OHIO REGIONAL

Cole Stamper Named “Ohio’s Best Bricklayer.”

Cleveland, OH – The best masons in Ohio came together to test their skill, speed and stamina by battling to see who could build the biggest and best 26-foot-tall 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..

Seven teams of masons and tenders lined the arena at St. Mary’s Cement Terminal in Cleveland ready to prove they’re the best craftsmen in Ohio. Mason Cole Stamper and mason tender Jeff Becker of Mason Structure in Lexington, KY took home top honors with a brick count of 705, winning a free trip to Las Vegas for the World Championship, a cash prize of $550, a Marshalltown tool bag, Stabila Level and the title, “Ohio’s Best Bricklayer.” The duo also won the coveted SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN prize, netted them an additional $500.

For the first time in the history of the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500, high school and post-secondary students were 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 day’s journeymen bricklaying battle. Ten students from the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Trade School tested their skill. Jr. mason Ryan Clark won first place for 1st year students, and Jr. mason Mike Roberts took first place for 2nd and 3rd year students.

2019 OHIO REGIONAL RESULTS

FIRST PLACE AND TOP CRAFTSMAN

MASON

Cole Stamper

TENDER

Jeff Becker

COMPANY

Mason Structure
Lexington, KY

BRICK COUNT

705

2ND PLACE

MASON

Emilio Dibra

TENDER

Charlie Cheatham

COMPANY

United Masonry
Bridgeport, OH
 
BRICK COUNT 

470

3RD PLACE

MASON

Tony Vaux

TENDER

Nick Mientkwicz

COMPANY

Meincorp Inc.
Cleveland, OH 

BRICK COUNT

400

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 4,000 spectators with thousands of live webcast viewers who tune in to watch this bricklayer battle.

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