Lifters hope to keep streaks alive but end title drought at state meet
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Trigg County will be looking to keep several streaks alive Saturday at the Kentucky Powerlifting Meet in Elizabethtown.

However, they will also be looking to end one that has motivated them all year long.

Trigg County has won three straight Class 2A titles after winning eight consecutive 1A titles but has not won the overall state title in seven years.

After two straight runner-up finishes to Trinity, coach Coby Lewis is hoping to bring that streak – Trigg’s longest overall title drought in history – to an end at Saturday’s state meet at Central Hardin High School.

"It should be real close. Whoever lifts the best out of us, Trinity, or Madisonville will win it," Lewis predicted.

Trinity has won the last three state meets, with Trigg finishing second the past two years.

The margin was 53 points two years ago but was dwindled to 22 points last year.

The Wildcats return four lifters who won their weight class last year.

Winning state titles last year were Dennis Acree in the 135-pound class; Kewanis Kennedy in the 145-pound class; Frank Russell in the 165-pound class; and R.T. Bacon in the 175-pound class.

Both Acree and Kennedy return in the same classes, while Russell moves up to the 175-pound class and Bacon drops to the 165-pound class.

Acree, Kennedy, and Bacon are considered the favorites to repeat as state champions, while Russell will be among four lifters to challenge for the 175-pound title.

Trigg County has had at least one state champion for 21 straight years and 49 state champions overall since 1984.

Lewis said several other lifters could break through and win their classes.

Devin Wilson and Barron Adams could challenge for the 125-pound class, and Scotty Mayes could push Acree in the 135-pound class. Wilson, who won the event two years ago, was second last year. Mayes finished fifth last year as an eighth grader.

In the 165-pound class, Jon Wilson could push Bacon for the individual title, while Trey Diggs could score a top three finish in the 185-pound class.

Steven Wadlington is the prohibitive favorite in the 205-pound class after notching a 635-pound deadlift earlier this year and finishing third last year.

In the heavyweight division, Taylor McGee and Fort Campbell’s Micah Johnson are expected to fight it out for the title.

Lewis said McGee would have to make up some weight in the deadlift if he expects to overtake Johnson Saturday. McGee was fourth last year and will try and become the first Trigg heavyweight since Stacey Thomas in 1987 to win a state title.

According to Lewis, the key for Saturday’s meet will be depth.

Trinity had 16 lifters finish in the top six of their respective class last year, compared to 11 for Trigg County and six for third place Madisonville.

The Wildcats will try and continue the success they’ve enjoyed at past state meets. Since 1983, Trigg County has a state meet record of 122-40 (.753).

"We just need to get our guys on the bus Saturday and go lift. It will be nice to have all of our lifters at the meet," Lewis said.
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