The Fastest Trowel on the Block Competition, hosted by the Mason Contractors Association of America, is a showcase of industry craftsmanship and a testament of both the speed and skill of our industry's workforce. Only those journeymen masons who have the skill, confidence and courage to face-off with the industry's best are invited to compete. This is a contest that also proves how important teamwork is in accomplishing a final product.

The competition will pit journeyman masons, accompanied by their favorite tender, against one another in a show of both speed and craftsmanship. Each contestant's goal is to complete as much of a 30 foot long wall as possible, using 8"x8"x16" CMU and the provided mortar in a twenty-minute heat. Contestants must have a high degree of workmanship using normal masonry practices and hand tools.

The contest promotes quality training and pride in workmanship among journeymen and contractors, as well as promoting the craftsmanship, speed and versatility of masonry systems and the masonry workforce. This contest also rewards and highlights the country's best mason journeymen for their hard work and dedication to the trade.


The Masonry Skills Challenge is a competition of masonry apprentices in first, second and third year skill levels. The contest is a showcase for skills training in the masonry industry, challenging winning apprentices from regional U.S. and foreign competitions to determine the top masonry apprentice at each level. The exciting competition spotlights our industry's finest young masons and focuses attention on careers in the masonry industry.

Contestants are divided by experience level, 'First Years' who are just entering the trade through 'Third Years' who are just about to enter the workforce as journeymen. Each level is given a project to build appropriate to their know-how.

The catch? The projects are a complete surprise!

Contestants must build their project without ever having seen the drawings. They haven't been able to practice, and they can't consult their instructor, employer or anyone else during the competition. They have three hours to complete their projects with the given materials.

Awards are presented to the top three apprentices in each skill level.

Oldcastle APG Adams Top Trowel Masonry Contest

Israel Bugarin
Level: 2
Columbus Career & College Academy
Whiteville NC

Leslie Maldonado
Level: 2
Columbus Career & College Academy
Whiteville NC

Madison Newton
Level: 2
Pender High
Burgaw NC

2023 Spec Mix Craftsmanship

Mario Hernandez
Ranch Masonry
Houston TX

2023 Spec Mix Bricklayer 500

Michael Schlund

Kowalski Masonry
Wausau WI

Tender: Aaron Kowalski

Scott Tuttle

Quik Trowell Masonry
Clearfield UT

Tender: Brian Tuttle

Luis Manuel Prado

Brazos Masonry
Waco TX

Tender: Eduardo Ramirez

2023 MCAA's Fastest Trowel on the Block

Gerardo Patlan

Adams Fence LLC
phoenix AZ

Tender: Roberto Patlan
Blocks: 135

Roberto Cimental

Arizona State Masonry
Phoenix AZ

Tender: Mark Diaz
Blocks: 129

Noe Martinez

Stone Cold Masonry
Phoenix AZ

Tender: Heriberto Mendoza
Blocks: 126

2023 Spec Mix Toughest Tender

Jeff Head

Foeste Masonry
Cape Girardeau MO

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2023 MCAA's Skills Challenge

Melvin Marroquin
Level: 1
Michigan BAC Training Center - Local 2
Detroit MI

Connor Murphy
Level: 1
RB Weatherman Masonry
Tulsa OK

Maurice Stringer
Level: 1
WaveCrest Masonry, Inc.
Inverness FL

Ryan Newton
Level: 2
Lampkin Masonry
Ballwin MO

John Synek
Level: 2
Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local #2NY/VT
Forestport NY

Jacob Horton
Level: 2
Tazewell TN

Christian Kluttz
Level: 3
Huntley Brothers Company, Inc.
Gold Hill NC

Garrick Manning
Level: 3
Kirk Brothers Masonry
Columbus OH

Douglas Stamper
Level: 3
BAC 4 IN/KY Apprenticeship
Demotte IN

2023 NC Skill USA Masonry

Israel Bugarin
Level: 1
Columbus Career & College Academy
Whiteville NC

Warren Jones
Level: 1
Jesse Carson High School - China Grove, NC
China Grove NC

O'Connor Leonard
Level: 1
West Rowan High School - Mount Ulla, NC
Mount Ulla NC

Annayeli Aguayo-Dionisio
Level: 2
Southeastern Community College - Whiteville, NC
Whiteville NC

Tahjameen Bowden
Level: 2
Montgomery Community College - Troy, NC
Troy NC

2022 State Fair Contest

Colter McGee
Level: 1
McGee Brothers

Cade Huntley
Level: 1
Huntley Brothers Inc.

Anderson Pruett
Level: 1
Helms Masonry Inc.

2022 SKILLS USA Masonry National

Anderson Pruett
Level: 1
West Rowan High School

Samuel Berryman
Level: 1
Berks CTC - East Campus

Ross Nye
Level: 1
Vanguard-Sentinel CTC-Sentinel Campus

Chris Parker
Level: 2
Resource Valley Construction Training Council, INC

Robert McKibben
Level: 2
Dallas College, North Lake Campus

Ryan Fallon
Level: 2
Williamson College of the Trades

2022 Sam McGee Memorial

Cade Huntley

Huntley Brothers Company

David Kluttz

Huntley Brothers Company

Childers Colson

Griffin Masonry