2021 OKLAHOMA REGIONAL SERIES
Leif Rents Wins the 2021 Oklahoma Regional Series
Earns title, “Oklahoma’s Best Bricklayer.”
Oklahoma City, OK – He laid 571 bricks in only one hour! Leif Reints and mason tender Calvin Bean with Reints Masonry in Wyandotte, OK teamed up to earn the title, “Oklahoma’s Best Bricklayer.” Reints and Bean beat out 8 other local teams, officially winning their shot to compete on the biggest stage in masonry, the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500, in Las Vegas at the World of Concrete Expo in January 2022.
This marks the 7th qualification for Reints, having won the World Champion title in 2012 and the SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN title in 2018. However, he wasn’t sure he would be able to compete in the 2021 Oklahoma Regional Series, signing up only three days before the event. “I feel pretty good considering I didn’t know I would be doing this. I normally would have practiced, but this time I just drank a ton of water and tried to work out a little before getting started. I thought I would be more sore, honestly,” said Reints.
To qualify for the World Championship, hundreds of teams from across North America will battle to win one of 22 individual regional series events, proving they belong on the national stage. Each team, consisting of one mason and one mason tender, will be given an hour to build the largest and best 26-foot-long brick wall they can, with as few errors as possible. One winning team from each region will advance to compete for over $125,000 in cash and prizes (including a new Ford F-250 4×4 Truck, Kubota RTV-X1140) and the title, “World’s Best Bricklayer.”
Reints and Bean walked away with $600 and a free ticket to Las Vegas for their efforts. The national sponsorship team added more goodies to the prize pool, including a $200 gift certificate from Ford, $200 gift certificate from Blaklader, Stabila levels, and a loaded Marshalltown tool bag and ceremonial trowel.
Second place and the SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN award, which goes to the mason with the “most-sellable” wall, went to last year’s regional champion, mason Carlos Hernandez and mason tender Juan De Lara of CIA Masonry in Paul’s Valley, OK. Hernandez fell just shy of qualifying for a second time, laying 567 brick, only 4 brick shy of Reints. For their efforts, Hernandez and De Lara took home a combined $900, a Stabila level, a Marshalltown tool bag and ceremonial trowel.
Third place went to mason Terry Watson and mason tender Jack Easley of Watson Masonry in Norman, OK with a brick count of 481, for their efforts, the team took home $300.
With workforce development being the primary battle cry for the skilled trades, the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 is a tool designed to create interest from a new generation of masons in the rewards and opportunities possible in masonry and construction.
The 20th annual SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship will be held January 19th, 2022 at the World of Concrete expo in Las Vegas. Prizes total more than $125,000 and include a new Ford F-250 4×4 Super Duty truck, Kubota RTV-X1140, Multiquip Mortar Mixer, and other prizes from IQ Power Tools, Stabila, Marshalltown, STIHL, Blaklader, Iron Age Footwear and Belden Brick.
2021 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 OKLAHOMA REGIONAL RESULTS
|1ST PLACE||LEIF REINTS||CALVIN BEAN||REINTS MASONRY||WYANDOTTE, OK||571 BRICK||$600|
|TOP CRAFTSMAN||CARLOS HERNANDEZ||JUAN DE LARA||CIA MASONRY||PAUL'S VALLEY, OK||567 BRICK||$500|
|2ND PLACE||CARLOS HERNANDEZ||JUAN DE LARA||CIA MASONRY||PAUL'S VALLEY, OK||567 BRICK||$400|
|3RD PLACE||TERRY WATSON||JACK EASLEY||WATSON MASONRY||NORMAN, OK||481 BRICK||$300|
ONE MORE CHANCE TO QUALIFY
The new Wild Card Challenge will send additional Regional Series competitors to Las Vegas for the World Championship! At the end of the regional season, the bricklayers that post the top adjusted brick counts could win a FREE ride to Vegas and chance at becoming the 2022 World’s Best Bricklayer!