The Tomah High School boys and girls powerlifting squads got a lot done in Holmen Saturday.

Tomah boys lifters Calvin Mitch and Colton Riffle qualified for state competition, and 12 Tomah athletes won medals at the Holmen Invitational.

As a team, the Tomah boys finished second.

The Timberwolves have qualified nine for the state meet in Appleton, and coach Eric Frantz believes that number can grow.

“We were hoping to have a couple more people qualify for state, but they had a tough day of lifting,” Frantz said. “Other than those few, a handful of our kids had good days and set some new (personal records) in various lifts.”

Two Tomah lifters finished first. In the girls division, Evelyn Parrott topped the field at 198 pounds, and Maverick Ravenscroft was the best boys lifter in the 123 division.

Other Tomah results:


Second—Rebecca Vanhoof, 114.

Third—Ally Fleming, 148.

Fourth—Sabin Steinhoff, 181.


Second—Ethan Jewell, 181.

Third—Gavin Richer, 132; Royce Roberts, 220.

Fourth—Riffle, 165; Jason Burch, 275; Mitch, 275-plus.

Fifth—BEn Eckdahl, 220.

Frantz said his team has been working hard in the weight room.

“Our past two weeks of training have been rough,” Frantz said. “The body needs a break from time to time to stay fresh and have the ability to get stronger. With the snow and cold weather keeping kids at home for a few days to rest, I’m hoping our group responds when we reconvene with our training and prepare for our final state qualifying meet.”

The last chance to qualify is Saturday, Feb. 16, when the powerlifters travel to Necedah. The state meet is March 2-3 at Fox Cities Exhibition Center.

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

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