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The best masons in Iowa came together to test their skill, speed and stamina by battling to see who could build the biggest and best 26-foot-tall brick wall in one hour. The competition marked the second of 24 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Regional Series competitions to be held across North America in 2019. The winner of the each regional qualifies to compete in 2020 World Championship on February 5th, at the World of Concrete expo in Las Vegas.


10 teams of masons and tenders lined the arena at TCC Materials in Vinton, IA ready to prove they’re the best craftsmen in their region. Mason Tommy Iezek and mason tender Angel Martinez of Maxson Masonry in West Branch, IA took home top honors with a brick count of 563, winning a free trip to Las Vegas for the World Championship, a cash prize of $700, a Marshalltown tool bag, Stabila Level and the title, “Iowa’s Best Bricklayer.” This is their first time qualifying for the World Championship. The duo also took home the award, SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN, which goes to the team with the “most sellable” wall. The additional honor netted them an additional $400.

Photos of the event

Video of the final minutes of building

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