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!
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