After narrowing the margin between them at the last two state meets, Wildcat coach Coby Lewis thought Trigg was in great position to claim their first overall state title in seven years but again fell short by a handful of points Saturday at the 27th Annual Kentucky State Powerlifting Meet in Elizabethtown.
Trigg County’s 91 points were nine behind Trinity and 16 more than third place Madisonville at the 25 team event at Central Hardin High School.
Two years ago, the margin between Trinity and Trigg County was 53 points. Last year it was dwindled to 22 points, which gave Lewis hopes of toppling the Class 4A Shamrocks.
"We had a shot to win it, but we just didn’t seal the deal," Lewis said. "This is the strongest group of kids to ever attend TCHS, but we had several people that did not have good lifts."
Trigg County had five individual state champions, extending to 22 the number of consecutive years the Wildcats have produced at least one state champ. Since 1984, Trigg County has had 54 individual state champions.
Among the state champions was Taylor McGee in the heavyweight division. The junior became the first Wildcat lifter since Stacey Thomas in 1987 to win that class at the state meet.
"My hat goes off to him. Three weeks ago, he looked to be well behind Micah Johnson of Fort Campbell, but he has worked really hard in the weight room," Lewis said.
McGee’s total weight of 1,030 pounds was the highest total of any class at the meet and was 20 more than Johnson’s lift.
McGee, who finished fourth at last year’s state meet, also had the highest bench press at the meet at 405 pounds, which was also 20 more than Johnson. Both lifters cleared 625 in the dead lift.
Kewanis Kennedy repeated as champion in the 145-pound division with a total lift of 785 pounds, which also garnered him the meet’s Outstanding Lifter Award because he lifted more than five-and-a-half times his own body weight.
Kennedy’s total was 70 pounds more than Trinity’s David Beatty.
Devin Wilson repeated as state champion in the 125-pound class with a total lift of 660 pounds and was second to Kennedy for the Outstanding Lifter Award.
Wilson’s total was 60 pounds more than Trinity’s Tommy Millett, who finished second.
Dennis Acree also repeated as state champion in the 135-pound class, with a total lift of 695 pounds. His total was 20 more than second place finisher Kevin Mudd.
R.T. Bacon tied with Madisonville’s Terry Wright for top honors in the 165-pound class with a lift of 795 pounds, but won the state title because he weighed a half-pound less than Wright.
Steven Wadlington finished second in the 205-pound class to Trinity Freshman Jeff Krawiec.
Wadlington’s total of 905 pounds was 35 less than Krawiec, who had a bench press of 340 pounds.
Wadlington tried to win the title with a dead lift of 665 pounds but couldn’t complete the lift, settling for a dead lift high of 625 pounds.
"It’s hard to be disappointed when you score 91 points. We had several kids that gave all-star performances," Lewis said.
Barron Adams took fourth place in the 125-pound class, while seventh grader Ricky Hamilton placed sixth with a total lift of 545 pounds.
"I can never remember a seventh grader placing at the state meet," said Lewis, a veteran of state powerlifting meets himself.
Freshman Scottie Mayes placed sixth in the 135-pound class with a total lift of 615 pounds.
Also finishing sixth was Frank Russell in the 175-pound class with a total lift of 800 pounds.
Madisonville’s Clyde Bryant won the division, which Lewis called one of the strongest, with a total of 835 pounds.
A couple of seniors placed at the state meet for the first time.
Montre Diggs was fourth in the 185-pound class with a total lift of 820 pounds, while Pierre Grubbs was sixth in the 220-pound class with a total of 815 pounds. Both lifters helped their cause by scoring personal bests in the dead lift.
If Trigg County can take some consolation out of their finish Saturday, they did claim their fourth straight Class 2A title after winning eight consecutive 1A titles.
Trigg’s 91 points was well ahead of second place Butler County’s 22 points.