we new it was going to be a three way battle for 2nd place with two other athletes. Dillon made a great opener with 120 kilos. This was the most he had ever opened with. 125 kilos was the call for his second attempt and he made it. Giving him a new Competition Record. The call was for 127 on the third attempt we already had Third Place locked up and this would have forced the other athlete to go very high to beat us. Dillon’s clean with 127 kilos was the best of the day, but called for a very slight incomplete lockout in the Jerk. This left an opening for his opponent to take 129 kilos and leap frog over us. He made the lift. Dillon finished 3rd place in the Clean & Jerk and 3rd Overall in the 62 kilo class. Dillon knows he left 7 kilos out there in the Snatch. When your not at your very best and you still medal you have to walk away somewhat content. But more work has to be done and we’ll correct it and come back stronger.

In the 69 kilo A Session Keith Weitz was prepared to compete. Keith was in very good shape and it showed. He made a very easy opener with 95 kilos in the Snatch and duplicated it on his second attempt with 100 kilos. The call was for 105 kilos on his third attempt. This would have been a Personal Record for Keith and a weight he has never attempted. He lifted the bar off the ground with such tremendous strength that he over pulled the bar and missed it behind. It was a miss but it was a good miss in my eyes because it showed me that Keith has the strength to handle this weight he just missed timed it. That can be corrected. Going into the Clean & Jerk Keith looked good in all his warm ups. He crushed 120 kilos on his opener. On his 2nd attempt he Cleaned 125 very good but on the recovery the bar was cutting his air off a little. He was not able to fully get his air and the Jerk suffered. We made the decision to bump him up to 127 kilos to buy him a little time to so that he could fully recover from the previous lift. Again he Cleaned the weight with great strength. This had been a previous issue with Keith in the past and he worked hard to bring up the deficit. This time he cleared his throat and was able to have a full breath going into the Jerk. However during the Jerk he had slight unlocking of his elbow and was called no lift. I always tell my athletes don’t leave it in the eyes of the judges. Work on perfect technique an leave no doubt. Despite not making the lifts I was happy that Keith was able to attempt these weights. He had never attempted 105 or 127 in a meet before this and they we’re both very close. I am confident that Keith will work hard to make these lifts opening attempts in the near future. He finished in 12th place overall.

Saturday I will be commentating during the 77 A Session at 3 PM (2 PM Arizona Time). Then we will have Blake Edwards competing in the 85 kilo A Session. After that I will Refereeing the 94 kilo A Session.

Sunday Kyle Schmidt will be competing in the 105 B Session, Chase Verquer will be competing in the 105 A Session. Missy Faubus will be competing in the 75+ A Session and Cody King will be competing in the 105+ A Session. Performance One Weightlifting has the most A Session Lifters out of any club from Arizona Representing here at the 2014 University Nationals.


2014 University Nationals Schedule

Lifting Schedule for the 2014 University Nationals
Friday Sept 26th, 2014
2014 University Nationals Live Link

Dorothy Huynh 11 am (10 am AZ time) on Blue Platform.
Dillon Casillas 1 pm (12 pm AZ time) on the Red Platform.
Keith Weitz 7:30 pm (6:30 pm AZ time) on the Blue Platform.

Saturday Sept 27th, 2014
Coach Micela will be commentating during the 77 Kilo A Session 3 pm (2 pm AZ time)
Blake Edwards 5:30 pm (4:30 pm AZ time) on the Red Platform.

Sunday Sept 28th, 2014
Kyle Schmidt 10:00 am (9:00 am AZ time) on the Red Platform.
Chase Verquer 12:00 pm (11:00 am AZ Time) on the Red Platform.
Missy Faubus 2:30 pm (1:30 pm AZ time) on the Blue Platform.
Cody King 2:30 pm (1:30 pm AZ time) on the Red Platform

Live Webcast of University National Weightlifting Championships

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62 kilos A Session Dillon Casillas

69 kilo B Session Keith Weitz

58 kilo B Session Dorothy Hunyh

85 kilo A Session Blake Edwards

105 kilo B Session Kyle Schmidt

105 kilo A Session Chase Verquer

75+ kilo A Session Missy Faubus

105+ kilo A Session Cody King

Former Grand Canyon State Games Executive Director Erik Widmark to be voted into Arizona Sports Hall of Fame

If you could take a moment out of your day to vote for the Erik Widmark for the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame. Erik was the long time Executive Director for the Grand Canyon State Games. He spent a majority of life helping out youth athletes. From his days as a athlete, to coach, and then onto as an Administrator. He always thought of the athletes and their families. Wid is a great man and I am happy to know him and have worked with him for over 12 years.

Coach Joe


Skyline HS Senior joins the Performance One Weightlifting Team

I would like to welcome Becky Walker to our the Performance One Weightlifting Team. Becky was Talented Identified to be very gifted in the sport of Weightlifting. She is very physically strong with good coordination. In only her second workout Becky has picked up Coach Micela’s Teaching Progressions very quickly. She has shown a natural way around the barbell that only comes with more experienced lifters. We will wait and see if she has what it takes to join the ranks of other very talented lifters that have gone on to dominate local, national, and international competition for Coach Joe. Becky we are glad to have you!

Mesquite High School Stand Out Lineman

Watch highlights of Mesquite High School Football Junior Roy Lopez III on Hudle. Roy trained with Coach Joe Micela in the off-season. He is one of the top ranked Guards in the State of Arizona for his class. With more training and another full off-season under his belt, Roy will be one, if not the top, Offensive Lineman to come out of Arizona in 2016. Keep up all the hard work Roy!


Roy Lopez III Hudle Video

9-11-01 Never Forget

Never forget this day.

Remember the men and women who lost their lives in this horrific tragedy.
Remember the First Responders who went in and sacrificed their lives.
Remember the soldiers who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom each and everyday.
Remember the people who did this to us and never let them get away with it ever again.

Demand Justice.
Stand up for Freedom.
Fight and Never Give Up!

God Bless America!


Mesa High School Football Players get MaxPrep Honors in Week 1 & 2 of the 2014 Football Season

Congrats to Mesa High School’s Elijah Cook for being named MaxPreps Defensive Player of the Game verses Dobson High School 8/29/14. Elijah a Junior made a huge impact at the Defensive End position. Elijah started in the Performance One Advanced Sports Training Strength and Conditioning for Football Off Season Program and excelled in just his first year going from JV to Varsity. His work ethic and commitment to the program has allowed him to dominate the competition. Fellow Mesa HS Teammate and Performance One Athlete Heber Anderson was the next up to receive MaxPrep Defensive Player of the Game Award the following week against Highland HS 9/5/14. Both young men trained with Coach Joe Micela in the Off Season. Congrats men more accomplishments will come your way with hard work.

Performance One Athletes Medal

Over the weekend, two of our athletes Allison and Craig competed at Crossfit Infernal for a weightlifting meet. Allison made a 37kg in the Snatch and 48kg in the Clean & Jerk. Craig made a 115kg in the Snatch and 145kg. Both athletes received 1st place medals! Craig placed 1st overall in the 85 kilo Senior division and Alli placed 1st overall in the 53 kilo Youth division. Way to go!!!