SIOUX CITY | The weight of expectations didn’t bother Mason Cabney.
Cabney recently won the IPF World Powerlifting Championship in the 163-pound raw junior division in Minsk, Belarus last week. He lifted 546 pounds in the squat, 308 in the bench and 618 in the deadlift to lead the way in all three disciplines. His total of 1,472 pounds earned him the world title.
“For a while it didn’t really register and I don’t know if it still has but after all the years that is pretty much the biggest competition because it is sanctioned through IPF,” said Cabney, who noted there is not a powerlifting competition in the Olympics. “It just feels good. It is what I have been working for all of these years.”
That accomplishment would have easily made the long trip worthwhile, but Cabney also set a world record with his effort in the deadlift.
“Previously, I think the record was 606 (pounds) and we wanted to stay conservative so I did 618,” he said.
One other thing that made Cabney’s results so impressive was that he did basically all of it while injured.
“Right when I got in the hole for my second squat I strained my glut so I had to scratch my third (attempt),” he said. “I couldn’t take anything after my first.”
That meant he had to rely on just one lift in each discipline to be his counting score. Despite the injury, he won rather handily – about 30 pounds -- which was the expectation going in.
“I came in ranked No. 1 for juniors – and the junior age for IPF is 19 to 23 – so I was the youngest one by a couple of years,” he said. “I just worked as hard as possible to try to keep that up.”
The Sioux City East 2016 graduate, who is just four years into his powerlifting career, trains in Sioux City. He spent the last school year at Midland University where a powerlifting team was recently established.
It has been a meteoric rise for Cabney.
“I have just wanted this so bad and with my work ethic I just keep pushing through no matter what,” he said. “This is pretty much what I am made to do I feel like.”
The 19-year-old qualified for the world championships by winning a USA national title in Atlanta in October of last year. Competing in the 18- and 19-year-old division at the age of 18 at the time, Cabney easily overpowered the competition. He established a new team and junior squat and deadlift record as well as the team all-around total record in winning by about 60 pounds.
Now, Cabney is focusing on next year’s world championships in Canada and hopes to continue to progress as he eventually enters the open division at 24.
One thing he hopes to do besides his competitions is help others within the sport, something that was aided by his world championship.
“After the meet I got a bunch of messages asking if I could help with their progression or overall fitness journey,” he said. “That is great because that is what I always wanted to do and get some people into powerlifting.”