The Wildcats won their third-straight Class AA and overall state championships Saturday at Central Hardin High School.
The win brings Trigg’s all-time state title total to 10 and marks the second time the school has one three in a row, with the last coming in 1993-95 when the ‘Cats competed in Class A.
Trigg (113 points) finished 15 points ahead of Louisville Trinity, which has finished second to the ‘Cats each of the last three years after winning five titles in a row.
Trigg weightlifting coach Erin Eagleson said a loss to Trinity at a regular-season competition in Spencer County motivated the ‘Cats at state.
“We figured if we got our kids in the right weight classes and they lifted well, we could at least give [Trinity] a run for their money and make it competitive,” Eagleson said. “We were optimistic, but we weren’t really expecting it.”
Nine of the 17 Wildcats to place in the event are seniors this year, meaning the underclassmen will have a large hill to climb if they are to make it four in a row next season, Eagleson said.
“The seniors have contributed since they were sophomores,” Eagleson said. “After going three in a row, I’d say anything is
possible, but we’ll have to get more kids out, and they’ll have to get stronger. It’s hard to compete with Trinity, who’s 6A, brings 100 kids to state and has weightlifting taught during school, where Trigg County takes 31 and everything [coach Colby Lewis] and I do is after school. We’ve got to convince the kids it’s worth their time and effort to stay after school.”
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