Power Up: SS lifters second at home meet

From Staff Reports

Feb. 18, 2008 - Led by winning performances from junior Jake Russell and sophomore J.R. Rivera, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats claimed second place among 17 teams at the Wildcat Powerlifting Meet on Saturday.

The Wildcats had nine lifters place in the top five in their weight categories to score points. Rivera won the 132-pound class and Russell claimed first in the 198-pound division.

Overall, the Wildcats scored 31 points, second to Paris (38) in the team standings.

Rivera lifted a total of 875 pounds to win his weight class. He put up 310 on the squat, 210 on the bench and 355 in the dead lift. Russell, meanwhile, lifted a total of 1,170 pounds, including 445 on the squat, 255 on the bench and 470 in the dead lift.

The Wildcats had two other lifters place in the same 198-pound class. Sophomore Daniel Dixon was third with a 1,105-pound total that included 390 squat, 275 bench and 440 dead lift. Sophomore Jimmy Villa was fifth with a 1,070 pound total that included 375 squat, 235 bench and 460 dead lift.

Junior Eddie Arciga took second in the 148-pound division with 420 squat, 245 bench and 440 dead lift for a 1,105-pound total. Arciga was also the best lifter in his classification based on weight. Cody Kalb placed fifth in the same class with a 930 total that consisted of 365 squat, 215 bench and 350 dead lift.

Taylor Link placed third in the 123-pound weight class with a 785-pound total. He lifted 300 in the squat, 210 in the bench and 275 in the dead lift.

Freshman Joe Scott was third in the 165-pound class with a 1,095 total comprised of 435 squat, 245 bench and 415 dead lift. Taking fifth in that class was junior Johnny McSheffery with a 1,035-pound total of 360 squat, 250 bench, 425 dead lift.

Senior Rodney Evans placed fifth in the 242-pound class with a 1,355 total that included 530 squat, 295 bench and 530 dead lift.

Other lifters participating were Triston Crook (sixth in the 132-pound class), Jamal Freeman (seventh in the 242-pound division), Andrew Burton (sixth in the 275-pound class) and Tadarious Johnson (seventh in super heavyweight).

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