The Tiger powerlifting team was dealt some adversity heading into Saturday’s meet in Dublin, but Glen Rose raised the bar once again.
The Tigers won first place as a team after doing so in Comanche the previous week.
“We had a great day Saturday, as we won the team competition again despite having a few kids out who normally score valuable team points for us,” said coach Terry Harlin. “Nevertheless, the kids we did have competed extremely hard and managed to score enough points for us to win it.”
Harlin said nearly every lifter who competed in Comanche improved on his or her totals.
“That’s our main focus – along with competing at a high level – to get stronger every week,” he said.
In his first meet of the year, defending 3A state champion Jared Thames came within 35 pounds of his 2012 state total. Competing in the 275-pound class, he squatted 625 pounds, benched 470 and deadlifted 570 for a total of 1,665 pounds. The senior was named Outstanding Lifter of the meet.
“Jared had a nice first meet of the season, finishing first place in his weight class and being named Outstanding Lifter,” Harlin said. “Jared impressed all who were in attendance, including the judges.”
Hunter Redmond also came up big to win the 165-pound class. He squatted 375, benched 225 and deadlifted 435 for a total of 1,035 pounds.
“Hunter had a strong first-place finish,” Harlin said.
Azahel Herrera came through with a second-place finish in the 114-pound class, squatting 230, benching 170 and deadlifting 255 for a total of 655 pounds. Cody Halcom took third in the 114-pound class with lifts of 230, 115 and 270 for a total of 600.
“Cody and Azahel continue to be big contributors in their weight class and are starting to become solid and reliable point sources for the team,” Harlin said.
Braxton Barrios finished third in the 198-pound class with lifts of 430, 220 and 385 for a total of 1,035. Calen Ballesteros (440-210-380) totaled 1,030 pounds to finish fourth in the 198-pound class.
“Freshman lifters Braxton and Calen came up huge for us Saturday and are going to be solid lifters over the course of the next four years,” Harlin said.
Heath Nicholson (500-240-510) finished fourth in the 220-pound class with a total of 1,250 pounds.
“Heath had a 500-pound squat and a 510-pound deadlift – both outstanding lifts – to finish fourth in a very tough and competitive 220-pound weight class,” the coach said. “At most meets, his total would easily win that division.”
In the 148-pound class, Carlin Linnabery (375-195-320) totaled 890 and finished sixth. Nathan Smith finished seventh in the 148-pound class with a total of 885 (300-210-375).
In the 220-pound class, Dawson Matheny finished seventh with a total of 1,085 (375-300-410). In the 165-pound class, Hayden Swearengin (315-205-360) finished ninth with a total of 880 pounds.
In the 220-pound class, Miguel Barraza (375-200-350) took 11th place with a total of 925 pounds. Drannon Brewer finished 12th in the 220-pound class (330-185-320) with a total of 835 pounds.
In the 181-pound class, Garet Vaughn finished 13th (225-180-300) with a total of 705 pounds. In the 165-pound class, Angel Amezcua took 14th (300-180-300) with a total of 780 pounds.
As for the Lady Tigers, Arianna Ramos finished seventh in the 165-pound class (175-75-200) with a total of 450 pounds. Mackenzie Dahl also competed in the 165-pound class, but didn’t register a lift in the bench press.
“Arianna showed strong improvement this week and is really starting to get the hang of this,” Harlin said.
Glen Rose powerlifting will attempt to win its third meet in as many weeks when it heads to Hillsboro on Saturday.