ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO CONTEST REPORT: IFBB PRO WILLIAM BONAC WINS GOLDEN STATE GRAND PRIX PRO BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
By Admin | Sunday, August 3, 2014 10:45:48 PM America/New_York
The Scoop: Just Announced: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro William Bonac won the Open Division at the 2014 IFBB Golden State Grand Prix Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Sacramento, California. IFBB Pro Essa Obaid occupied 2nd place, and IFBB Pro Manuel Romero took 3rd place in the lineup. IFBB Pro Moe Bannout finished in 4th place, while IFBB Pro Jojo Ntiforo filled the 5th place slot.
The remaining field: IFBB Pro An Nguyen (6th), IFBB Pro Akim Williams (7th), IFBB Pro Toney Freeman (8th), Powerlifter, IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson (9th), IFBB Pro Manuel Lomeli (10th), IFBB Pro Charles Ray Arde (11th), IFBB Pro Kenneth Jackson (12th), IFBB Pro Santana Anderson (13th), IFBB Pro Brian Yersky (14th).
The "So What?": As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro Muscle Report," the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series Point System (1st automatic qualification, 2nd - 4 Points, 3rd - 3 Points, 4th - 2 Points, 5th - 1 Point) applies to IFBB Pro League athletes' eligibility to compete at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (September 18-21) in Las Vegas to contend with reigning Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath. The Golden State Grand Prix is a new contest on the IFBB Pro League schedule, not to be confused with the IFBB Sacramento Pro Championships -- which has not included a men's pro bodybuilding division as part of its event since 2011 and was won by Toney Freeman in 2009.
Andrew Oye's Verdict: Thus far, William Bonac has had an unpredictable career. He qualified for an IFBB Pro card at an NBBF event in 2010 but opted to decline pro status until after the Arnold Sports Festival's 2011 Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding Championships. With the exception of a 7th place finish at the 2014 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Brasil (won by IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo), Bonac has managed to place in the Top 6 in every contest, beginning in the 212 Division at the Europa Supershow (3rd), British Grand Prix (6th) and 2012 Prague Pro (4th), then jumping into the Open Division at the 2013 Prague Pro (5th), giving everyone a "good scare" at the 2014 Australia Pro Grand Prix (2nd) then nabbing this victory (his first pro win) in California. For a moment, it seemed he would be one of very few athletes with the luxury to pick and choose which division he wants to shine in; however, his physical gains may completely phase him out of the 212 Division (if they haven't already), and he has yet to get a reality check against Open Division competitors like Phil Heath, IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy"), IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf, and a few others.
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