2021 WASHINGTON DC REGIONAL SERIES
Renato Villegas Wins the 2021 Washington D.C. Regional Series
Earns title, “Best Bricklayer in Washington D.C.”
Herndon, VA – Mason Renato Villegas along with his mason tender Jose Majano with Telligent Masonry in Rockville, MD teamed up to win the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Washington D.C. Regional Series. Villegas laid 349 brick, after deductions, in one hour to beat out 8 other local masons, officially winning his shot to compete on the biggest stage in masonry, the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship, in Las Vegas at the World of Concrete Expo in January 2022.
This is the first ever qualification for Villegas, and he plans to work hard before Vegas to increase his brick total, knowing 349 won’t likely won’t be enough to win it all. When asked about his performance in D.C., Villages simply said, “we could have done a lot better.”
To qualify for the World Championship, hundreds of teams from across North America will battle to win one of 20 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 tallest 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,” and/or SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN.
Villegas and Majano walked away with $700 and a free ticket to Las Vegas for their efforts in Washington D.C. 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 Marshalltown tool bag and ceremonial trowel.
Second place and SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN went to mason James Currier and mason tender Alexis Urbina of Top Notch Masonry in Norfolk, VA with a brick count of 324. For their efforts, the masonry team won $950, a Stabila level and a Marshalltown tool bag and ceremonial trowel.
Third place went to mason Michael Hudgins and mason tender Ryan Hudgins of Artisan Masonry in Chesapeake, VA with a brick count of 254, for their efforts, the team took home $400.
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 WASHINGTON D.C. REGIONAL RESULTS
|1ST PLACE||RENATO VILLEGAS||JOSE MAJANO||TELLIGENT MASONRY||ROCKVILLE, MD||349 BRICK||$700|
|TOP CRAFTSMAN||JAMES CURRIER||ALEXIS URBINA||TOP NOTCH MASONRY||NORFOLK, VA||324 BRICK||$500|
|2ND PLACE||JAMES CURRIER||ALEXIS URBINA||TOP NOTCH MASONRY||NORFOLK, VA||324 BRICK||$450|
|3RD PLACE||MICHAEL HUDGINS||RYAN HUDGINS||ARTISAN MASONRY||CHESAPEAKE, VA||354 BRICK||$400|
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!