War Eagle Powerlifters Take 2nd in 8-team Meet

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Oak Ridge powerlifting is off to a good start! On January 12, the War Eagle boys team traveled to Houston for an eight team meet and came away with a respectable 2nd place finish.

In powerlifting, the athletes are classified by their weight. The weight classes range from 114 to 275-plus pounds. Each team is allowed eleven lifters and not allowed to have more than three in any one weight class.

The War Eagles took eleven lifters and eight of them returned home with hardware.

The medalist’s included Matt Rice in the 123lb class who placed 4th. Hayden Gula in his first ever meet placed 5th in the 132lb class. In the 148lb division, Oak Ridge had two medalist’s in Tyler Marcel (3rd) and Tanner Kuhle (5th). In the 181lb class Jonathan Voltaire stepped up to the challenge and earned himself a 3rd place medal. In the 220lb class, Justin Edwards was able to hang on and earn himself a 5th place finish with his total.

By far and away, Oak Ridge shined the most in the 198lb and 242lb classes. In the 198’s, George Stephenson totaled 1330lbs and placed 1st in his division. Stephenson is currently ranked 1st in the region in his class. In the 242lb division Justin Latonero totaled 1445lbs placing him 1st overall. Latonero is also at the top of his class in the region.

For the girls, Britney Northern and Jennifer Ramirez came in 2nd in their respective divisions.

Powerlifting at the high school level is a club sport that operates under the auspices of the THSPA (Texas High School Powerlifting Association). For addition information, you can go to www.thspa.us. The girls are under the THSWPA.

The following Milby meet (8 teams) results from this weekend just barely made it in before press time.

2nd place as a Team

Matt Rice 4th  (123)

Hayden Gula 5th (132)

Jason Simmons 4th (148)

Tyler Marcel 3rd (148)

Demarcus Durst 5th (165)

Kwame Etwi 4th (181)

George Stephenson 1st (198)

 Justin Edwards 4th (220)

Justin Latonero 1st (242)

Brittany Northern 2nd

Jennifer Ramirez 2nd

Coach Will Compton is proud of his troops and how they are progressing after two competitions… “We are extremely proud in the way that our athletes competed and represented our school. They challenged themselves and showed great support for each other. The future is bright for Oak Ridge.”

More powerlifting articles are to come!

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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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