Several new records set at Fortis Powerlifting Open

One national and multiple state records fell Saturday at the Fortis Powerlifting Open in Mary Esther. 

Athletes from Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi competed in the squat, bench press, and deadlift disciplines, and a small crowd watched several state-level records toppled in each. A few records were broken multiple times by the same people during the three-discipline powerlifting competition.  

Roy Reynolds, 67 from Milton, smashed the previous age and weight division bench press record with 259 pounds. Then on his next lift, topped it by five pounds. And again a few minutes later at 270 pounds.

Reynolds and his slightly older buddy, 70-year-old Roberto Chomat, casually walked away with top honors and state records in their age/weight classes.

Chomat benched more than 242 pounds for his second state record of the day, but missed upping the record on his third lift. But the pair of powerlifting senior citizens didn’t stick around for the awards ceremony.

Weight class winners 


67.5 kg Junior – Danielle Day  

67.5 kg Open – Casey Walton 

75 kg Open – Amanda Walker 

82.5 kg Open – Ashley Virgilio 

Heavyweight Open – Laura Broadwater 

52 kg Sub-master – Kelsey Spratlin 


67.5 kg Junior – Chris Lyles 

75 kg Junior (18-19) – Austin Leblanc 

75 kg Junior (20-23) – Cameron Furbush 

67.5 kg Open – Chris Lyles 

90 kg Open – Isaiah Long 

100 kg Open – Demerrius Slocum 

110 kg Open – Devon Overall 

125 kg Open – Gary Brewer 

100 kg Sub-master – Matt Milbury 

125 kg Sub-master – Gary Brewer

Read the full article in the Dec. 19 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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