The Wildcats’ total score of 61 was second only to Trinity, who won their fifth straight overall state title with 97 points.
Trigg County had three lifters win individual titles, including senior Devin Wilson, who won his third state title in four years.
Wilson won the 125-pound class with a total lift of 640 pounds and joins Al Baker, Edgar McGee, Tim Ladd, and Greg Bridges as three-time state champions.
“Devin is a very special lifter. I think the other schools are ready to see him go,” TCHS coach Coby Lewis said.
Taylor McGee won the heavyweight division for the second straight year and established a new state bench press record in the process.
McGee’s bench press of 435 pounds broke the old mark of 430 set by Prestonsburg’s Jeremy Caudill in 2000.
Coaches and spectators paused to watch McGee break the record with relative ease.
“The entire meet stopped, and everyone there stopped to watch him. It was a very emotional time, and he received a huge applause after breaking the record,” Lewis said.
McGee lifted a total of 1,030 pounds on the day, 85 pounds shy of Caudill’s overall record for the heavyweight class.
“Not bad considering he was sick just a couple of days before the meet,” Lewis pointed out.
McGee now owns six school records, including squat (580 pounds) and total lift (1,665 pounds).
Sophomore Scotty Mayes also brought home his first state title, winning the 145-pound class with a total lift of 740 pounds. His total was just 45 pounds shy of the state mark set by former Wildcat Kewanis Kennedy last year.
“Scotty works as hard as anyone in the weight room and it showed with him winning a very tough class,” Lewis said.
Sophomore A.J. Bridges took second place in the 155-pound class with a total lift of 725 pounds.
Teammates Barron Adams, A.J. Oliver, and Robert Sholar all finished in the top ten in that class.
Junior Devin Herndon took third place in the 195-pound class with a total lift of 835 pounds.
Jamaal Boyd took fourth place in the 220-pound class despite joining the team just days after the basketball season ended. Boyd’s total lift was 775 pounds, despite weighing 205 pounds.
Freshman Phillip Cansler finished fifth in the 125-pound class with a total lift of 495 pounds.
Eighth grader Ricky Hamilton was sixth in the 135-pound class with a total take of 610 pounds
Also taking sixth place was Greg Acree in the 145-pound class with a lift of 670 pounds and Jason Olin in the 165-pound class with a lift of 740 pounds.
In the heavyweight division, Jeff Adams was seventh at 885 pounds, while freshman Henry Wharton was tenth.
“Our freshmen and eighth graders did really well. Things are really looking bright for these guys in the future,” Lewis said.
After winning four straight Class A titles from 1998-2001, the Wildcats have reeled off five straight Class 2A titles.
Trigg County has finished in the top three places overall for a state-record 24 straight years and have an overall lift record of 906-93 for a winning percentage of .907.