Larry “Wheels” Williams Falls During 793 lb Squat at CETC US Open

Currently, the CETC US Open Powerlifting Championships are underway at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego, California. The championships are being held today and tomorrow and if you’re interested in checking out the live stream, click here (you have to pay, but with a promo code you save ten dollars).

One of the bigger named lifters in the 242 lb class Larry “Wheels” Williams experienced a fall on his final squat attempt. Williams was attempting a 793 lb squat when it appears he bottomed out and sat off to his left. This was his third squat attempt, as his first was 744 lbs and his second was 777 lbs.

As of now, Williams will not be continuing in competition. This was confirmed on Gracie Vanasse’s Instagram Live feed. 

We’re still unsure on the extent of his injury, or if something serious happened that you can’t see in the video. From the video you can see that Williams limps off screen, and was also icing his knee in Vanasse’s Instagram Live.

Williams wrote on his Instagram page, “3rd attempt. I can stand. I can walk. And after 8 weeks of recovery, I will be back. This is the beginning of a long powerlifting journey.

Hopefully nothing serious happened and this was just a fluke mishap with a minor injury. Notice how uneven the barbell was when Williams un-racked it.

Williams has been the second lifter this week that discontinued their performance in the US Open. Rob “Da Savage” Hall announced on his Instagram page earlier in the week he had to drop out due to a continued sickness. While Williams’s case is different than Hall’s, it’s still unfortunate two elite powerlifters have had to discontinue their lifting so close and in-competition.

To check out the full US Open roster, check out this link. If you’re interesting in tuning into the live stream, then check out the full schedule below.


  • Flight A: M90kg and 110kg
  • Flight B: M100kg and 125kg
  • Flight C: M140kg and SHW


  • Flight A: F48, 52, 56kg and M67.5Kg
  • Flight B: F60, 67.5, and 75kg
  • Flight C: F82.5kg and M75 and 82.5kg

Feature image from ScallionsTV YouTube channel. 

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.

As of right now, Jake has published over 1,200 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter.

On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.

Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and a personal trainer the three years before that, and most recently he was the content writer at The Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office.

Jake competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a professional knee rehabber after tearing his quad squatting in 2017. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in New York City.

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