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Send OSU Powerlifting to the World Stage

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Send OSU Powerlifting to the World Stage

Although founded in 2012, 2015-16 was the inaugural year of the Powerlifting Club being an official club sport here at Ohio State. With this unique privilege, the Powerlifting Club set it’s sights on the Collegiate National Championship held in Providence, Rhode Island. This championship, held every April, is where over 600 college athletes representing over 60 schools come together for a shot at claiming a years worth of bragging rights as the “strongest school in the country.”

After countless meetings and thousands of hours of training, 31 of OSU’s best lifters made the 12-hour drive to Rhode Island to show case their strength over 2 days of competition. After the dust had settled, OSU men’s team came in 2nd and OSU women’s team came in 4th. Overall, the team combined for a second place finish! The men’s second place finish was good enough to earn a bid to compete for the first ever IPF Collegiate World Cup held in Minsk, Belarus!

In order to truly understand the magnitude of this meet, it is important to understand just how elite IPF meets are. 99% of powerlifters will never have the chance to lift in an IPF meet, as they are reserved for the world’s best athletes. From a club standpoint, this is by far the largest stage we have ever been on. Furthermore, this is likely the largest stage any club sport from OSU has ever been on. We don’t take the task of representing Ohio State or the United States lightly!

OSU coach, John Downing, accepted the bid and selected the eight strongest pound for pound lifters to represent OSU Powerlifting at Worlds. Be on the look out for updates, which will include videos/bios of these eight so you can get a true understanding of just how important this competition is to each and every member!

The team will be traveling half way around the world in July and we want you to come along on this journey! Again, be on the lookout for updates as we post our story on here and we hope you will support us as we compete for a world championship in Belarus!

Make sure to check out the "updates" tab above to see what's currently going on! 

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$5 for 5kg

The smallest weight added can separate victory from defeat!


$10 for 10kg

In a game of numbers, 10kg makes a huge difference, just as $10 would from you!


$25 for 25kg

This isn't light weight anymore. A donation this size will start to turn heads, just as adding 25kg plates to a bar will.


$66 for our 66kg lifter

Alex McQuillen: The epitome of "big things come in small packages", Alex will quickly shut down anyone in a strength contest. He may be our lightest lifter, but he's definitely one of our strongest scorers. OSU powerlifting is depending on him, just as he's depending on your help!


$83 for our 83kg lifters

Josh Enmark and David Yeung: Both of these strong men are engineering graduate students with a tremendous passion for powerlifting. Helping to send the team to Belarus would bring more joy to them than a successfully defended dissertation.


$93 for our 93kg lifter

Sean Moser: Our club president, this monster on the platform is hungry to set some new World records! His last year with the OSU Powerlifting club, you can help send Sean off with the most amazing powerlifting meet experience ever!


$105 for our 105kg lifter

Steve Kearney: A.K.A. the Bull, Steve's adrenaline skyrockets when he hits the platform, and barbells crumble under his might! As the upcoming President of the club, Steve is looking to lead by example, and help his team take the number one spot on the world stage!


$120 for our 120kg+ lifters

Haakon Borstad and Danny Misencik: The biggest and the strongest. When these giants hit the platform, big weight is moved! Their love for powerlifting just barely edges out their love for food, and given the chance, they're ready to deliver on the big stage in Belarus!


Coach Level

Coach John Downing: A true role model, this man lives and breathes the sport of powerlifting! Through his guidance and intellect, he has constructed what is just the beginning of an epic team. He knows what this team can accomplish, and he asks for your donation to give this team the chance to prove it!


$1000 for 1000lb Club

The coveted 1000lb club; a HUGE milestone in powerlifting! Crossing this threshold puts you in a very limited club of strong, strong friends!

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