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Hampton Morris Clean and Jerks 168kg to win a gold medal at the 2023 Weightlifting World Championships

20 Set to Represent Team USA at IWF World Junior Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS - Team USA is ready for the 2023 IWF World Junior Championships. Competition runs Nov. 15-23 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the United States will be well represented by 20 total lifters. Team staff for the trip includes Sean Rigsby, Jackie Black, USAW technical director Pyrros Dimas, and team doctor Josh Walters. Rigbsy is serving as the USA head coach for the trip, while Black is the team leader. Competing athletes include 2022 61 kg junior world title winner and 2024 Olympic hopeful Hampton Morris (67kg), and 55 kg world youth snatch (89kg) and total (198kg) record holder Katharine Estep (64kg). Lifting is expected to stream live via the IWF’s YouTube channel, with results updated on the IWF results page. 

Full IWF World Junior Championships Start Book and Regulations

IWF’s Competition Preview

The 2022 Junior Championships saw Morris claim his 61 kg gold medal off a 116 kg snatch and 160 kg C&J for a 276 kg total - seven kilos ahead of Turkey’s Kaan Kahriman. Estep is the only other returning USA medallist from the 2022 junior championships. She earned silver in 2022 at 59 kg after lifting 91 kg and 109 kg for a 200 kg total. Estep’s total was three kilos short of Daphne Guillen Vazquez’ (Mexico) 203. 

2023 IWF World Junior Weight Categories

Men: 55kg, 61kg, 67kg, 73kg, 81kg, 89kg, 96kg, 102kg, 109kg, +109kg

Women: 45kg, 49kg, 55kg, 59kg, 64kg, 71kg, 76kg, 81kg, 87kg, +87kg

2023 IWF World Juniors Roster

Name Wclass Hometown Best Snatch Best C&J Best Total Coaches Name Club Instagram
Ella Nicholson 76kg Medina, OH 102kg 121kg 222kg Trey Vaughan Root 18 Weightlifting ellanich0lson
Isabella Rodriguez 49kg Dacula, GA 69kg 98kg 167kg Spencer Arnold Power and Grace Performance bella.mia.rodriguez
Amanda Robles 87kg Oakley, CA 103kg 121kg 221kg Kevin Dohery Hassle Free BBC rebrandingamanda
Katharine Estep 64kg Auburn, WA 93kg 115kg 205kg Kevin Simons Alpha Barbell katie.e.Estep
Sophia Shaft 64kg Canton, MI 94kg 110kg 204kg Zach Caswell Optimus Barbell Sophie_shaft7
Natalie Andrews 81kg Burke, VA 97kg 119kg 216kg Cara Heads Slaughter CHFP Weightlifting natalie___andrews
Miranda Ulrey 59kg Grantville, PA 85kg 107kg 192kg Kyle Fields Fourteen Fourty Collective mulrey23
Mallory Garza 59kg San Antonio, TX 80kg 111kg 191kg Brittany Rucker Bexar Barbell Malloryygarza
Katelyn Witte 81kg Aberdeen, SD 96kg 118kg 214kg Vinh Huynh Union Weightlifting katiewitte01
Riley Williams 76kg Winchester, KY 96kg 115kg 211kg Walt Neubauer Rising Tide Weightlifting ruderiley1
Hampton Morris 61kg Atlanta, GA 124kg 166kg 290kg Tripp Morris Unattached hamptonmorris
Gabe Chhum 61kg Hamilton, GA 120kg 150kg 270kg Jeremy Warner Max Kane Barbell gabriel_chhum
Morgan McCullough 102kg Knoxville, TN 152kg 200kg 352kg Crystal McCullough California Strength morganmc102
Ej Hein 89kg McPherson, KS 150kg 175kg 325kg Ray Harkness Unattached ej_hein
Preston Powell 81kg Chattanooga, TN 143kg 174kg 314kg Spencer Arnold Unattached prestonpowell_
Mario Marquez 67kg Mission, TX 122kg 160kg 277kg Brittany Rucker Bexar Barbell Mario_67kg
Hutton Boles 81kg Knoxville, TN 138kg 165kg 301kg Kaleo Cornwell Standard Strength hutton.boles
Timothy Davis 96kg Owensboro, KY 151kg 185kg 336kg Tim Davis ODC Barbell Timolifts
William Heller 96kg Toledo, OH 140kg 176kg 316kg David Griffin Northern Michigan University willheller_
Conner Popielarz 89kg Maidens, VA 134kg 170kg 300kg Sean Rigsby Heavy Metal Barbell cmp24_
Sean Rigsby Head coach
Jackie Black Team leader
Pyrros Dimas Coach
Josh Walters Team Doctor

Team USA Schedule - All times local to Guadalajara


49A - 18:00

Isabella Rodriguez


61A - 18:00

Gabriel Chhum


67B Mario Marquez - 13:00

67A Hampton Morris - 15:00

59A - 18:00

Mallory Garza

Miranda Ulrey


64A - 15:00

Katharine Estep

Sophia Shaft 


81B kg - 13:00

Hutton Boles

Preston Powell


89B - Conner Popielarz - 12:30

76A - 15:00

Riley Williams

Ella Nicholson

89A - Elijah Hein - 18:00

96A - 15:00

Timothy Davis Jr

William Heller

81A - 18:00

Katelyn Witte

Natallie Andrews


102A - Morgan McCullough - 12:00

87A - Amanda Robles - 15:00

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