McCutcheon breaks old weightlifing record, now 181-lb. State Champion

Monday, April 25, 2005
Green Forest senior Neil McCutcheon rested between lifts in the Tiger weight room for this picture, then made all the hard work pay off with a State Weightlifting Championship last Saturday. Contributed photo

GREEN FOREST---- Senior Neil McCutcheon broke a state record in the 181-lb. class at the Arkansas State High School Weightlifting Championships last Saturday at Russellville High School, and by five pounds is the new State Champ and State Record Holder.

More than 50 high schools from across the state brought more than 500 competitors to determine who were the strongest of the strong.

McCutcheon won the title against all comers, which is impressive for an athlete who is 5-9, and maybe weighs 180 pounds.

McCutcheon power cleaned 260 pounds, then bench pressed 335 pounds for a 595-pound total, breaking an 11-year-old state record.

That total was five pounds more than the old record, making him the new champ, 50 pounds ahead of second place.

This was an open competition with AA, AAA, AAAA, and AAAAA school classifications in direct competition with each other.

Russellville, West Memphis, Bryant, Benton, Lake Hamilton, Morrilton and larger schools from all over Arkansas sent their best weightlifters, but the senior from Green Forest walked away with the title and a new state record.

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