Wildcat lifters finish in top 15 in respective weight classes
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

April 4, 2005 - Sophomore Eric Gunderson, junior Zach Lewis and senior Kasey Follis competed in the Texas High School Powerlifting Association state meet this past weekend and finished in the top 15 in their respective weight classes in Houston.

Follis was the only lifter to finish in the top 10 with a seventh place finish in the 148-pound class with a total lift of 1, 160 in the squat, bench, and dead-lift, with teammates Lewis and Gunderson finished in 10th and 13th respectively.

"We went down to Houston to the state powerlifting meet and we didn't lift as well as we would have liked," SSHS head coach Dean Lasseter said. "Our total's stayed about the same and our kids were disappointed because they didn't get a medal and some of them had high expectations."

After qualifying for the state meet with a total lift of 780 pounds, Gunderson wrapped up the state meet with an identical 780 pound total in the 114-pound class to finish in seventh place in the state, and Lasseter expects Gunderson to perform better next year during his junior season for the Wildcats.

Lewis qualified for the state meet with a total lift of 1, 010 pounds at the regional meet and Lasater said Lewis stayed consistent during the meet but the team did not lift as well as they needed to in order to get a medal.

"Zach lifted 1,000 pounds total in the 132-pound class, Eric pulled 780 pounds in the 114-pounds class, so those totals are down a little bit and we didn't lift as good as we needed to in order to get a medal," the coach said. "We got after it at the meet but some of them didn't do as well as they wanted to."

With four of his lifters making the state meet, Lasater said the 2005 year was very positive and that the season resembled last year's with the same number of lifters attending the meet.

"Overall, it played out very well and we were successful because we took as many to state this year as we did last year," the coach said. "So, anytime you take four lifters to state it should be a pretty successful year."

Next year, the Wildcats will be looking for Gunderson and Lewis to repeat their state appearance and also for Lucas Garrison to have a good year and possibly make the state meet for Sulphur Springs.

"Next year is going to be a very positive year since two of those lifters are coming back and we got some guys coming up to where we should have a couple going to state next year," the coach said.

"Zach and Eric and maybe some of the big boys like Lucas Garrison should have a good year if they can stay eligible." They should do better next year especially Zach and Eric at state and hopefully get in the top five which will give them a medal."

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