Turns out it was! In his own words:
Went 3 for 3 on squat. Per my coach’s advice, I stuck with relatively light weights and smoked all of them. 413 for my 3rd felt like nothing. My all PR is 425, so while it wasn’t a new record for me, it was reassuring to know that I have a lot more in me than that.For comparison purposes, here are the numbers from his last meet in October 2011:
Bench was good until it wasn’t, and even then it was really close. Opened with 231- easy as pie. 248 for my next attempt- easy. The problem began with the fact that the lifting order got all screwed up and nobody knew who was up. I ended up getting called up for my 3rd attempt without enough to prepare and was a bit shaken. Long story short, I fought with 259 and missed it at the lockout.
Deadlift was good. By that point I was pissed about my bench and just wanted to leave. Opened with 396- easy. Hit 424 next- easy, but not super easy. Instead of going for 451 like I had planned, I went with 440 instead and smoked it. It was faster than 396.
Unwilling to settle for 440, I went into the warm up room and pulled 451 for an unofficial 4th attempt and 15lb PR.
Squat: 330lbs -> 413lbs (83lb increase)His girlfriend Sarah went along for moral support for Mike and to get some photos and video for me.
Bench: 220lbs -> 248 (28lb increase)
Dead: 419lbs -> 451 (32 lbs increase)
Here is his squat:
Here is his unofficial fourth attempt at the deadlift for a 15-pound PR:
And here he is receiving (and eating?) his medal for winning the collegiate division for the 220 weight class:
Nicely done, Mike!