Thanks in large part to its powerlifting prominence, Whitnall High School has been chosen to host the 2014 Wisconsin State Open Powerlifting Competition at 9 a.m. Jan. 18.
The sanctioned USA Powerlifting (USAPL) contest is expected to feature 115 of the finest men and women powerlifters in three events: a three-lift competition, bench press only and a push-pull challenge. The competition is open to athletes from around the country ages 14 and up.
In addition to competing against each other, lifters will attempt to break state American records and many will try to qualify for national level competitions held later this year.
“We are excited to host so many tremendous and dedicated athletes to our school for this competition,” Whitnall co-head powerlifting coach Scott Schubert said. “It will be a great learning opportunity for our own lifters, who have helped build Whitnall’s strong powerlifting reputation over the years.”
Under the guidance of Schubert and co-head coach and program founder RG Luckow, Whitnall has won three USAPL boys team national championships and five Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association Division 2 boys team state championships. In addition, Whitnall sophomore Lauren Lent, was the runner-up in last summer’s Sub-Junior World Powerlifting Championships.
Admission is $7, or $4 for children under
age 10, students with an ID or seniors 65 and older. Information regarding
registration, which closes Jan. 11, can be found at www.wiusapl.org.