Clyde B. Emrich

By Osmo "John" Kiiha

Reprinted with permission of The Iron Master



On March 30, 1957, Clyde Emrich became the first middle heavyweight on Earth to officially clean and jerk 400 pounds in the 198 class for a new World Record.

Emrich had spent several unsuccessful years trying to negotiate the magical 400 pound barrier. Many times he cleaned weights in excess of 400 pounds only to lose the jerks by a provincial whisker.

Very few men in the world have been successful with an over 400 Clean and Jerk in the 1950's and all of them were heavyweights - John Davis, Norbert Schemansky and Paul Anderson, just to name a few. The sole exception to this rule was Dave Sheppard who successfully negotiated a 403 lb. clean and jerk in a May 1954 exhibition at a 186 bodyweight - of course, this was an unofficial lift.

Less than two weeks later, Emrich pushed the clean and jerk record to 409 lbs. (April 13, 1957.) For reasons known only to themselves, the International Weightlifting Federation (I.W.F.) recognized the World Record as 407 3/4 pounds (185 kg.), but the American record stayed at 409 pounds. It took the international lifting community in the 198 class over three years to exceed this lift6 [Palinski - Poland, 185.5 kg. Or 408 3/4 lbs., June 26, 1960] and over ten years for an American to exceed it7 [Phil Grippaldi - 412 lbs., Dec. 9, 1967]. For a boy that could barely C & J over 200 lbs. in his first contest in 1948, the 409 was a monumental feat that only a super strong man could accomplish.

The story of Clyde Emrich should prove inspiring to our lifting community, for he was a very average boy when he started training in 1946. He was 15 years old and weighed 110 pounds at 5' 6". He trained at home with homemade cans of sand and cement and cable-chest expanders. Most of his early instruction came from Strength and Health magazine. Like many other boys, he played neighborhood baseball and football, and as he grew stronger as a result of his barbell training he won his high school wrestling championships, and did very well as an amateur boxer. He was also timed at 10.2 in the 100 yard dash.

What is interesting, is that Clyde used an exercise bar, not an Olympic bar for his training. He felt training on the non-revolving exercise bar greatly increased his pulling power (Who can argue with over 400 lb. cleans?) A man of tremendous grip, Clyde never used straps in training or a hook grip in competition; this was also a philosophy that Norbert Schemansky subscribed to - Norb only hooked in desperation. Right up to the 1952 Olympics, all of Emrich's training was done in his parents basement performing presses, snatches, clean & jerks and squats. Later in his career, Clyde trained in various YMCA's around Chicago.

Clyde came from a good family. His father was a salesman for the Pittsburgh Glass Company, and the family consisted of five sisters and one brother. His father was of German stock and his mother a French-Canadian. Clyde's competitive career was exceptionally long, starting in 1948 and ending in 1967. Even during his military service, he was fortunate enough to be given considerable training time while stationed in Germany. Clyde lifted along with Tommy Kono in many exhibitions all over Europe. During his 1953 Army stint, Emrich defeated one of France's best lifters, Debuf, twice. The only time Clyde has to seriously curtail his training was when he incurred a serious shoulder injury just before the 1957 Senior Nationals. The injury plagued him for almost 18 months, but he finally responded to diathermy and ultrasonic treatment.

Clyde Emrich's distinguished career included: Member of the 1952 Olympic team (Eighth Place - 181 class); Third Place 1954 World Championships; Second Place 1955 World Championships; Gold Medal 1959 Pan American Games; and four Senior National titles. Clyde also won numerous state and regional wins along with two World Records.

In 1955, he was selected as a member of the American team on its famous goodwill tour of the Far East. For the United States State Department, he distinguished himself on this hectic 35,000 mile journey by proving to be the healthiest man on the squad. He was never ill, always lifted easy and amazed all the audiences by the way he pulled up the heaviest weights. Besides Clyde, only Chuck Vicni stood up to the rigors of the trip and even had a day of agony in Iran. Paul Anderson had to quit right in the middle of the tour. Tommy Kono lost weight day after day and finished in a weakened state. Jim George was beginning to see spots in front of his eyes and was ill for weeks after he reached home.

On the memorable moment traveling through Iran, Clyde and Paul Anderson volunteered to go by ground route instead of the usual plane trip. Since the plane only held 7 passengers of normal size, the pilot taking one look at the muscular American team, he insisted that he would only take five. After Clyde and Paul took one look at the horrible condition of the plane, they were glad to take the ground route by taxi. After all, they had also been told you might see more of the country from a car than a plane and as it turned out, they did - They not only saw a lot of the desert, but they inhaled and ate it too.

The plane trip took only about one hour and the team was waiting for the taxi to arrive. When Paul and Clyde arrived six hours later, two of the saddest looking dust covered white ghosts staggered out of the taxi. They had gone through a desert sandstorm - the car was filled inside and out with fine sand, even their locked suitcases were so full they had to shovel it out. The amazing part was that both Clyde and Paul still lifted well at an exhibition that night even though they were still spitting sand out.

Like most better lifters, Emrich did not hold to a strict workout schedule as far as repetitions, sets, or even specific exercises were concerned. Generally he worked out four times a week. He worked primarily for power and used near limit weights - generally one to five reps in most exercises. In each workout, he made sure to include at least one pressing movement - either regular Olympic presses or heavy dumbell presses, etc.; one or two pulling exercises such as dead hang cleans, high pulls with snatch grip, repetition snatches, etc.; and heavy leg work including a variety of squats. He was also - and still is - a great believer in the power building ability of quarter squats and had done over 1,200 lbs. for a single and 50 reps with as much as 600 pounds in this exercise. Clyde also did heavy bent arm laterals with dumbells to build up his shoulder power. He also did heavy overhead supports to help his jerk lockout. Clyde usually took a two day lay off before the day of competition.

A TYPICAL WEEK OF TRAINING FOR EMRICH WENT LIKE THIS:

MONDAY
Clean & Press - brief warmup
205 X 6 225 X 6 250 X 3 265 X 2 280 X 2. Six singles with 290.
Snatch
135 X 5 185 X 5 205 X 2 225 X 2 and singles with 240 - 250 - 260 - 270 - 280 - 290.
Full Squat (back)
300 X 15 330 X 10 350 X 5 400 X 5 425 X 5 450 X 4 475 X 3.
Sometimes singles with 500 - 520. The squat would often be varied with front squats on different occasions.

WEDNESDAY
The same Press routine as Monday.
Cleans
205 X 2 250 X 2 300 X 2 320X 2 340 X 1 360 X 1 370 X 1. If energy levels were up, Clyde would single with up to 390 Power Cleans 225 X 5 250 X 5 270 X 5 280 X 2 290 X 2 300 X 2 310 X 2.
Singles up to 340.

FRIDAY
Presses
This was his heavy day. He tried to hit his top Press for the day, usually 310. Snatches Best possible snatch, working for a maximum effort.
Clean and Jerk
Top Clean & Jerk, followed by a maximum Clean effort of 400 - 430 lbs.
Squats
From 300 - 500 usually around 50 reps total.

SATURDAY
Saturday was a free day - just a casual workout - not a heavy workout. He would press a few weights and do some power cleans. He would also do more back and front squats.

As discussed before, Clyde would vary his routines and exercises depending on his physical condition and what competition cycle he was in. Clyde Emrich was self coached - he had a perfect understanding of what worked for him and what didn't.

Clyde seems to have derived most of his power from the extensive squatting routines he employed - and pure power is what Clyde had most.

Clyde had a weightlifting career most lifters only dream about, for his longevity is a testimony to his greatness.

Today Clyde is a strength coach for the Chicago Bears. For 24 years, Clyde has coached the Bears in the finer points of strength conditioning. We in the Olympic lifting community are proud to call Clyde Emrich as one of our own.

CLYDE EMRICH'S TITLES AND ACHIEVEMENTS

SCAN IN OF TITLES AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Clyde Emrich is also a member of the Weightlifting Hall of Fame.

Clyde B. Emrich's Contest History (1948 - 1967)

February 1948 - Chicago "Y" Novice Championships - Chicago, IL - Third Place - 148 Class - BWT 144
545 Total

January 23, 1949 - Central A.A.U. Novice Weightlifting Meet - Central YMCA - Chicago, IL - First Place - 165 Class
185 - 190 - 245 = 620
Roy Hilligenn - Mr. South Africa gave a lifting and posing demonstration (Roy won the 1952 Mr. America contest)

February 27, 1949 - Chicago District Championships - Southtown YMCA - Chicago, IL - Third place - 165 class
185 - 195 - 260 = 640

March 27, 1949 - 19th Annual Central A.A.U Weightlifting Championships - Lakeview High School - Chicago, IL - Third Place - 165 Class
200 - 205 - 250 = 655

April 24, 1949 - Tournament of Champions - Chicago, IL - First Place - 148 Class

March 26, 1959 - Fifth Annual Central A.A.U. Tournament of Strength Champions - Lakeview High School - Chicago, IL - First Place - 165 Class - BWT 164 1/2
220 - 230* - 300 = 750
Central A.A.U. Record.

April 16, 1950 - Midwest Weightlifting Championships - Hackett Fieldhouse - Highland Park, MI - First Place - 165 Class - BWT - 164 1/2
220 - 240 - 300 = 760

April 30, 1950 - Junior National A.A.U. Weightlifting Championships - Baltimore Y.M.H.A. Auditorium - Baltimore, MD - First Place - 165 Class - BWT 162
220 - 230 - 315* = 765
Junior National Clean & Jerk Record

August 13, 1950 - Mid-States A.A.U. Men's & Women's Weightlifting Championships, North Special Events Stage - Chicago Fair, Chicago, IL - First Place - 181 Class - BWT 174
240 - 240 - 315 = 795
A crowd estimated at almost 5000, along with Primo Garnera and Milo Steinborn in the audience watched this thrilling lifting contest. At this fair, Steinborn did the almost impossible feat of lifting a 800 lb. baby elephant by simply crouching low under the elephant's belly and standing up.

February 16, 1951 - Pan American Games Tryout - Roosevelt Auditorium - NYC, NY - First Place - 181 Class
250 - 250 - 330 = 830
On this same day, Stan Stanczyk lifted in Miami, Florida as a lightheavy. He made an 885 total and was picked for the Pan-Am Team.

June 16, 1951 - Senior National Weightlifting Championships - Griffith Park - Los Angeles, CA - Second Place - 181 Class - BWT 173
260 - 250 - 330 = 840
Lifts: Press 260 - 270 - 270. Snatch 250 - 260 - 260. Clean & Jerk 330 - 340 - 340.
Stan Stanczyk won with an 885 total. At this contest, John Davis made his historic clean & jerk of 402 lbs. for a new Heavyweight World Record.

(1952) Clyde joined the Army. He trained at camp Roberts, hitting 900 - totals in training.

June 27, 1952 - Senior National Weightlifting Championships and Final Olympic Tryouts 69th Regiment Armory - NYC, NY - First Place - 181 Class
259 - 264 1/2 - 341 1/2 = 865 Clyde defeated Dave Sheppard who totaled 859 3/4. Clyde Emrich made the 1952 Olympic Team for Helsinki, Finland.

July 26, 1952 - Olympic Games - Helsinki, Finland - Eighth Place - 181 Class
264 1/2 - 253 1/2 - 319 1/2 = 837 1/2
Clyde was injured. He pulled a sartorius muscle, making splitting almost impossible. Emrich performed well under the circumstances. He cleaned 336, but it hurt too much to hold. After the Olympic Games, Emrich was transferred to Germany with the US Army.

1952 Exhibitions in Germany - 270 - 270 - 340 = 881
275 - 264 - 352 = 892

December 1952 - Clyde totals 903 as an 181 Class lifter

1952 All-American Team - Third Place - 181 Class
865 total

January 10, 1953 - International Contest USA vs. Australia - London, England

- First Place - 181 Class
265 - 270 - 350 = 885
Clyde twice pressed 280, but was ruled out for bar stoppage.

(1953) - In training, Clyde lifted 300 in the press, 281 in the snatch and came through with a 374 clean & jerk. He had a close attempt with a 392 clean & jerk as a middle-heavyweight.

(1953) - Due to his Army duties in Germany, Clyde was unable to lift in the Senior Nationals or the World Championships.

February 1954 - Chicago District Championships - Chicago, IL - First Place - 198 Class - BWT 198
300 - 270 - 380 = 950
Clyde narrowly missed a 300 snatch and cleaned 400 lbs. but missed the jerk.

June 25, 1954 - Senior National Weightlifting Championships - Los Angeles, CA - Second Place - 198 Class
280 - 280 - 350 = 910
Dave Sheppard won with a 975 Total.

October 09, 1954 - World Weightlifting Championships - Vienna, Austria - Third Place - 198 Class
297 1/2* - 281 - 363 3/4 = 942 1/2
New USA Record.

October 16, 1954 - Mr. World Contest - Roubaix, France
Clyde Emrich took part in the contest.

October 17, 1954 - Lille, France
Clyde lifted almost the same total (942 1/2) as he had at the World Championships at a special exhibition. He lifts a special non-revolving 358 pound barbell at Cayeaux's Gym - he was only the fourth man ever to lift it to that date. Emrich also tried to clean the famous Apollon bell (366 lbs.) but could not turn it over at the shoulders because that bar did not revolve.

1954 All American Weightlifting Team - Second Place - Clyde Emrich - Second Place - 198 Class
950 Total

February 12, 1955 - National Capital Meet - Central YMCA - Washington DC - First Place - 198 Class
285 - 270 - 370 = 930
At this meet, Paul Anderson becomes the first man in the world to total 1100 lbs. in the three lifts.

June 05, 1955 - Senior National Weightlifting Championships - Cleveland, OH - Second Place - 198 Class
Won by Dave Sheppard with a total of 965. Clyde cleaned 400 lbs. like it weighed 250, but failed to get the jerk.

October 15, 1955 - World Weightlifting Championships - Munich, Germany - Second Place - 198 Class
292 - 286 1/2 - 363 3/4 = 942 1/4
Lifts: Press 292 - 303 - 303 Snatch - 270 - 281 - 286 1/2 Clean & Jerk 363 3/4 - 402 1/2 - 402 1/2
Clyde cleaned the 402 1/2, but missed the jerk. He also pressed 303 twice, but was given two red lights on both occasions.

November 01 through December 05, 1955 - State Department Tour The United States Weightlifting Team made a goodwill tour of the Middle East Countries: Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, India & Burma. The team consisted of Paul Anderson, Jim George, Clyde Emrich, Tommy Kono, Charles Vinci, Clarence Johnson and Bob Hoffman. All in all the team put on 23 exhibitions on the tour. Clyde's best lifts on the tour were a 303 press, a 286 1/2 snatch and a 368 3/4 clean & Jerk.

February 25, 1956 - Central Illinois A.A.U. Championships - Oak Park YMCA - Extra lifter - 198 Class
310 - 270 - 350 = 930
Emrich's press exceeded the American record, but he weighed over the middle-heavyweight limit.

June 02, 1956 - Senior National Weightlifting Championships - Philadelphia, PA - First Place - 198 Class - BWT 195 1/2
300 - 280 - 375 = 955
Lifts: Press 285 - 300 - 310. Snatch 270- 280 - 290. Clean & Jerk 360 - 375 - 402 1/2* - 402 1/2*.
Clyde easily cleaned 402 1/2 for his third attempt and jerked the weight to arms length but could not hold it. He repeated the same on his extra fourth attempt. Clyde received the third Best Lifter Award - Paul Anderson was first, followed by John Davis. Clyde defeated the many time World and Olympic Champion Stan Stanczyk for the 198 Class title.

(1956) - Clyde cleans 415 in training and also jerked 403 lbs. at a bodyweight of 197.

October 7, 1956 - Eastern Olympic Tryouts - Cleveland, OH - First Place - 198 Class - BWT 195 3/4
300 - 270 - 350 = 920
October 27, 1956 - Olympic Final Weightlifting Tryouts - San Jose, CA - Second Place - 198 Class - BWT 196 1/2
300 - 285 - 385 = 970
Dave Sheppard narrowly defeated Clyde with a 900 total.

March 30, 1957 - Illinois Area Y.M.C.A. State Championships - Aurora, YMCA - Chicago, IL - First Place - Heavyweight Class - BWT 200 1/4
300 - 290 - 400* = 990
World and American Record in the 198 Class. At the reweighing after the 400 lb. clean & jerk, Clyde Emrich was found to weigh 197 lbs. The previous record was held by Norbert Schemansky at 399 lbs. Emrich was the first middle-heavyweight to officially clean & jerk 400 pounds.

April 3, 1957 - Central Illinois A.A.U. Championship - Oak Park YMCA - Chicago, IL First Place - Heavyweight Class - BWT 201
300 - 270 - 405* = 975
New World and American Record in the 198 Class. After the lift was completed, the bar was weighed at 409 lbs. Clyde was then weighed and found to make the limit (198). This lift was made at 12:30 AM. The IWF recognized the clean & jerk record as weighing 407 3/4.

June 23, 1957 - Senior National Weightlifting Championships - Daytona Beach, FL - First Place - 198 Class
290 - 270 - 350 = 910
Lifts: Press 275 - 290 - 300. Snatch 250 - 260 - 270. Clean & Jerk 350 - 350 - 415.
Emrich had a severe shoulder sprain in his right deltoid, which brought down his lifts considerably. This occurred three weeks before the contest, nevertheless, Clyde was able to easily clean 415 lbs. on his third attempt, and almost hold the jerk.

(1958) Due to his shoulder injury, Clyde missed all of the 1958 lifting season.

April 26, 1959 - Mid-States A.A.U Weightlifting Championships - Whiting, IN - First Place - 198 Class
300 - 280 - 360 = 940

August 01, 1959 - Senior National Weightlifting Championships - York, PA - First Place - 198 Class - BWT 196
290 - 285 - 370 = 945
Lifts: Press 290 - 300 -300. Snatch 270 - 285 - 290. Clean & Jerk 360 - 370 - 410
Clyde made the Pan American team. Clyde used the split snatch during the Seniors instead of his usual squat style.

August 30, 1959 - 3rd Pan American Games - Chicago, IL - Gold Medal - 198 Class - BWT 198
297 1/2* - 281* - 374 3/4* = 953 1/4*
Lifts: Press 286 1/2 - 297 1/2 - 297 1/2. Snatch 270 - 281 - 292. Clean & Jerk 352 1/2 - 374 3/4 - 374 3/4 - 413 1/4.
*New Pan American Records

(1959) Clyde Emrich would have competed in the World Championships, but he could not leave his job for that length of time. John Pulskamp took his place on the team.

March 1960 - 23rd Illinois State Weightlifting Championships - Chicago, IL - First Place - 198 Class
315 - 290 - 395 = 1000

June 12, 1960 - Senior Nationals and Olympic Tryouts - Cleveland, OH - Failed to total - 198 Class
315 Press, 290 Snatch, missed all Clean & Jerks.
Lifts: Press 305 - 315 - 315. Snatch 275 - 290 - 290. Clean & Jerk 375 - 375 - 385.
John Pulskamp won the 198 Class with a 990 total. Clyde was named alternate to the Olympic Team.

January 22, 1961 - 31st Central A.A.U. Senior Weightlifting Championships - Duncan YMCA - Chicago, IL - First Place - 198 Class
308 1/2 - 292 - 402 1/4 = 1002 3/4
Best Lifter Award - Clyde Emrich.

March 19, 1961 - 24th Illinois State A.A.U. Weightlifting Championships - Memorial YMCA - Chicago, IL - First Place - 198 Class
310 - 300* - 360 = 970
*New State Record
Outstanding Lifter Clyde Emrich.

(1960) Clyde's Clean & Jerk Record of 407 3/4 was broken by Palinski of Poland with 408 3/4 lbs. (185.5 kg), June 26, 1960

January 21, 1962 - 32nd Central A.A.U. Senior Weightlifting Championships - Duncan Y.M.C.A. - Chicago, IL - First Place - 198 Class
315 - 280 - 350 = 945
Best Lifter Award - Clyde Emrich.

February 25, 1962 - Chicago Metropolitan YMCA City Championships - Irvin Park Y.M.C.A. - Chicago, IL - First Place - 198 Class
320 - 280 - 380 = 980

March 25, 1962 - 25th Illinois State A.A.U. Weightlifting Championships - Chicago, IL - First Place - 198 Class
305 - 300 - 360 = 965

June 03, 1962 - Senior National Weightlifting Championships - Detriot, MI - Failed tp Total - 198 Class
Clyde failed with all his presses with 295 - 310 - 310

August 1962 - Clyde was ranked 15th Best All Time 198 lb. Lifter in the world with his 1002 3/4 Total by Oscar State, Secretary of the IWF. The top Ranked Lifter of 1962 was Louis Martin (England) 1057 3/4 Total.

January 20, 1963 - Central A.A.U. Senior Weightlifting Championships - Duncan Y.M.C.A. - Chicago, IL - First Place - 198 Class
315 - 295 - 390 = 1000
Clyde cleaned a World Record 420, but missed the jerk.

February 24, 1963 - YMCA Chicago City Championships - Chicago, IL - First Place - 198 Class
315 - 295 - 400 = 1010
Clyde's total was very close to the American record help by Dave Sheppard (1958) of 1014 lbs.

March 24, 1963 - Illinois State A.A.U. Weightlifting Championships - Chicago, IL - First Place - 198 Class
295 - 295 - 360 = 950
Best Lifter Award - Clyde Emrich.

April 06, 1963 - Illinois State Y.M.C.A. Weightlifting Championships - Chicago, IL - First Place - 198 Class
305 - 275 - 380* = 960
*Illinois State YMCA Record
Best Lifter Award - Clyde Emrich

June 28, 1963 - Senior National Weightlifting Championships - Harrisburg, PA - Third Place - 198 Class
295 - 280 - 360 = 935
Lifts: Press 295 - 295 - 305. Snatch 280 - 280 - 280. Clean & Jerk 360 - 360 - 385.
The 198 Class was won by Bill March with a 1000 pound total. Ken Rose came in second with a 955 total.

July 27, 1963 - Chicago Senior Outdoor Open Weightlifting Championships - Chicago, IL - First Place - 198 Class
300 - 280* - 350* = 930*
*New Chicago Outdoor Open Records.

October 26, 1963 - Peoria YMCA Open Weightlifting Meet - Peoria, IL - First Place - 198 Class
280 - 270 - 340 = 890

(1963) Clyde finished the second best 198 Class lifter in the USA with 1010 total. First place was William March with a 1014 total. February 1964 - Metropolitan YMCA Senior Weightlifting Championships - Chicago, IL - First Place - 198 Class
280 - 280 - 350 = 910

March 15, 1964 - Illinois State A.A.U. Weightlifting Championships - Chicago, IL - First Place - 198 Class
305 - 290 - 370 = 965
Best Lifter Award - Clyde Emrich.

June 14, 1964 - Senior National Weightlifting Championships - Chicago, IL - Second Place - 198 Class - BWT 196 1/2
310 - 290 - 380 =980
Lifts: Press 310. Snatch 280 - 290 - 300. Clean & Jerk 360 - 380 - 410.
Clyde easily cleaned 410, only to miss the jerk.

October 03, 1964 - 3rd Annual Illinois vs. Indiana All Star Weightlifting Championships - Riis Park - Chicago, IL - First Place - 198 Class
300 -280 - 360 = 940
Best Lifter Award - Clyde Emrich.

October 24, 1964 - Peoria Y.M.C.A. Open Weightlifting Meet - Peoria, IL - First Place - 198 Class
285 - 280 - 290 = 855

(1964) Clyde finished the year as the third best class lifter in the USA. First place was William march (1030); second place was Louis Riecke (1008); and Clyde Emrich came in third place (980)

January 1965 - 35th Central A.A.U. Senior Championships - Duncan YMCA - Chicago, IL - first Place - 198 Class - BWT 196
310 - 290 - 365 = 965
Clyde easily cleaned 400 lbs. but missed the jerk.
Outstanding Lifter Award - Clyde Emrich

March 21, 1965 - 28th Annual Illinois State A.A.U. Weightlifting Tournament - Isham Memorial YMCA - Chicago, IL - First Place - 198 Class
300 - 285 - 365 = 950
Outstanding Lifter Award - Clyde Emrich

January 30, 1966 - 36th Annual Central A.A.U. Senior Weightlifting Championships - Chicago, IL - First Place - 198 Class
303 - 192 - 363 3/4 = 958 3/4

February 27, 1966 - Chicago Metropolitan YMCA Senior Weightlifting Championship - Irvin Park, YMCA - Chicago, IL - First Place - 198 Class
292 - 292 - 391 = 975
Outstanding Lifter - Clyde Emrich

August 01, 1966 - Illinois Sports Council Olympic Championships - Chicago, IL - First Place - 198 Class
292 - 281* - 347 = 920
*New Panathlon Record
Outstanding lifter Award - Clyde Emrich.

October 22, 1966 - Peoria Y.M.C.A. Fifth Annual Open Weightlifting Meet - Peoria, IL - First Place - 198 Class
295 - 285 - 370 = 960

February 04, 1967 - Chicago, Variety & Strength Show - Duncan YMCA Chicago, IL - Third Place - 198 Class
310 - 280 - 350 = 930

October 21, 1967 - Peoria Y.M.C.A. Sixth Annual Open Lifting Meet - Peoria, IL - First Place - 198 Class
305* - 290* - 360 = 955*
*New Records - Outstanding Lifter

(1967) Phil Grippaldi Broke Emrich's American Record Clean & Jerk of 409 with 412 December 09, 1967 in the 198 Class. Emrich's record lasted over a decade. April 13, 1957 - 409 Emrich. December 09, 1967 - 412 Grippaldi.

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