Freeman and Link win divisions at powerlifting meet

From Staff Reports

Feb. 20, 2007 - Two SSHS powerlifters won their divisions on Saturday and 10 more placed in the top five at the Wildcat Invitational Meet here.

They combined to place Sulphur Springs second among 12 teams at the meet. Paris won the overall title.

Jamal Freeman won the 242-pound division and Taylor Link claimed the top spot in the 123-pound class to head up the SSHS finishers.

Sulphur Springs now has four lifters among the top 15 in the region in their respective classes. At the end of the season, the top 10 qualify for the regional meet, and the next five can go as alternates.

Freeman lifted a total of 1,200 pounds in the three lifts: bench press, dead lift and squat. That total puts Freeman at No. 15 in the region.

Link total 675 pounds in his three lifts. He is currently ranked No. 5 in the region.

Placing second in the classes at the meet were junior Rodney Evans in the 275-pound class and senior Jeff Pitts in the 165-pound division. Evans lifted a total of 1,285 pounds - the most of any SSHS athlete - to place him seventh in the region. Pitts total 1,085 pounds and is ranked eighth.

Two other lifters placed third: Kevin Rape in the superheavy division and Daniel Dixon in the 198-pound class. Rape, ranked 14th in the region, lifted a 1,230-pound total. Dixon total 1,020 pounds.

Fourth-place lifters included Tanner Higgins, Eddie Arciga, Tyler Francis and Demarques Reeves. Arciga, a sophomore, totaled 1,045 pounds in the 165-pound class to ranked 14th in the region. Higgins, a senior, lifted 915 pounds; Francis, a junior, lifted 1,125 pound in the 220-pound class; and Reeves had 1,000 pounds in the 275 division.

Claiming fifth place at the meet were J.B. Beachum, who lifted 1,120 pounds in the 220-pound class, and Mason Y'Barbo, who had 950 pounds in the 275 class.

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