Three Wildcats lift their way to the regional meet
From Staff Reports

Feb. 16, 2006 - PALESTINE - Three Sulphur Springs powerlifters won medals Saturday at the Palestine Invitational, cementing their spot at the regional meet in three weeks.

Seniors Eric Gunderson and Zach Lewis both took first place in their respective weight groups and are ranked No. 1 in the region as well. Junior Jeffery Pitts placed second at Palestine and is third in the region.

The top 10 lifters in each weight classification will advance to the regional meet.

"Those three guys pretty much wrapped up a regional qualifying spot," said SSHS coach Carl Hornback. "We've got a couple of others on the bubble."

Lewis lifted a combined 1,060 pounds in the three lifts: bench press, dead lift and squat, to win the 132-pound division. That total is his season best and the top total in the region.

Gunderson totaled 820 pounds in the 114-pound classification. That was also his best total of the season and he is the top-ranked lifter in the region.

Pitts lifted a total of 1,025 pounds at Palestine, which won him a silver medal in the 148-pound weight group. That's his best total of the season and ranks him third in his division in the region.

James Taylor lifted 1,230 pounds, which puts him at 10th in the region in the 242-pound weight group, and Jacob Jenkins' best lift of 1,200 pounds ranks him 16th in the same class.

As a team, the Wildcats scored 19 points to place third at Palestine out of 14 schools. They will travel to Greenville on Saturday for their final meet as a team - some individuals may lift again to attempt to qualify for regional during the two off weeks, Hornback said.

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