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USA Weightlifting Names ‘The Strongest High School Athletes In America’

ByScotty Jenkins

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USA Weightlifting Names ‘The Strongest High School Athletes In America’

The title of "Strongest High School Athlete In America" has been decided.

This fall, High school athletes from every state and weight class were invited to participate in High School Throwdown presented by Caffeine & Kilos, a virtual event on GMTM. The free virtual event allowed athletes - ages 13 to 18 of any weight class - to see how they measure up against their peers in the weight room.


With ten different weight classes and prizes for each winner on the line, participants uploaded videos of three lifts that are used in Olympic competition. The lifts included: the Bench Press, the Back Squat, and a Full or Power Clean. Participants were also asked to record an introductory video sharing their story.

Each video from competitors around the nation were broken down by USA Weightlifting coaches and the best of the best were honored this week with the title "Strongest High School Athlete in America".

You can check out all of the winners from each of the female weight classes below:


  • Weight Class: 101 Pounds

Lilly Cottingham - Wilmette, Illinois


  • Weight Class: 119 Pounds

Eva Young - Cary, North Carolina


  • Weight Class: 129 Pounds

Izabella Guillan - New Port Richey, Florida


  • Weight Class: 139 Pounds

Brianna Wylie - Winnetka, Illinois


  • Weight Class: 154 Pounds

Delaney O'Brien - Westminster, Maryland


  • Weight Class: 169 Pounds

Hailey Rolfe - Chesaning, Michigan


  • Weight Class: 183 Pounds

Kaylee Landa - Tempe, Arizona


You can check out all of the winners from each of the male weight classes below:


  • Weight Class: 119 Pounds

Henry Ludbrook - Kirkwood, Missouri


  • Weight Class: 129 Pounds

Patrick McGreal


  • Weight Class: 139 Pounds

Evan Cheuk - Morton Grove, Illinois


  • Weight Class: 154 Pounds

Nathan Culler - Queen Creek, Arizona


  • Weight Class: 169 Pounds

Ian Sedgwick - New Trier Township, Illinois


  • Weight Class: 199 Pounds

Joshua Murillo - Saint Cloud, Florida


  • Weight Class: 219 Pounds

Michael Essig


  • Weight Class: 238 Pounds

Zachary Yulish - Wilmette, Illinois


The prize for being named “The Strongest High School in America” includes a trophy and a Rogue Fitness barbell. The top three schools also received a banner from USA Weightlifting to hang in their school’s weight room.

You can check out which school was named "Strongest High School in America" in the High School Throwdown presented by Caffeine and Kilos below:


  • 2022 USA Weightlifting High School Throwdown Team Winner

New Trier High School - Wilmette, Illinois


  • 2022 USA Weightlifting High School Throwdown Team Runner-Up

Saint Cloud High School - St. Cloud, Florida


Congratulations to all of the winners and participants in the 2022 USA Weighlifting High School Throwdown presented by Caffeine and Kilos.

If you know an athlete who could earn the title of "Strongest High School Athlete in America" next year, share USA Weightlifting's organization page with them and follow along for more opportunities to seen by Olympic coaches.

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