ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Tomah powerlifter Marshall Messmer

TOMAH, Wis. (WEAU) -- It wasn’t that long ago that Marshall Messmer began his powerlifting career at Tomah High School as a junior. Messmer graduated earlier this year after becoming the state and national champion in his weight class and it wouldn’t be long before he’d was crowned world champion and set the world record in the deadlift in his weight class as a sub-junior.


“It was just amazing. It flew up so much faster and when I locked it out and dropped it I looked at the screen where they show the white lights,” Messmer describes. “Before they even got the vote in, the judge’s votes and all that I was like I know I got it.”

Marshall had set the state record this past March in the 242lb weight class pulling 655lbs on the deadlift. On September 2, in Orlando, Florida against the best teens from around the world he pulled 727lbs in the 264lb weight class at the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World competition. A 72lb difference six months later.

“I don’t know if I can do it. I just kind of pull. If it comes up, it comes up,” explains Messmer. “If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Powerlifting is 90% mental.”

Marshall Messmer doesn’t appear to have a ceiling in this sport and he’s been dominating ever since he began just over two years ago.

“As a junior to come in fresh to powerlifting yes that is actually quite amazing,” says Tomah High School powerlifting coach Chip Thompson. “The powerlifting community says that same thing, ‘Man you’ve only been in it for two years,’ to Marshall. Yeah, well he put in the work, he knew it could be done.

While he performs best in the deadlift, he’s a strong all-around powerlifter. Messmer received silver at the world competition in the squat and bench press, missing out on first by roughly 20lbs in each lift. His total weight of 1,800lbs between the three lifts earned him another gold in his weight class.

“I like to stay humble with that stuff,” adds Messmer. “Yeah I can pull it, but I know I can pull more too.”

Marshall Messmer will no longer be able to re-break the deadlift record as a sub-junior as he will now be competing as a junior moving forward, but he’ll try to get that done in 2018.

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