The NANBF Natural Pittsburgh 2014
¬Dean Tortorice & Dean’s Fitness Center of Murrysville, P.a., presented the Natural Pittsburgh Bodybuilding and Physique competition at Franklin Regional High School on April 26, 2014.
Franklin Regional High School, was recently the scene of multiple stabbings on April 9, leaving the perpetrator, a sophomore student facing 21 counts of attempted homicide.
Two contestants in the show were students of Franklin Regional Kyle Berk and Justin Katonak. Kyle Berk, one of the students a 17-year-old junior at the high school, was a competitor at the show for the first time. He was a wrestler on the WPIAL and State championship wrestling team for Franklin Regional a few months earlier.
“My uncle was a bodybuilder, so he inspired me,” said Berk. “I have been training every day getting ready for this competition.”
Berk said the stabbings took his mind off of the competition, but ultimately, as the community grew stronger, so did he and he regained his focus. He learned about the show through being part of the wrestling team, who benefits from the proceeds of the show every year.
Between the years of 1982 through 1985, Tortorice competed in several bodybuilding shows in P.a. and realized there was a need for a Drug-Free natural show to inspire athletes and to educate them of the dangers associated with the use of anabolic steroids.
Tortorice explained the Mr. Westmoreland contest, which was one of the most popular bodybuilding competitions often referred to as the grand dad of natural bodybuilding, was where he first learned the danger of steroids.
In 1984, a man named Daniel Baroudi of Westmoreland County, Pa., was the first death recognized to be caused by the use of steroids. His death led Tortorice on a quest for a natural, healthy lifestyle. He wanted the competition to be less about fame, which sometimes causes people to make bad choices in order to get ahead, and more about being true to one’s self.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, steroids can lead to serious health problems that may not be reversible. The major malfunctions the body could have are cancer, kidney impairment or failure, liver damage and cardiovascular problems.
Initially, Tortorice planned to be in the Mr. Westmoreland contest, however when the director pulled out because of Baroudi’s death, Tortorice stepped in.
“I had a state police polygrapher come and do the first show to test all contestants,” said Tortorice.
Following his beliefs, he continued to coordinate all natural shows and eventually teamed up with the ANBC in 1985, the NGA in 2004 and the NANBF (North American Natural Bodybuilding Federation) and sanctioned the competitions through them.
Tortorice, the event promoter, was celebrating the 25th anniversary of the natural Pittsburgh
Body Building/Figure/Physique competition. It is the longest running tested Natural Competition in the country.
Tortorice and his staff have run over 40 natural competitions. The NANBF representatives were on hand for this event as Pro Naturals Katy Wayman White and Herb Cables presented Tortorice with an award for his hard work and effort in promoting Natural Bodybuilding with the North American Natural Bodybuilding Federation and his lifelong dedication to the drug-free lifestyle.
The show’s popularity has solidified and this year 65 people competed for the chance to turn Pro and to continue on to compete in professional competitions. All contestants must be polygraphed before taking stage and each winning contestant is subject to a urine test after to ensure no drugs are in their system.
Five contestants were able to secure a Pro Qualifier card by taking part in the competition.
Kim Skillings, 58, won Men’s Overall, guaranteeing him a Pro Qualifier card. The Natural Pittsburgh was his first competition ever. Lifting is a hobby and passion of Skillings and he said his friends from the gym convinced him to enter the show.
“If I don’t go to the gym it’s like not going to sleep,” said Skillings.
Tortorice greatly appreciated Skillings’ participation in the competition.
“Mr. Skillings is a tribute to the Natural Bodybuilding Lifestyle,” said Tortorice. “Anyone who knows him or who saw this competition would agree.”
Melanie Denny, 39, won the Women’s Overall Figure Division, awarding her a Pro Qualifier card as well. Married, and a mother of two, Denny disciplined herself with 4 a.m. workouts and managed her time while having a career as a social service director at Golden Living. This was Denny’s second year competing in this show.
“I just love fitness and I love working out,” said Denny.
Kyle Lilley also qualified for a Pro Card in the Men’s Physique Division. This was the second year for the men’s Physique and the first year for a pro card.
Anne Pfennigwerth, was granted her Pro Card in the Women’s Bodybuilding Division.
Vance Kaloz, 58, qualified for a Pro Card in the Men’s Master Division 40+. Kaloz has been competing since before the first Pittsburgh show back in the 80s. He has several titles adding to his accomplishments over the years, including the Natural Westmoreland, the Natural Pennsylvania, and the Natural Pittsburgh and competed in the Natural USA in the early 90s.
“This guy is always in shape year round and was helping out some of the younger bodybuilders backstage who were first new to the sport,” said Tortorice.
The Pittsburgh area has produced many top Natural Athletes in bodybuilding, figure and physique since the show’s inception in 1989.
“I’m looking forward for the show to grow even more and to continue to be a premier venue in the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas, and in Pennsylvania for Natural Athletes to compete in a fair, drug tested competition,” said Tortorice.
|FIGURE NOVICE||MENS MASTER (40+)||MENS GRANDMASTER (60+)|
|1. Melanie Denny||1. Vance Kaloz||1. Bill Burleigh|
|2. Jacquelyn Heffner||2. Philip Albenze||2. Mark Kuhn|
|3. Kerry Bean||3. Rich Daubner||3. Paul Costelnock|
|4. Amber Chaney||4. Willie Binion Jr.|
|5. Meghan Adams||MENS MASTER (50+)|
|MEN’S (35-39)||1. Kim Skillings|
|FIGURE OPEN (SHORT CLASS)||1. Ron Silvis||2. Vance Kaloz|
|1. Kerry Bean||2. Brandon Bateman||3. Joe Sharrow – Best Poser|
|2. Kristen Fink||4. Mark Kuhn|
|3. Nikki Kitzmiller||NOVICE MEN SHORT CLASS||5. Willie Binion Jr.|
|4. Jessica Wojtalik Brown||1. Kim Skillings|
|2. Sam Hall|
|FIGURE OPEN (TALL CLASS)||3. Andrew Bartosiewicz|
|1. Melanie Denny||4. John Brletic|
|2. Jacquelyn Heffner||5. Adam Martin|
|3. Amber Chaney|
|4. Tiffany Baldwin||NOVICE MEN TALL CLASS|
|5. Meghan Adams||1. Frank Cintineo – Best Poser|
|2. Travis Wojtalik|
|MEN’S PHYSIQUE NOVICE||3. Andrew Avon|
|1. Kyle Lilley||4. Donald McCoy|
|2. Julius Santosa||5. Brad Howard|
|3. Dale Leverton|
|4. Mitchul Wadsworth||MENS OPEN SHORT|
|1. Kim Skillings|
|MEN’S PHYSIQUE OPEN||2. Jacob Abels|
|1. Kyle Lilley||3. Wilson Brown|
|2. Julius Santosa||4. Ron Silvis|
|3. Travis Tolbert||5. Vance Kaloz|
|4. Dale Leverton|
|5. Ron Davenport||MENS OPEN MEDIUM|
|1. Jason Lipner – Best Poser|
|WOMEN’S MASTER BB 40+||2. Jason Burke|
|1. Anne Pfennigwerth||3. John Brletic|
|2. Kim Villani||4. Joe Sharrow|
|5. Andrew Bartosiewicz|
|WOMEN’S NOVICE BB|
|1. Anne Pfennigwerth||MENS OPEN TALL|
|2. Leah Badolato – Best Poser||1. Frank Cintineo|
|2. Jeffrey Bopp|
|WOMEN’S OPEN SHORT BB||3. Brandon Bateman|
|1. Katharine Davis – Best Poser||4. Eric Shriver|
|5. Donald McCoy Jr.|
|1. Brad Howard – Best Poser||Pittsburgh 2014 Champions Eligible For Pro-Card|
|2. Shawn Chaudhry||Melanie Denny – FIGURE|
|3. Kyle Berk||Anne Phennigwerth – WOMENS BB|
|4. Justin Katonak||Kyle Lilley – MEN’S PHYSIQUE OPEN|
|Vance Kaloz – MASTERS 40+|
|Kim Skillings – MEN’S OPEN BODYBUILDING|