Four SSHS powerlifters headed to state meet
From Staff Reports

March 7, 2005 - GREENVILLE - Sulphur Springs powerlifters saved their best for last - so far.

Six Cat lifters had their best meet of the year, and it resulted in four of them qualifying for the state meet next month in Houston.

Eric Gunderson, Zach Lewis and Casey Follis all qualified to lift and Zane Attaway will be going as an alternate. Those four, plus Tanner Higgins and Torey Mathies who qualified for the regional meet, led the Wildcats to a fourth-place team finish.

"They did a great job, went in and got after it," said SSHS coach Dean Lasseter. "I even had some coaches come up to me and say, 'Man, your kids are really getting after it.'

"We really lifted well. We had our best meet of the year, which is the way it's supposed to be. Anytime you have four going to state, that's a good deal."

The top two in each weight division qualify for state, and Gunderson and Lewis each finished second in his weight class. Follis was fourth, but lifted 1,200 pounds, which was the qualifying standard for his weight group, and Attaway came in third.

Gunderson, participating in the 114-pound division, entered as the fourth-best in his weight group, but finished well ahead of the third-place finisher at the meet. He squatted 305 pounds, dead-lifted 320 pounds and benched 155 (tying him for the highest in his weight group) for a total of 780 pounds.

That was 65 pounds below Greenville's Chris Kearney, who won the weight class, but 55 pounds more than the third-place finisher.

Lewis also excelled in the bench press in the 132-pound class. His lift of 260 was 40 pounds more than anyone of his competitors. He also squatted 365 and lifted 385 in the dead lift for a total of 1,010 pounds.

Lewis came up just five pounds shy of Paris' Courtney Hill's total, and he was five pounds more than third place.

Follis finished fourth in the 148-pound weight group - he tied for third at 1,200 pounds, but was given fourth because he weighed more than the other competitor. In the weight division, a lift of 1,200 pounds or more is an automatic state qualifier.

Follis squatted 500 (second in the weight group), benched 250 and dead-lifted 450 for a 1,200 total.

In the Super Heavyweight, Attaway came in with 1,425 pounds, which placed him third. He actually tied for third with two other lifters, but had a lower body weight, which made him first alternate.

Attaway squatted 600 (second best), benched 340 and dead-lifted 485.

Higgins didn't qualify for state, but he finished fifth in the 123-pound division, which scored points for the Cats in the team standings.

He squatted 300, benched 180 (third best) and dead-lifted 300 for a total of 780.

Mathies finished 10th in the 165-pound weight class with a total of 1,095 pounds. He lifted 390 in the squat, 240 in the bench and 465 in the dead lift.

The state meet is scheduled for April 2 in Houston.

"We've got a whole month to keep our weight down and get stronger," Lasseter said.

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