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Tiger lifters take third place

by Chuck Smock

The Douglas Tigers finished third at the Northern Nevada Powerlifting Championships on Saturday at Hug High.

And the Tigers were only one point away from finishing second in the 13-team field.

McQueen won the team title, while Hug High took second place.

Dan Bradshaw led the Tigers with a first-place finish in the 205- to 226-pound weight class. Bradshaw bench pressed 310 pounds, squatted 470 pounds and power cleaned 300 pounds for a total of 1,080.

Romaine Smokey and Dusty Cornwall each turned in second-place performances for DHS.

Smokey, competing in the 125-and-under division, benched 210 pounds, squatted 255 pounds and power cleaned 160 pounds for a total of 625.

Cornwall benched 220 pounds, squatted 300 pounds and power cleaned 220 pounds for a total of 740 pounds in the 126- to 145-pound class.

Joe Andrews, John Hillenbrand and Jason Porterfield all finished third in their divisions.

Andrews benched 250 pounds, squatted 390 pounds and power cleaned 270 pounds for a total of 910 in the division for lifters weighing 226 pounds and more.

Hillenbrand (186 to 205 pounds) benched 250 pounds, squatted 390 pounds and power cleaned 255 pounds for a total of 895.

Porterfield (166 to 181 pounds) benched 245 pounds, squatted 400 pounds and power cleaned 250 pounds for a total of 895.

Josh Wilcox (bench, 180; squat, 320; power clean, 200), Matt Wilcks (bench, 255; squat, 275; power clean, 240) and Kolt Clore (bench, 245; squat, 390; power clean, 240) also competed in the varsity division for the Tigers.

“I thought they all did a great job,” Douglas coach Steve Wilcox said. “Those kids are the ones who have worked their tails off for the last four months.

“And they proved they are right up there with the top kids in the state. We can compete with anybody.”

Wilcox added that every Douglas varsity lifter had a personal-best effort in at least two of the three lifts. And several set personal records in all three.

“They did awesome,” Wilcox said. “They did a great job.”

The Tigers entered the competition without senior Sili Mafua, the defending champion in the heavyweight class. Mafua had a family commitment on the day of the competition.

In the junior varsity division of Saturday’s event, Steve Scheetz and Mike Grabow each brought home third-place medals.

Scheetz competed in the 126- to 145-pound class. He bench pressed 200 pounds, squatted 290 and power cleaned 190 for a total of 680 pounds.

In the 226-and-over division, Grabow benched 235 pounds, squatted 350 pounds and power cleaned 195 pounds for a total of 780 pounds.

Also competing for the Douglas junior varsity were Monte McCann (bench, 205; squat, 285; power clean, 195), Brandon Shupe (bench, 245; squat, 355; power clean, 215), Phillip Gingrich (bench, 195; squat, 275; power clean, 220), Kevin Jones (bench, 190; squat, 300; power clean, 165) and Cheyne Jackson (bench, 190; squat, 260; power clean, 200).