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WOLFORD TWINS WIN BIG, MESA RETAINS TITLE IN 2019 NPC BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2019 NPC National Bodybuilding Championships was highlighted by familiar faces dominating the show floor.

By Robert Balajadia

The annual NPC Bodybuilding Championships had the Sheraton Hotel rocking for a third year in row with a big crowd once again filling out the always lively event. 2018 Bikini Overall Champ Jeralyn Mesa retained her Overall Title in 2019 and twin brothers Trevor and Travis Wolford each grabbed Overall winners in their divisions to highlight the night.

Fans of the event, and local fitness fans in general, are familiar with the Wolford twins how serious they approach their training. Trevor was able to climb back to the top in 2019 as an Overall Winner in Men’s Classic Physique after winner the award last year, but having Travis win Overall in Men’s Bodybuilding proved a special moment for the wins.

“It’s really an awesome moment. It’s probably the best feeling ever, not only to compete with your brother, but your twin at that,” said Trevor.

“It’s more motivational too, working, training and dieting with [Trevor] and he knows how it is to compete so it’s really good,” said first time competitor Travis.

The competition field gets tougher each year and the Wolford’s expected a challenge, but their training with the Next Level Fitness team had them in their best versions come show time.

“We put in the same length of training, but we put in a lot more hard work coming out knowing that there was more competitors coming out and giving their best too,” added Travis.

The Men’s Physique Division saw a new winner in the overall as Ian Milan was able to bring in his first ever Overall winning Medal.

“I wasn’t overly confident, but I did have tunnel vision. I didn’t overlook the competition. I knew I was going against the top guys in the class… I soaked it all in, kept my composure, remembered what I was here to do and followed through,” said Milan.

Overall Winners

Mesa tops Bikini Division

It’s hard to believe that Jeralyn Mesa only started competing in this sport last year. In just her second year, she’s already gotten a tight hold of the always competitive Bikini Division by winning Overall for the second year in a row.

“As a returning competitor, I did feel a lot of pressure to look better than I did last year. But I did feel more mentally prepared as far as meal prepping, training and posing… I really try to train and prepare for the local level shows just as hard as I would for a stateside level show. My next goal is to try and achieve a Procard!,” said Mesa.

First year competitor Muneka Taisipic won her Division and Overall International, bringing her medal haul to two in her debut. Taisipic is no stranger to getting medals after winning Gold with the Guam National Volleyball Team last year in the Micro Games, but this sport did present challenges Taisipic wasn’t fully ready to handle at times. Regardless, she’s embraced the process and loves the reward.

“It’s a very rewarding experience given the time that I put into to working hard for this single goal and at the end, the reward is food so it’s even better… I don’t want to change anything as everything happens for a reason. I had to pull away from volleyball due to family reasons, but it opened up a new opportunity for me to start this new journey and I just went full force in it. And this process taught he a very big lesson which I’ll hold forever in my heart,” said Taisipic.

Full Results

NPC Men’s Bodybuilding  
Overall NPC Winner: #6 Travis Wolford

Lightweight
1st: #3 Donavin Ngirandgeboi
2nd: #57 Carmelo Miano 
3rd: #2 Jomey Ignacio

Middleweight 
1st: #6 Travis Wolford 
2nd: #4 Jaime Rodriguez

Heavyweight 
1st: #1 Kenneth Walker 
2nd: #5 Jason Lee Cruz 

International Men’s Bodybuilding 
Overall Winner: #51 Takeshi Okumura 

International (Lightweight Division) 
1st: #51 Takeshi Okumura 
2nd: #3 Donavin Ngirandgeboi 
3rd: # 57 Carmelo Miano 

International (Masters Division)
1st: #51 Takeshi Okumura 
2nd: #57 Carmelo Miano 
3rd: #4 Jaime Rodriguez 

International Women’s Fitness Exhibition
1st: #54 Hiroko Niwa
2nd: #55 Mitsuyo Suzuki

International Men’s Fitness Exhibition
1st: #50 Iwao Takada 

NPC Men’s Classic Physique
Overall NPC Winner: #16 Trevor Wolford 

Class A 
1st: #16 Trevor Wolford 
2nd: #7 Runnel Balecha 
3rd: #2 Jomey Ignacio 

Class B 
1st: #11 Pio Miguel Santos 
2nd: #10 Daniele Reyes 
3rd: #58 Travis Aguon  

Class C
1st: #1 Kenneth Walker 
2nd: #15 Jason Bean 
3rd: #13 Alexander Greiner 

NPC Bikini
Overall NPC Winner: #19 Jeralyn Mesa 

Class A 
1st: #19 Jeralyn Mesa 
2nd: #17 Jachele Saludo
3rd: #21 Ha’ane Keele 

Class B 
1st: #26 Marithir O’Connor
2nd: #24 Ava Ramos 
3rd: #25 Brittany Borja 

Class C 
1st: #28 Muneka Taisipic
2nd: #27 Tammie Gilmore 

International Bikini (Class C) 
Overall Winner: #28 Muneka Taisipic 
1st: #28 Muneka Taisipic 
2nd: #56 Mizuho Kuribayashi 
3rd: #27 Tammie Gilmore 

International Mix-Pair Bodybuilding Exhibition 
1st: #50 Iwao Takada & #55 Mitsuyo Suzuki 

NPC Men’s Physique 
Overall NPC Winner: #33 Ian Milan 

Class A
1st: #33 Ian Milan 
2nd: #31 Joewel Baisa
3rd: #32 Lucas Rebanal 

Class B 
1st: #42 Erickson Peregrind 
2nd: #39 Joshua Cantara 
3rd: #35 Masashi Asai 

Class C 
1st: #44 Rick Guevara
2nd: #12 Joel Tudela 
3rd: #43 Dennis Cruz 

Class D
1st: #47 Bryen Carbullido 
2nd: #46 Stephen James Meno 
3rd: #45 Caleb Hietpas 

International Men’s Physique (Class C)
Overall winner: #53 Takutoshi Saotome
1st: #53 Takutoshi Saotome 
2nd: #44 Rick Guevara
3rd: # 12 Joel Tudela 

NPC Women’s Figure (Class A)  
Overall NPC Winner: #49 Jaime Mendiola 
1st: #49 Jaime Mendiola
2nd: #48 Lucille Johnson 

International Women’s Figure/Body fitness
Overall winner: #49 Jaime Mendiola 
1st: #49 Jaime Mendiola 
2nd: #54 Hiroko Niwa 
3rd: #48 Lucille Johnson

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