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Bill DiCioccio

Strongman / Weightlifter ∙ Aliquippa

Bill DiCioccio entered weightlifting in 1958 after an early career in amateur boxing with the Aliquippa CIO team. In 1957 he competed in the Pittsburgh Dapper Dan Golden Gloves tournament and won three of his four bouts to finish as runner up in his class. After three years boxing under Coach Eddie Yarosz, Bill switched to weightlifting and won the novice event in Pittsburgh in 1960. That was the start of a fine career that saw him win the coveted All Around Lifter of the Decade in 1960-1970 in the Allegheny Mountain Association. Bill competed in the 198 pound weight class. In 1962 Bill won the AMA Senior Weightlifting Championship. Bill's 30 years in the sport have won him many honors including a world title. He became National Champion in his division when he won the National Masters All Around Weightlifting Championships in Philadelphia on July 12, 1988. He was the first American lifter to complete 24 perfect attempts in the national meet and his eight new national records included a 1000 pound hip lift. The highlight of Billís career was winning the World and National Masters Championships at Victorville, California, in 1980. He won first place in both the national and world competitions in powerlifting in that meet at age 40 and placed second in the national competition the next year. Bill played an instrumental part in the development of the Ambridge VFL Barbell Club and has held offices of secretary-treasurer, vice president, and president in the organization. He has also traveled around the United States to compete in the Masters Weightlifting and Powerlifting program. Bill was a member of five Ambridge VFW Barbell Club national championship teams and two world championship teams.