Brandon Curry edges past Bonac

RESULTS: Brandon Curry edges past Bonac to win the 2019 Arnold Classic.

Brandon “The Prodigy” Curry, a veteran from Murfreesboro, Tenn., scored a stunning win over defending champion William Bonac to win the 31st Arnold Classic at the 2019 Arnold Sports Festival.

Curry, with his wife Brandy Leaver and four children in the audience, won the Arnold Classic for the first time. He also owns wins at the 2013 Arnold Classic Brasil and 2017 Arnold Classic Australia.

Curry received congratulations from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a check for $130,000, a Tony Nowak Official Champions Jacket, and the champion’s trophy from Carol Zawadzki of Midway Labs USA and Steve Slater of ROGUE Fitness.

Bonac, of the Netherlands, who won the 2018 Arnold Classic and finished fourth at the 2018 Mr. Olympia finished second. Curry received $75,000 and a medal from VPX Sports and Jan Tana. Bonac took home an additional $10,000 for Most Muscular.

In a surprise, Luke Sandoe of the United Kingdom, competing in the Arnold Classic for just the second time, finished third. He received a check for $50,000 and a medal from Europa Sports and Animal.

Cedric McMillan, the 2017 champion from Heath Springs, S.C., was fourth and received $30,000 and a medal from ALLMAX and Blackstone Labs.

Roelly Winklaar of the Netherlands finished fifth and received $15,000 from Rule One Protein / Rivalus and Pure Protein.

Steve Kuclo of Dallas, Texas was sixth received $10,000 from Ricart Automotive and Monster Energy / Muscle Monster.

Also competing and finishing seventh through 12th, respectively, were Rafael Brandao (Brasil), Josh Lenartowicz (Australia), Akim Williams (Pompton Lakes, N.J), Victor Martinez (New York, New York), Charles Dixon (Greenville, S.C) and Mikhail Volinkin (Uzbekistan). Lenartowicz received $10,000 for the Ed Corney Best Posing Award.

Judge’s scorecards and winner photos courtesy Arnold Sports Festival (Dave Emery)