Weightlifting is a science, says Tomah High School boys and girls powerlifting coach Eric Frantz.

“I want to put the science behind lifting,” Frantz said. “If they understand the science, they’ll be motivated to lift more correctly.”

Frantz, a THS graduate who was a starting offensive lineman for the football squad, brings a physical education degree and 10 years as a personal trainer to his first year as coach. He takes over for Chip Thompson, who launched the program nine years ago before stepping aside to concentrate on his new teaching duties.

Frantz inherits a rebuilding project. The program recently produced a world champion in Josh Peardot and a national champion in Marshall Messmer, but this year’s squad doesn’t have any returning state meet participants on the roster.

In pre-season practice, Frantz said senior Royce Roberts, juniors Nolan Young, Dylan Burkwalt, Micah Winchell and Blake Moseley; and sophomore Royce Roberts have emerged as the leaders.

The rest of boys roster also includes juniors Nathaniel Figgins, Zachary Floyd, Xavier Hertzner, Ethan Jewell, Caden La Beause, Ryan Stanek, Preston Van Stedum, Seth Carlson and Sabin Kos; sophomores Rudy Aguinaga, Ray Gomez, Zach Mountain and Conner Perry; and freshman Zach Adams.

The Timberwolves had just one girl on the roster last year, but Frantz has seven girls this season, all of whom are new to the sport. They are senior Courtney Humphrey, juniors Kendyll Pollack and Journey Smith and sophomores Morgan Arch, Hailey Frantz, Ariana Kaspari and Brittney Krog.

Frantz said there isn’t much experience on either the boys or girls roster.

“They’re a pretty young team,” he said. “I want to keep them interested and enthusiastic.”

A new feature for this season is a home meet. The Timberwolves will host a varsity and junior varsity invitational at the high school Saturday, Jan. 6.

“If they understand the science, they’ll be motivated to lift more correctly.”—Eric Frantz, boys and girls powerlifting coach

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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