USA Weightlifting Announces Senior Pan American Championships Team

Check out the full team rosters for the Pan American Championships!

Earlier today, USA Weightlifting announced the roster of athletes that will be competing at the 2019 Pan American Championships. The 2019 Pan American Championships are set to take place on April 20-28 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. This competition is a big deal for a handful of athletes, as it’s a Gold qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

What does that mean? In order to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, athletes must compete in a total of six events in the span of the 18-month Olympic Games qualification period. This 18-month qualification timeline is broken into three different periods, and athletes must have competed in at least one event during each time period and must have accrued a total of one Gold-level event, and a second Gold or Silver-level event. This means that this competition is checking a major Games qualification box for many Olympic hopefuls.

Keep in mind, this event is the Pan American Championships, and not the Pan American Games (a silver-level event), which are being in July in Lima, Peru. USA Weightlifting stated in their press release that the Pan American Games team will be announced in the spring. 

Pan American Championships Teams

Check out the full team rosters below, which come directly from USA Weightlifting’s press release. Note, an asterisk next to an athlete’s name means reserve. 

Men’s Pan American Championships Team

NameBW CATHometownCoachClub
Jordan Wissinger67kgDenver, PADane MillerGarage Strength
Alex Lee67kgChandler, AZShahin NasirniaAlee Athletics
CJ Cummings73kgBeaufort, SCRayford JonesTeam Divergent
Harrison Maurus81kgAuburn, WAKevin SimonsAlpha Barbell
Christian Rodriguez Ocasio81kgSan Ramon, CADavid SpitzCalifornia Strength
Jordan Cantrell89kgClovis, CATravis MashMash Mafia Weightlifting
John Downey*89kgIrvine, CARussell McCarthyBarbells for Boobs Weightlifting
Jason Bonnick96kgLaxahatchee, FLBrian SecrestVero Beach Weightlifting
D’Angelo Osorio102kgVallejo, CARob EarwickerLift 6 for 6 Weightlifting
Wes Kitts109kgSan Ramon, CADavid SpitzCalifornia Strength
Caine Wilkes+109kgMatthews, NCChris WilkesLittle League Weightlifting
Keiser Witte*+109kgPhoenix, AZShahin NasirniaAlee Athletics

Women’s Pan American Championships Team

NameBW CATHometownCoachClub
Alyssa Ritchey49kgPerrysburg, OHMax AitaTeam Juggernaut
Morghan King49kgAtlanta, GASpencer ArnoldPower & Grace Performance
Jourdan Delacruz55kgAtlanta, GASpencer ArnoldPower & Grace Performance
Caitlin Hogan55kgLong Beach, CARussell McCarthyAcademy of Weightlifting
Jessica Lucero59kgOrange, CAJuan Martinez BaroAcademy of Weightlifting
Taylor Turner*59kgSt. Johns, FLVance NewguardVero Beach Weightlifting
Mattie Sasser64kgChicago, ILDave EsterUnattached
Hunter Elam*64kgLewisville, NCTravis MashMash Mafia Weightlifting
Mattie Rogers71kgOrlando, FLDanny CamargoTeam OC
Kate Nye71kgOakland Township, MIJosh GallowayTeam Hercules
Jenny Arthur76kgColorado Springs, COKevin DohertyUnattached
Sarah Robles+87kgLeague City, TXTim SwordsTeam Houston

Editor’s Note: BarBend is the Official Media Partner of USA Weightlifting. The two organizations maintain editorial independence unless otherwise noted on specific content projects.

Feature image from @usa_weightlfiting Instagram page. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master’s in Sports Science and a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

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