By Jonah Bronstein firstname.lastname@example.org
Niagara Gazette — Niagara Falls natives Aaron Newman and Lynette Maggard were among the big winners Saturday night at the Mr./Ms. Buffalo Championships held at the Niagara Falls Conference Center.
Newman, a coach at Catalyst Fitness in Cheektowaga former powerlifting and strongman competitor, won the overall Mr. Buffalo bodybuilding title.
Maggard, who now lives in Columbus, Ohio, won the overall Ms. Buffalo bikini championship.
“In a very competitive division where there were, I believe, close to 40 bikini competitors in the show, she simply brought the most complete package,” said Maggard’s coach, Ron Primerano.
Members of Niagara Falls-based Primerano Fitness accounted for 32 of the more than 150 competitors in the show, and 26 of them placed in the top five of their class.
Jermaine Rose, a former Niagara Falls High School and Buffalo State football standout, won the novice heavyweight and novice overall titles in his first National Physique Committee show.
“He was certainly the crowd favorite,” Primerano said. “In my personal opinion, and many others, he brought the most impressive physique that I’ve seen in years to the Mr. Buffalo.
“He was balanced from top to bottom, and so aesthetically pleasing” said Primerano, the 2011 overall Mr. Buffalo champion. “He came up short in the overall because he needs to be just a little bit more conditioned. Being a 100 percent natural athlete makes it a little hard for him to get the really dry, hard skin that shows the greatest definition under bright lighting.”
Jennifer Schott placed second in the figure tall division in her first NPC show, qualifying her to compete nationally over the next two years.
Samantha Stonebreaker placed second in the figure open short class in her first NPC show.
Joe Siluzzio placed second in the open middleweight division in his NPC debut. Siluzzio also won the overall title at last weekend’s National Muscle Association Can-Am championships at Nichols School.
Ryan Siluzzio placed third in the open middleweight class in his first NPC show.
Chris Gruarin, the former Niagara-Wheatfield, Niagara County Community College and Canisius College baseball standout, placed second in the open men’s physique tall class in his first NPC show.
Ben Salhany placed second in the men’s physique short class in his first NPC show.
Randy Martel placed second in the super-heavyweight division.
The 2014 Mr./Ms. Buffalo Championships was the first major physique competition held in Niagara Falls since the IFBB Niagara Falls Pro Invitational in 1995.
Primerano Fitness will host the NPC Battle at the Border national qualifying event Oct. 18 at Niagara Falls High School.