It was good day for the Tomah High School boys and girls powerlifters at the Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association state meet last weekend.
It was an even better sign of things to come.
All seven athletes coach Eric Frantz took to Mauston are expected to be back for the 2018-19 season.
“Other than our lone senior, Courtney Humphrey, I anticipate everyone else qualifying heading back to state next year, along with several others as well,” Frantz said.
Tomah’s highest finisher was junior Dylan Burwalt, who was second in the male 242-pound equipped division. He lifted 595 kilograms in the bench press, squat and deadlift.
“He was only 15 kilograms off the lead and would have taken first if he got his final deadlift attempt,” Frantz said.
Humphrey closed out her high school powerlifting career by finishing eighth out of 23 competitors in the female 198 division. She finished with a 305 kilogram total, which was 125 kilograms behind the winner.
Lifts this season were measured in kilograms instead of pounds, although weight classes remained divided by pounds.
Other Tomah results:
- Hunter Eirschele, a junior, took third place in the female 105 raw division. There were nine competitors in her class. She finished with a 220 kilogram total, only 15 kilograms from first place.
- Sophomore Morgan Arch finished 18th in the female 181 raw division. She had a total of 255 kilograms, which put her 102 kilograms behind the winner.
- Junior Nolan Young finished ninth out of 19 in the male 181-pound raw division. He finished with a 470 kilogram total, putting him 85 kilograms behind the top of his class.
- Junior Blake Moseley finished fourth in the male 220 equipped division. He ended with a total of 545 kilograms, which put him 97.5 kilograms away from the top finisher.
- Junior Ethan Jewell also qualified for the State meet in the male 181 raw class, but failed to make the weight requirement to participate at the meet.
“Overall I’m very happy with our final results this year,” Frantz said. “This is the most we’ve sent to a state meet.”
The meet, held at Mauston High School, attracted more than 500 lifters from across the state. Mauston co-hosted the meet with Adams-Friendship High School.