Hercules has nothing on McNary graduate

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A 2009 McNary High School graduate stands a chance at becoming one of America’s strongest men after winning a major lightweight tournament in June. On June 13, Keizer native Graciano Rubio competed in the Odd Haugen Strength Classic at the San Jose Fit Expo. The contest featured five tests of strength including a farmer’s walk, yoke walk, log press, deadlift, and Mas wrestling. Rubio won four out of five events en route to a first place overall finish and became the newest Lightweight Pro Strongman. Rubio, 23, is a 2009 graduate of McNary and works as a CrossFit instructor in Gustine, Calif. “Now I’m just looking forward to competing against some of the best in the world,” Rubio said. The win at the tournament earned Rubio his pro card and an invitation to compete in the 2016 Arnold Amateur World Strongman Championship in Columbus, Ohio, against the world’s best lightweight strongman competitors. He’s already slated to compete in the America’s Strongest Man competition in October. “It’s exciting in a lot of ways, but I’m most excited to see people push boundaries. Compared to 10 years ago, people are doing things now that no one then would have believed possible. As soon as that happens, everyone is doing it. I’m excited to see those moments,” Rubio said. Rubio himself only began competing in...

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