2017 Oklahoma State Championships of Weightlifting

Logo Final

Once again, this year’s State Championships will be held at the Cox Convention Center in conjunction with the Oklahoma Wellness and Fitness Expo on July 8th.

Registration is open and can be accessed here: 2017 State Registration

Registration deadline is June 24th.

Volunteers are much appreciated.  Sign up can be found here: Volunteer

There is an admission fee of $20 for all non-lifters.  Tickets can be purchased for $15 online by June 30th here:  Tickets


2016 Oklahoma State Championships of Weightlifting Results

Another successful state meet in the books.

This year’s meet featured 100 lifters over three platforms at the Cox Convention Center.  Due to the size and complexity of the meet, I was extremely worried going in.  Thanks to our volunteers and growing community support, it was probably the smoothest meet we’ve run so far.


2016 State Results

2016 State Records

Session 1 consisted of male youth and masters.  We had some pretty big lifts from our masters competitors.  I was most impressed with 71 year old Jim Napier’s 81kg snatch.  We had a lot of new faces in the youth division, which is good to see.  Returning youth competitors Murray Soodsma, Trent Littlejohn, Carson Cobb, and Braxton Byrd have shown exceptional improvement.

Session 2 featured our female lifters.  Growth in under 20 female participation has been stagnant with only 4 competitors in this age range.  We are seeing more competitors in the senior and masters divisions.  Again, senior 58kg, 63kg and 69kg are our most competitive female divisions.  Nothing as intense as last year’s battle in the 58kg division, though.  Best performance was, hands down, by newcomer Elam Hunter.  Lifting in the 63kg class, her opening attempts broke the current state records.  She finished with 80/103/183.

Session 3 was senior and junior male.  We had fewer competitors in the heavy range this year.  Most of the action was in the 85kg class with another intense battle between Lee Blanchard’s snatch and Eric Proe’s clean and jerk.  We also got to see some pretty big lifts in the 69kg class from Blake Barnes and 105+kg junior lifter, Nick Shironaka.

They just keep getting bigger and better. Many big lifts.  95 records broken. Thanks to all who competed and those that came in support. Big, big thanks to the volunteers and everyone that donated their equipment.

See ya next year,

Ryan Self

Oklahoma Weightlifting Committee Elections

So the OK LWC has been hastily forced into an election held by USAW.  We were not consulted at all in this process but it’s happening, regardless.  If you are an active USAW member, you should have gotten an email with a link to the voting website.  If you did not, check your spam folder.  If you still can’t find the email, contact Carissa Gump at usaw@usaweightlifting.com.  The email contains a special voting key so I can’t link you to the website.  You must be given one from USAW.  The election runs from June 15th to June 22nd.

If you do decide to vote, and I encourage you to do so, I hope you will think favorably of me as you evaluate the candidates.

I started Olympic Weightlifting about 7 years ago.  At that time, there were no meets being held in our state and the OK LWC was a defunct organization.  In 2011, Jeremy Rutledge and I took it upon ourselves to revive the organization and foster a thriving weightlifting community in Oklahoma.

Next month we’ll be hosting our 5th State Championships at the Cox Convention Center.  In February, the LWC ran a weightlifting booth in conjunction with the Bart and Nadia Sports Convention for the third year in a row.  Last year we hosted the USAW Junior National Championships at that very same convention.

My role in the LWC thus far has been very detail oriented.  I drafted the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of the organization.  I maintain our state records and archive all meet results.  For our state meets and other larger events I manage virtually all aspects of administration from setting up registration to paying for the trophies and everything in between.

As I look back at where we started from where we are now, I am very pleased with the progress we’ve made.  However, there are still goals I want to accomplish with this organization.  So I would appreciate your continued support for me as the vice-president of the Oklahoma Local Weightlifting Committee.


2016 Oklahoma State Championships of Weightlifting

Greetings.  Now that we’ve all seen Captain America: Civil War, we can begin to look forward to the next epic event of the summer.  The annual State Championship Meet.

Meet Logo

This year’s State Championships will be held at the Cox Convention Center on July 9th in conjunction with the Oklahoma Wellness and Fitness Expo.

You can register here: 2016 State Championships Registration

Once again, we will be needing the help of volunteers to pull this off.  You can sign up to help here: Volunteer Sign up.

The State Championship will follow the same format as last year.  We will have two platforms and run on a very similar schedule to be determined by athlete registration.  However, this year we are adding a new component to the State Meet, the team competition.  This is a bit of an experiment on our part and largely targeted at local Crossfit affiliates.  Teams are not required to be registered USAW clubs but team lifters are required to be members of USAW.  Teams shall consist of 2 men and 2 women for a total of 4 athletes.  There is a cap of 10 total teams in this competition.  Team scores will be calculated by the sum total of each team members Sinclair Total.  The team with the highest combined Sinclair Total shall be the victor.  Please contact me with any questions or issues.

I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention the one thing I’m most excited about.  Air conditioning.


Chickasha Meet Results (and some older news)

Salutations. I’d like to update everyone on the results from a small meet we hosted over the weekend as well as some older news you might find interesting.

Crossfit Dirty Alley Birthday Meet

Crossfit Dirty Alley hosted a meet small meet over the weekend to celebrate their one year anniversary. Meet results are below.

Chickasha Meet Results

Highlights from the meet include:

Sydney Beard sets new records for the youth 14-15 division, 63kg weight class with a 50kg snatch, a 60kg clean & jerk and a 110kg total. Youth nationals numbers aren’t out yet but this should be good enough for her to qualify.

Andrea Welsh improves her previous records in the masters 75kg class to 31kg snatch, 44kg clean & jerk, 75kg total.

Victor Vargas improves on the clean & jerk record he set earlier this year at state. The new record is a 103kg CJ in the 62kg class for both the senior and junior divisions.

Also, a slight improvement for 62kg masters athlete, Ray Harkness. He matched a previously held snatch record of 61kg but did so at a lower bodyweight.

Timothy Christopher set new records for the youth 16-17 division, 69kg class. 74kg snatch, 100kg clean & jerk, and 174kg total. He, too, looks good to qualify for youth nationals when the numbers are released.

Trent Littlejohn posted a decent total of 152kgs in the youth 14-15, 77kg class. This looks pretty good for youth nationals qualification.

Alex Skipper posts a 260kg total in the 94kg weight class which qualifies him for the American Open later this year in Reno, Nevada.

Crossfit Dirty Alley is a solid facility and we’re looking forward to the talent USAW coach Tyrone Tarbitt will be producing in the future.

2015 Oklahoma State Championships of Weightlifting

Our 4th state championship meet held on July 25th was the biggest and most successful to date.  We had 82 lifters register, four of whom had to pull out last minute.  But the 78 who did lift was by and far our biggest turnout ever.  To accommodate, we were basically forced run this meet on two platforms, a first for Oklahoma.  Assembling the staff for such an undertaking is no simple matter.  Thankfully, we’ve been able to cultivate a dedicated following of individuals passionate about weightlifting who are happy to support the weightlifting community in real and meaningful ways.  What we do would absolutely not be possible without these people.

The meet results can be found here.  An incredible 49 state records were broken (abbreviated list).  Lots of folks hit pretty decent numbers.  Most notably a 160kg snatch by Chris Chaney and a 137kg snatch by Jeremy Rutledge.  We also had a very competitive battle among the 58kg females.  This culminated with the repeated breaking of the CJ state record.  After a back and forth among 3 or 4 ladies, the record was claimed by Gabby Robinson with 84kgs.  This meet was action packed with the only lulls being between sessions.  Thanks to all the lifters for making this the best meet so far.

Big thanks to Aaron O’Neil for hosting at Crossfit 405.  Thanks to the CCS High kids for loading.  And thanks again to the volunteers who gave their time and effort to making this possible.

2015 IWF Masters World Cup

Bobby Sirkis had the busiest week of his life hosting the World Cup followed by the National Championships this past August.  I was lucky enough to be a part of the former.  I lifted in the 94kg weight class taking 6th place.  Also in attendance were fellow Oklahomans Mark Hummel and Walter Warren.  Mark took 2nd place and Walter 1st in their respective divisions and weight classes.  Mark also served as my impromptu coach.  Many thanks, Mark.

2015 USAW National Championships

World Cup ran from Monday to Thursday.  Then Nationals kicked off on Friday and ran till Sunday.  We had two Oklahomans at Nationals in Lee Blanchard and Chris Chaney.  Lee is an up and comer and I expect to see more of him in the future.  Chris did very well this year.  He got 2nd in the snatch with 160kgs and took 5th place overall.  Congratulations to both these guys.  A few new records were set by CJ Cummings, Jared Fleming, Megan Seegert, Jourdan Delacruz, and Mattie Rogers.  Cain Wilkes wrapped up Nationals with an impressive 400+ total. You can find some video of these lifts on ATG.

Looking Ahead

The LWC doesn’t have anything planned at the moment but it is likely we’ll be doing one more meet before the end of the year. The biggest thing coming up now is the IWF World Championships being held in Houston, Texas November 21st-28th. If you are a fan of weightlifting this is your chance to see the best lifters in the world. As I understand, you may be able to use the discount code OKLA for 10% off your tickets with some of this money going to the LWC. This is the big show. If you can make it, you should go. Lastly, the American Open runs from December 3rd to the 6th this year in Reno, Nevada and if you tune in you’ll probably be able to see local lifters Lee Blanchard, Eric Proe, Chris Chaney, and Alex Skipper competing.

You should be up to date now.