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.
FIRST PLACE AND TOP CRAFTSMAN