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ILLINOIS REGIONAL

Grzegorz Goral wins the title, ‘Illinois Best Bricklayer.’

Frankfort, IL – The best masons in Illinois came together to test their skill, speed and stamina by battling to see who could build the biggest and best 26-foot-long brick wall in one hour. The competition marked the second of 24 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Regional Series competitions to be held across North America in 2019. The winner of the each regional qualifies to compete in 2020 World Championship on February 5th, at the World of Concrete expo in Las Vegas.

Ten teams of masons and tenders lined the arena at Tri-State Cut Stone and Brick in Frankfort ready to prove they’re the best craftsmen in the region. Mason Grzegorz Goral and mason tender Stefan Majercak of Molloy Masonry in Chicago took home top honors with a brick count of 607, winning a free trip to Las Vegas for the World Championship, a cash prize of $700, a Marshalltown tool bag, Stabila Level and the title, “Illinois’ Best Bricklayer.” This is their first time qualifying for the World Championship. The duo also took home the SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN prize which goes to the team with the most “sellable wall,” earning them an extra $700.

2019 ILLINOIS REGIONAL RESULTS
FIRST PLACE AND TOP CRAFTSMAN

MASON

Grzegorz Goral

TENDER

Stefan Majercak

COMPANY

Molloy Masonry
Chicago, IL

BRICK COUNT

607
PRIZE AMOUNT

1st Place, $700 – TOP CRAFTSMAN, $700

2ND PLACE

MASON

Marty Marrs

TENDER

Tony Savant

COMPANY

Marrs Masonry
Terre Haute, IN
 
BRICK COUNT 

557

PRIZE AMOUNT

$400

3RD PLACE

MASON

Mark Saska

TENDER

Graddin Wachter

COMPANY

Adams Masonry
Dyer, IN

BRICK COUNT

471

PRIZE AMOUNT

$300


THE JR. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500®

Nine teams of post-secondary students from the District Council Training Center were also allowed to compete in their own competition designed specifically for their skill level. They were given 20 minutes to build an abbreviated version of the wall being constructed during the main event. Mason Fernando Verdin took home top honors with a brick count of 112, earning $150 for his efforts. Second Place went to David Sandoval with a brick count of 100, earning him $100. Third place went Nick Sechesan with a brick count of 91 brick, netting him $50 for his efforts.

The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® was established by SPEC MIX in 2003 to showcase the skill and craftsmanship of professional masons. It is featured as the headliner event of MASONRY MADNESS™ Day during the World of Concrete and recognized as the masonry industry’s premier bricklaying competition with a total purse estimated at $125,000 that annually awards the title, “World’s Best Bricklayer”. Each year there are a series of preliminary SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional Qualifying Events held throughout North America to determine who will compete in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship. The Championship finale draws as many as 6,000 spectators with thousands of live webcast viewers who tune in to watch this bricklayer battle.

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