Huebschman wins Pan-Am masters again

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By Larry Goffinet

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Former Tell Citian Ray Huebschman repeated as champion in his weight class at the Pan-American Masters weightlifting competition July 11.

Huebschman, 63, weighs 187 pounds and competed in the age-60-64 94 kilogram (208 pounds) and under division.

He lifted 61 kilograms (134 pounds) snatch and 87 kilograms (192 pounds) clean and jerk.

He won the competition for the second year in a row after his previous highest finish was second place in 2004.

Huebschman is a 1962 graduate of Tell City High School but did not play any sports there.

After high school he went to Evansville College (now the University of Evansville), where he made the swim team and also got into weightlifting.

"I discovered those were two sports where short people could be successful," he said Tuesday.

After graduation from college, Huebschman moved to Illinois and eventually to Atlanta, where he is now a professor of psychology at Georgia Perimeter College.

But "I still consider Tell City home," he said. "I lived there longer than I've lived anywhere else and I still get back there about every weekend. "My mom (Elsie Huebschman) is in the Oakwood nursing home there and I take care of her house in Tell City."

Huebschman's next major competition will be the American Masters in Savannah, Ga., in November.