Ridlen earns three medals at Cornhusker Games
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Dave Ridlen has been power lifting since high school and it showed at the recent Cornhusker State Games. The 2003 Chase County High School graduate took first place in the male raw power lifting, the male raw bench press and the male raw push and pull.
Ridlen, who works at Rowley Welding in Imperial, said this is the first meet he’s competed in since winning the 2010 National Bench Press Championship.
After that he was injured and left competition for awhile. This was the first time he competed at Cornhusker State Games, which concluded Sunday with action in 14 sports.
In the male raw power lifting, Ridlen squatted 538 pounds, bench pressed 502 pounds and dead lifted 590 pounds for a total of 1,630 pounds.
His bench press of 502 pounds earned him first in the male raw bench press category, while his 590 pounds in the dead lift earned him first in the push and pull.
There were 13,446 participants in the 2014 games, an increase of more than 1,100 over 2013.
Baseball was the largest sport, followed by soccer, volleyball, softball and basketball.
The largest individual-entry events were track and field, walk events, swimming, Energy 5K run and triathlon.