Tony Curtis promoted the 2014 NPC Gainesville Classic on September 20th, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida. On the same weekend as the biggest contest in bodybuilding, the Mr. Olympia event in Las Vegas, the NPC Gainesville had a very good turnout. This event is a special one because the profits from the contest are donated to the Cancer Research clinic in Gainesville, Florida. The crowd at this event was very loud and supportive of all the athletes participating.
The contest began with the Masters Men Bodybuilding. The Over 50 division was very competitive with 52 year old Frank Sapienza taking first place. Frank has been having a great year with overall wins in both the Masters and Open Bodybuilding divisions at the NPC Ancient City and Lakeland competitions earlier in the summer. Second place went to the thick physique of Robert Donnelly with a very impressive Greg Washington in third place.
In the Over 40 class, Jason Gammons took first place with Daniel Morrison in second place. There were only two competitors in the Over 40 division.
The Over 35 class was also very competitive. Matt Ammann took first place with a much improved physique. Matt is looking better with each succeeding show he does this year. Brian DeGaglia (who also won the special Best Calves award) was in second place with a hard, muscular physique. Third place went to the well developed physique of Lynard Dicks.
The Masters Men Bodybuilding overall was very tight between Matt Ammann and Frank Sapienza. Frank is taller and wider with a bigger structure and hard conditioning while Matt was thicker and also in hard condition. The superior definition and hardness of Frank Sapienza gave him the overall win.
The Teen Men Bodybuilding featured three competitors. Jeremy Clavier was the winner with excellent hardness and a determined attitude onstage. Second place Michael Forde displayed potential plus with great muscle shape and symmetry. This young man has a great future in the sport if he continues to train hard and improve. Third place went to Ryan Marchant who will do well if he comes in much harder next time.
The Masters Figure division was up next. The Over 40 class featured two competitors. Dana Devine (1) was the judges choice for first place with Peggy Ward (2) solidly in second.
The Over 30 class was dominated by Tarryn Garlington (3) who received a unanimous first place from the judges. Tina Thompson (5) was much improved in second place followed by Noelia Pine (6) in third place.
The overall Masters Figure was won by the muscular and well conditioned physique of Tarryn Garlington.
The Teen Figure division only featured one competitor. Ashlyne Riley was the winner here.
The Masters Men’s Physique was lightly contested with two competitors. Tim Price was the first place winner with Dean Welton in second place.
The Masters Bikini also featured two competitors. Casey Newick (12) was the unanimous winner with all first place votes from the judges. Sherry Tillis (13) was the second place finisher.
The Women’s Physique winner was Michelle Smith. Michelle began competing in the women’s bodybuilding category back in the early ’90’s. Several years later, Michelle switched over the Figure division, taking first place at this very contest. Now competing in Women’s Physique, she likes competing in a category where she can perform a posing routine again.
The Figure Open division was contested in two height classes. Tarryn Garlington, the overall Masters winner, dominated in the open division as well. Tina Thompson was the runner up in second place followed by Katie Pratt in third place.
The Tall Class in the Figure Open was won by Jessica Sands followed by Natalie Klosak in second place. In the overall, Tarryn Garlington won her second overall trophy of the night.
The Men’s Physique Open was also judged in two classes. The Short Class was won by David Centeno with Chase Curtis, the son of promoter Tony Curtis, in second place.
The Tall Class was very competitive featuring 11 competitors. Justin Carlton received almost all first place votes to win the class. Hareem White tied with Kyle Miller in second place and Hareem won the tie breaker to take second place.
In the Men’s Physique overall, the shorter and more muscular physique of David Centeno won him the overall title.
The Bikini Open was the biggest division of the night with 17 total competitors. The short class was won by Megan Brown (18). Crystal McCoy (19) and Laura Weissing (15) tied for second place with 15 points each. Crystal won the tie breaker and ended up in the runner up spot with Laura in third place.
The Bikini Open tall class was won by Abby Powell (23), competing in her first competition. Smiling Sterling Jackson (22) was a strong second place followed by Anna Gravalle (28) in third place.
In the Bikini Open Overall, a confident Abby Powell took the overall. Abby will continue competing next year in more Bikini competitions.
The 2014 NPC Gainesville finished off with the Men’s Bodybuilding Open. The excellent physique of Teen competitor Michael Forde was the only entrant in the Bantamweight Class. Michael has a great future as his physique continues to mature and develop.
In the Lightweight Class, the ripped physique of Gui Feng Xu won in another uncontested class. Gui surprised the audience when Tony Curtis brought him out to sing the Opera song Ave Maria. In the bodybuilding competition, Gui was ripped and ready and he was an excellent class winner.
The Middleweight class was won by Over 35 Masters winner Matt Ammonn with a nearly perfect score. Matt had the thickness combined with good hardness to take a convincing first place. Roger Adcock looked very good in second place. Brian DeGaglia displayed rock hard abs and good overall thickness to take third place.
The Light Heavyweight class was won by Masters Bodybuilding overall winner Frank Sapienza (42). Chris Kuppler (61) displayed excellent leg development and good hardness to take a close second place. Masters Over 50 runner up Robert Donnelly (43) ended up in third place.
The Heavyweight class featured five competitors. Levi Fairbanks (62) received the majority of the judges votes with his tall and symmetrical physique. Kurt Sommer (64) showed excellent potential in second place with his wide frame and good size. Robert McLaughlin was in third place. Kurt Luckman (49) was the only competitor in the Super Heavyweight class.
The Men’s Overall Posedown featured an excellent posedown. Matt Ammonn and Frank Sapienza renewed their rivalry from the Masters Men overall. The Lightweight winner Gui Feng Xu was ripped and ready for action while the Heavyweight winner Levi Fairbanks worked the crowd for more applause. In the end, the super conditioned physique of Frank Sapienza won the overall again, his third big victory this year. Congratulations to Tony Curtis and his crew on the promotion of another excellent event!
2014 NPC Gainesville Results
Masters Men Bodybuilding
Masters Men Bodybuilding Overall - Frank Sapienza
Teen Men Bodybuilding
Masters Figure Overall - Tarryn Garlington
1. Ashlyne Riley
Masters Men Physique
Figure Open Overall - Tarryn Garlington
Men’s Physique Open
Men’s Physique Open Overall - David Centeno
Bikini Open Overall - Abby Powell
Men’s Bodybuilding Open
Gui Feng Xu
Light Heavyweight Class
Super Heavyweight Class
Overall Men’s Bodybuilding Open - Frank Sapienza
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