Continuing from our previous post, this article will cover which lifters to look out for at the 2017 USAPL Raw Nationals, this time in the men’s 93kg and women’s 72kg weight classes, who lift tomorrow, October 13th.

Men’s 93kg

LS McClain

In arguably one of the most surprising outcomes of the 2017 IPF World Classic Championships, despite only placing third at the 2016 USAPL Raw Nationals, LS McClain ended up winning the 93kg championship title at the World’s this year. Nominated fourth coming into it, LS was able to win the class with his 285kg squat, 227.5kg gold medal winning bench, and 315kg deadlift. Ultimately it was his final deadlift that meant the other championship title contenders were unable to topple him off the gold medal position, despite LS himself cheering them on in true sportsmanship fashion. However, even as reigning world champion, LS will have to perform well to win the 93kg title.

David Ricks

Fifty-eight-year-old David Ricks is well renowned as a legend in the sport, competing at the elite level in the opens despite being of age for the Masters 2 category. Dave joined LS McClain as a team USA representative in the 93kg division this year, but didn’t have the best of days. Being called for depth on his first and second attempt squats, he finally secured himself in the meet by sinking 292.5kg a little deeper on his third. Accompanied with his 205kg bench and 305kg deadlift, he placed sixth overall with his 802.5kg total. Prior to the World’s, Dave broke his own open world record squat at the 2017 Pacific Invitational competition, hitting a huge 325.5kg. On a good day, the 58-year-old could easily take home the top spot over LS.

David Woolson

David Woolson is an up and coming lifter in the 93kg division, who has been making speedy progress. Last year at the Raw Nationals, he placed tenth with a 757.5kg total. Since then, he’s posted 800kg at a competition in July despite only going 6 for 9. If his promising lifts on social media are anything to go by, he’s certainly a medal or top spot contender if he pulls together a perfect day.

Layne Norton

2015’s 93kg Raw National champion had a near two-year hiatus from Powerlifting after dropping out of the 2016 IPF World’s due to injury. On a quest to recover ever since, Layne finally made his comeback earlier this Summer, pulling together a 767.5kg total to qualify for the Raw Nationals. Since then, Layne’s had some difficulty in training with lots of travelling, getting sick, and some minor nagging injuries. However, if Layne manages to keep his injuries at bay and make his circumstances more suitable to training in the lead up to it, he’s another top medal contender.

Women’s 72kg

Kimberly Walford

Having just come out of her sixth straight IPF World Classic Championship win in Belarus, Powerlifting legend Kimberly Walford will be back to reinstate her spot as the number one 72kg lifter in the USA and the world. With her gold medal pretty much guaranteed, it will be a case of whether or not Kimberly can unofficially break her world record deadlift or total once again. Make sure you watch her defend her title at pull some unbelievably amounts of weight.

Chelsea Savit

USA’s second best 72kg lifter since 2013, Chelsea Savit finally got a spot on the World’s team this year, and placed fourth in a very competitive 72kg class next to Kimberly herself, Ana Castellain, and Isabella von Weissenberg. Here she broke the 500kg total milestone, a feat only a handful of 72kg women have managed. Posting extremely promising PBs on Instagram, we’ll see just how much closer she can get to Kimberly’s total, which has been around the 530kg mark in the last year or so.

Prisicilla Ribic

Prisicilla Ribic is just as much a Powerlifting legend as Kimberly, with a ton of mainly equipped world championship titles and records. In the last few years she’s dabbled a bit more in the raw scene, but has still mainly been competing equipped, most recently placing second in the heavyweight division at the 2017 World Games for Team USA. Now competing at the Raw Nationals, she’s nominated third with her 487.5kg total from the M1 World Classic Championships last year, not far off Chelsea Savit’s best total either.

About the author: Ramsay Kirkhy

Ramsay holds a BSc in Psychology and is currently studying for his MSc. He is also a certified Personal Trainer with three years’ experience. Along with his studies, he has a huge passion for Powerlifting, competing in the 74kg division in Great Britain, also writing for the 9for9 Media blog.