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The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO CONTEST REPORT: IFBB PRO DALLAS MCCARVER WINS CALIFORNIA PRO BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS, EARNS FIRST IFBB PRO LEAGUE CAREER VICTORY AT INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF BODYBUILDING + FITNESS PROFESSIONAL DEBUT

The Item: IFBB Pro League Contest Results, Andrew Oye's Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Just Announced: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Dallas McCarver won 1st place at the inaugural 2015 IFBB California Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Culver City, California, earning the Tennessean his first victory in his professional bodybuilding career. Italy-based IFBB Pro Feras Saied secured the 2nd place runner-up position (his highest pro-contest placing so far). California-based IFBB Pro Brad Rowe reaped 3rd place, followed by another Cali resident, IFBB Pro Grigori Atoyan, in 4th place. IFBB Pro An Nguyen nabbed 5th place. Some of the remaining field of physiques: IFBB Pro K. Williams (6th), IFBB Pro Omar Deckard (8th), IFBB Pro Mark Byers, (9th) and IFBB Pro Adorthus Cherry, whose placing was offset by celebrating his birthday backstage -- with a cake (10th).

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 in Las Vegas, Nevada, to face reigning 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath. It was a weekend of debuts. The California Pro contest made its debut as part of the NPC California State Championships for amateur competitors. In addition to Dallas McCarver making his pro debut, the event was the pro debut for Mark Byers -- the 2008 NPC California Championships winner, who earned IFBB Pro card at the 2012 NPC Masters Nationals and once pursued a pro football career (with the Canadian Football League and National Football League NFL Detroit Lions).

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Dallas McCarver (24) was one the youngest American-born bodybuilders to earned his IFBB Pro card (at just 21 years old) by winning the Super-Heavyweight Class and Overall title at the 2012 IFBB North American Bodybuilding Championships. He may also be (one of) the youngest to win his pro debut contest in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness. At the 1987 NPC National Championships, now retired IFBB Pro Shawn Ray also earned his pro card at he age of 21; however, Phil Heath actually won his pro-debut contest, the 2006 Colorado Pro Championships, at 25 years old. While it is impressive to qualify for the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding" on his first attempt, it's unlikely his first time on the Olympia stage will yield a Sandow trophy. It's more likely McCarver's career path could mirror that of another youngster in the group of next-generation pros -- 26-year-old IFBB Pro Justin Compton, who placed relatively well (3rd place) his first time at the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships this year. The Arnold Classic franchise is known to put newcomers on the map before they dominate "The O."

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