Great news! Trey Cunningham, creator of Powerlifting1.com and PowerliftingHigh.com has accepted the invitation from the Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association (WHSPA) to attend the state championships on March 8 and 9 in Osceola, WI. Trey is looking forward to spending the weekend at the contest and I am excited to work with him – in Wisconsin.
Trey will be interviewing competitors and coaches while providing a contest report or two throughout the contest. Fantastic exposure for our youngest members, many who don’t know there are college scholarships for powerlifting. I am going to be learning more about this in the near future.
Train hard and stay warm,
WI USAPL State Chair
I got my start in lifting as a 7th grader when my older brother took me to the high school’s summer strength and conditioning program in Superior, WI to help me get faster and stronger for football. My freshmen year our high school got a new head football coach who was also a former powerlifter. I continued to strength train under his direction really getting hooked my freshmen year even though I wasn’t very strong and only weighed 115lbs. He created a club powerlifting team at our high school and I did my very first powerlifting meet my junior year in high school. My senior year in high school I took 2nd at the WI State high school powerlifting meet in the 181lb weight class with a 1200lb total.
I continued to lift in college but much of my focus was playing football for a year and baseball for 3 years at Carleton College. After making the decision to not play baseball my senior year in college I decided to switch my focus back on powerlifting. I did my first meet my senior year at the MN State Meet lifting raw and totaling 1405lb in the 220lb class. I continued to compete and put on weight and won my first national meet at the 2012 Raw Nationals in the 242lb weight class earning a spot on the world team for the 2013 IPF Raw Worlds. With the new weight classes I cut down to 231 and took 10th at worlds. 5 weeks later I had my best meet to date at the 2013 Raw Nationals totaling 1708lbs in the 231 class, taking 2nd place.
Powerlifting has meant a lot for me over the years for many reasons. Initially it started as it does for many people, a way to improve for sports. After college it became a way for me to still compete at a high level without having to be on a college program. Over the years I have met many people and created friendships with other lifters close to home, across the country and even around the world. I have been fortunate enough to have some success in this sport but at the same time it’s very humbling as there’s always someone out there stronger than you and there’s always more weight to put on the bar. I hope to compete and improve for years to come.
The Wisconsin State Open competition on January 18, 2014 was very successful. There were 98 competitors on three platforms with many crossing over into multiple competition categories. Traditional powerlifting (3 Lift) remains the most popular with bench press only second and push-pull coming into the USAPL Wisconsin scene.
We saw many great lifts, we watched many state and American records get broken, we bought 50/50 cash raffle tickets in hopes of winning half the pot, we played bingo, we learned the names of many competitors from the announcers and the screens displaying the Marksteiner program, we watched as teenagers approached the platform to reach new goals, we saw Master lifters hit fantastic numbers to show how it is done, we stayed to the end for awards. We forgot to wear our pedometers to log the many, many steps taken that day. It was quite a day. Countless great lifts on the platforms.
RG Lukow, Scott Schubert and the Whitnall High School Powerlifting Team were great hosts. The number of volunteers was fantastic with both team members and their parents working the contest. They are very pleased to have been a part of this event. Now they are returning their focus to hosting a Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association (WHSPA) regional contest on Feb. 8th with many team members competing. Good luck to this team as they work towards another WHSPA and USAPL national boys team titles to finish out the season.
2014 WI State Open Results
See you at the next Wisconsin USAPL contest!
WI USAPL State Chair
WI State Open Meet Director
There have been a few changes to the flight list since Tuesday, please see version three of the flight list.
Below is the link to the preliminary flight list for the 2014 WI State Open which is this Saturday, January 18th (meet details).
These will be finalized once all scorecards are processed after weigh-ins. The sooner all competitors go through weigh-ins, the sooner the scorekeeper can confirm the flights. Registration will be open at 6:45 am Saturday.
Update 2:00 pm
We have already had to make some changes to the flight list posted this morning so below is a link to an even more recent flight list
2014 State Open Flight List as of 1/15/2014, version 2