2023 OHIO REGIONAL SERIES
Emilio Dibra Wins Ohio SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 Regional Competition!
Emilio Dibra claims “Ohio’s Best Bricklayer & Top Craftsman” titles!On August 5th, 2023, at Oberfields in Columbus, Ohio, mason Emilio Dibra and tender Charlie Cheatham with Unites Masonry took the first-place position at the SMBL500 Ohio Regional event. Now, for the second year in a row, they will move forward to compete in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the World of Concrete Tradeshow! Laying 645 bricks in 60 minutes with zero deductions, the Dibra-Cheatham team topped the competition with over a 200-brick margin above the second-place competitors. This team’s skills and speed won them the “Ohio’s Best Bricklayer” and “Spec Mix Top Craftsman” awards. The Top Craftsman award goes to the mason with the most-sellable wall; Emilio and Charlie had zero deductions from the judges, landing them their tickets to Vegas. For their efforts, this team was awarded $750 for first place and $650 for Top Craftsman, totaling $1,400 in cold hard cash! The 2023 Regional Series includes 23 events throughout the United States and Canada. To qualify for the SMBL500 event in Las Vegas, teams will compete at one of the 23 individual regionals and battle for first place to secure their spot in the national competition. The teams consist of one mason and one tender; working on a 26-foot-wide wall, they have 60 minutes to lay as much brick as possible with the fewest craftsmanship errors. These teams are only allowed to compete once at one regional throughout the year, and each duo that wins first place will advance to what is known as the “Superbowl of Masonry.” At the World Championship, they will compete to win part of $125,000 in cash in prizes, including a Kubota RTV-X1140, Essick Pro12 mixer, and of course, the title, “World’s Best Bricklayer.” The second-place winner at the Ohio Regional was mason Nick Brown and tender Dallas Looney with Browns Masonry, coming in with a brick count of 430, winning $650 in cash and a 2-foot Stabila Level. Lastly, the third-place winner was mason John Bingham and tender Andy Williams with D & B Masonry; with a brick count of 393, this team walked away with $550 in cash and a 2-foot Stabila Level.
In 2019, the SPEC MIX organization partnered with other masonry associations to create the JR. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Competition. In 2023, of the 23 Regional Series competitions, 15 will also hold a JR. BRICKLAYER 500 contest to allow high schoolers and masonry apprentices to compete for top honors and prizes. The program has proven remarkably successful and highly supported by the Mason Contractors Association of America, school administrators, and numerous masonry supply manufacturers and dealers. To learn more, visit https://www.specmix.com/jr-spec-mix-bricklayer-500/.
2024 World Championship: If you are interested in becoming a fan, the 22nd annual SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship will take place on January 24th, 2024, at the World of Concrete tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Las Vegas Convention Center Bronze Lot. At this competition, 25 world-class masons lay it all on the line to claim their portion of the total purse valued at more than $125,000. Prizes include a Kubota RTV-X1140, Multiquip Pro 12 Mortar Mixer. Additionally, there will be other prizes from Hilti, Hydromobile, IQ Power Tools, QUIKRETE Companies, Razor-Back Tools, Stabila, Marshalltown, STIHL, Hohmann & Barnard, and Belden Brick.
2023 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 OHIO REGIONAL RESULTS
|1ST PLACE||EMILIO DIBRA||CHARLIE CHEATHAM||UNITED MASONRY||WILLOUGHBY, OH||645 BRICKS||$750|
|TOP CRAFTSMAN||EMILIO DIBRA||CHARLIE CHEATHAM||UNITED MASONRY||WILLOUGHBY, OH||645 BRICKS||$650|
|2ND PLACE||NICK BROWN||DALLAS LONEY||BROWNS MASONRY||COLUMBUS, OH||430 BRICKS||$650|
|3RD PLACE||JOHN BINGHAM||ANDY WILLIAMS||D&B Masonry||GENEVA, OH||393 BRICKS||$550|
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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!