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Jeff Rose of Molalla wins Feats of Strength title


The 33-year-old pipe-fitter won four of five events to win for the third time in seven months. Next up is the Oct. 4-5 NNorth American Strongman National Champinships in Reno.

Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY OF DEAN MUNSEY - Molalla's Jeff Rose (far right) stands alongside event promoter Dean Muncey and fellow competitors Dan Moore and Ben Crutcher after win the open heavyweight division at Saturday's Oregon State Feats of Strength in Redmond.Jeff Rose of Molalla is this year’s strongest man in two states.

After dominating two strongman competitions in Washington earlier this year, Rose won four of five events to clinch the open heavyweight division at Saturday’s Oregon State Feats of Strength competition in Redmond.

“It’s been my best year so far,” said Rose, who won the RABFitness Strongman Challenge in Kennewick, Wash., in February and then took top honors at the Washington’s Strongest Apple event in Des Moines in June.

“It’s pretty cool to be both Washington’s and Oregon’s strongest man,” he said. “It took a lot of hard work by a lot of people besides myself. My wife, Cecily, has been awesome through all of this.”

Rose, 33, said he would begin preparing immediately for the Oct. 4-5 North American Strongman National Championships in Reno, Nev.

“Eight weeks will go by very fast,” said Rose, a pipe-fitter for Northwest Natural Gas who trains at Molalla’s Cutting Edge Fitness. “Normally, for me to prep for a contest, it’s nine weeks -- eight weeks of heavy, heavy pushing, and then one week of light pushing the week before the contest.

“So, I have to go straight from a contest with basically no break to eight weeks of hard pushing.”

Saturday’s Feats of Strength event was held at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds and featured five events, beginning with a 760-pound yoke walk/455-pound sled drag. That was followed by a 265-pound clean and press, a 310-pound farmer’s walk/650-pound tire flip, a 360-pound Husafell stone carry, and a 342-pound Atlas stone over bar.

Rose’s wife posted videos of each event on her Facebook page.

The competition was held on a grass field, which the 6-foot-5, 330-pound Rose said made for tricky footing, especially in the clean and press, the one event in which he placed second.

“The overhead press was hard, because of the footing,” said Rose, who did four repetitions in 60 seconds. “If you watch the video, you can see on a lot of my lifts, once I get the weight up to my shoulders, then I actually step forward. That was because my feet were not steady and I was trying to find a solid spot.

“When you’re pushing that much weight up, the more solid, the better.”

Heading into the final event, Rose needed to hoist the Atlas stone over the bar four times in 60 seconds to seal the win. He did it seven times.

“Since I’m there, I just looked at it as practice,” he said. “I’ll just keep going until I’m tired. I won’t do it until I hurt, because I’ve already qualified for the North American national championships.”

Rose competed at the national championships in 2012 when he placed 17th out of 164 competitors. The top 15 finishers advanced to the world championships.

This year’s national championships will feature seven events contested over two days at the Circus Circus Reno Hotel & Casino.

“When I started this, it was just a hobby and just to have fun,” Rose said. “It’s kind of turned more serious than I ever thought it would.”

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