About Us

For the past 22 years, our BATTLE of the GREAT LAKES and BIG K's OHIO CUP

(Formerly The Pete Lanzi Memorial) have been the premier meets in Ohio.  

What makes our meets the biggest and the best you might ask?  We pride

ourselves in making the lifter our top priority.  

There isn't anything we won't do for our lifters.  

 

 

THE RUNNING OF THE MEET

A 2 - 4 Platform Meet if Needed

KILO SETS and ER-RACKS on every platform

Enormous Warm-Up Area with 5 Racks, Benches and Platforms

State - National and International Officials at ALL Meets

NEW COMPUTER SOFTWARE to speed up meet and awards

Our Outstanding Lifter BIG BREAKFAST

Unbelievable Concessions Stand All Day Long

Multiple Vendors

On Site Massage

THE LOCATION OF THE MEET

Location is the Key.  We are right smack-dab in the middle of Cleveland and

Canton Ohio.  You are 20 minutes from downtown Cleveland, The Rock & Roll Hall

of Fame and The Flats.  If you want to take in a game our NBA MVP LeBron James and the World Champion Cleveland Cavaliers are sure to provide you with excitement.  Heading South you are 15 minutes away from The Pro Football Hall of Fame and rich tradition of Canton and Massillon.  

OUR AWARDS

Samurai Sword - Big K's Ohio Cup

Conan The Barbarian Best Lifter Swords - Battle of the Great Lakes

Incredible awards - Top 3 Competitors in "ALL" Wt. Classes/Divisions

FREE Meet T-Shirt to "ALL" Lifters

What People Are Saying

— Dylan Webb

12.15.16

"Thank you for putting on such a great meet for everybody! I am looking forward to the battle of the great lakes in April.  On a personal note, I thought that it was really cool how you pointed out the amazing father/son relationship that took place between those two competing at your meet. I was crushed to hear that about your father-life definitely isn't fair sometimes, but I am sure that he is extremely proud of you for what you are doing right now. Keep up the great work and keep on putting on these kick ass meets for us man! We all had a great time, and we can't wait to see you all again!"

               GARY "BIG K" KANAGA

 

CO-MEET DIRECTOR

USPA NATIONAL OFFICIAL

The Battle of Great Lakes (22 Years)

Big K's Ohio Cup  (13 Years)

The Pete Lanzi Memorial (6 Years)

USAPL Bench Nationals (1 Year)

USAPL Women's National  (1 Year)

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

28 Year Ohio Teacher (Retired)

31 Year High School Football Coach

31 Year High School Wrestling Coach

5 Year Collegiate Wrestling Coach

2 Year coaching internship with the Cleveland Browns

2 Year Assistant Strength Coach with Cleveland Browns

Multiple USAPL, AAU and NASA State and National Bench Press Champion

BEST BENCH 490 @ 198 & 505 @ 220

25 Year Owner and Operator of Big K's Gym & Fitness

33 Year Personal Trainer

27 Year Owner and Operator of "Tournaments Done Right"

               MARISA ANN KANAGA

 

CO-MEET DIRECTOR

USPA NATIONAL OFFICIAL

The Battle of the Great Lakes (3 Years)

Big K's Ohio Cup  (2 Year)

Live Large Mid Summer Classic (2 Years)

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Battle of the Great Lakes Champion

Dawg Days Powerlifting Champion

Best Squat 405

Best Bench 175

Best Deadlift 410

               CHRIS "SMITTY" SMITH

 

USPA OHIO STATE CHAIR

USPA NATIONAL OFFICIAL

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Owner and Operator EATON BARBELL

United State Marine Corps 1988-1992

Golf War Veteran

Corrections Sgt. Preble Co. Sheriff's Office

Bench Press Specialist

BEST BENCH 730 lbs @ 220 & 755 @ 242

               JOHN LANZI

 

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

HALL OF FAME MEMBER

The Battle of the Great Lakes (20 Years)

Big K's Ohio Cup  (13 Years)

The Pete Lanzi Memorial (6 Years)

USAPL Bench Nationals (1 Year)

USAPL Women's National  (1 Year)

"When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe,

THEN YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL!"

© 2023 by Gary "BIG K" Kanaga.