The American Bouldering Society’s 16th installment of the National Bouldering Championships took place in Madison, Wisconsin.

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ABS16 Finals Poster

All of the action was live-streamed thanks to Louder Than 11. For the ninth year in a row, Daniel Woods and Alex Puccio held on to their national champion titles. Woods and Puccio were at the top of their game. The route-setting couldn’t have been better and the commentators gave excellent play by plays.

Alex Puccio in the finals Photo Screen shot from Live stream
Alex Puccio in the finals Photo Screen shot from Live stream

The biggest surprise of the weekend was men’s winner Mohammad Jafari Mahmodabadi. The oldest competitor at age 31, Mahmodabadi is an Iranian climber few had heard of before the comp.

More on Mahmodabadi

Mohammad Jafari Mahmodabadi was the only climber to complete Men's #3  Photo Screen shot from Live-Stream
Mohammad Jafari Mahmodabadi was the only climber to complete Men’s #3 Photo Screen shot from Live-Stream

Woods finished in second, but was the number one American. Last year, Puccio finished second after Julian Wurm, but again, was the number one American.

Alex Johnson finished in second and was climbing impressively well. She always puts on a great show and knows how to get the crowd going. To round off the women’s podium was rock star Angie Payne. Despite being the oldest in her category, she crushed in the finals round. In fourth was Megan Mascarenas who was looking super strong all night.

Women’s Results

Alex Johnson, Alex Puccio and Angie Payne on the podium Photo Scree shot from Live stream
Alex Johnson, Alex Puccio and Angie Payne on the podium Photo Scree shot from Live stream

For the men, Michael O’Rourke, who grew up in Chicago, finished in third. Next was Josh Larson who left everything on the wall.

Men’s Results

Daniel Woods, Mohammad Jafari Mahmodabadi and Michael O'Rourke on the podium  Photo Screen shot from Live stream
Daniel Woods, Mohammad Jafari Mahmodabadi and Michael O’Rourke on the podium Photo Screen shot from Live stream

ABS 16 was one of the best competitions of the year. There were upsets and surprises as some of America’s strongest boulderers gave their best.

Thanks to Louder Than 11 for bringing the action to people all around the world. Can’t wait till the next one.

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