The Trigg County Wildcat Power lifting team topped off an incredible season with a big overall state championship win at the Kentucky High School State meet. The young team, very strong team went in and “pinched” the mighty Shamrocks of Louisville Trinity High School on “their day,” St. Patrick’s Day, at Central Hardin High School in Radcliff, KY on Saturday. Trigg brought over 40 less lifters than the Louisville school. The Cats scored a record-breaking 112 points (strongest Trigg team ever) and held Trinity to 99 points. This is Trigg’s first Overall State Championship since 1998. They are now 8-time holders of the Overall championship title, the most held in Kentucky by any sized school, and 7-time Class AA champs. Tradition was truly upheld.
The Road to the 8th Overall State championship was rather straightforward. The IronCat Classic proved to be a hint of Trigg’s great potential as they blasted the competition out of the way. The team was prepared for the annual Best of the West meet (which was postponed due to severe winter weather) and dominated at the new dead-lift only meet, a.k.a. Border Wars, in Hopkinsville, KY. The only trouble the team faced occurred a couple weeks before the state meet with the loss of a key lifter due to school-related punishment.
This year’s meet was tougher to win. Weight classes were stronger. The Wildcat lifters had a few teams to look out for this year, besides the prestigious Trinity, Ft. Knox, Madisonville, North Hopkins, Hopkinsville High, and Scott County all had strong teams. There are also some smaller schools that bring “little people” that make a “big difference” in scoring.
Several lifters, eleven total, over half the team, were overweight the night before the meet. Barron Adams, on the other hand, was underweight made a complete class change (10 pounds)! Coaches made sure to get the weight off of the guys and did a much better job this year in resolving this problem earlier on. After weigh-in at 7 A.M., the team took a trip to McDonalds.
Trigg contained an amazing nine projected state champions of 13 weight classes! Coaches also expected some other top finishes to help the team score.
In the 125 lb. class, Philip Cansler, Kody Blick, Eric Keeler, and Landen Burcham all had a chance to score some points for Trigg. Blick and Keeler earned fourth and sixth places and gave Trigg a small boost in scoring.
Trigg had lifters in all classes except the 135 lb. class this year. If they don’t win the class, Trigg usually, at least, scores in it. This could have hurt Trigg, but others made up for the loss.
Robert Sholar took home the 145 lb. state championship after losing 2 lbs. the night before. A. J. Oliver placed 4th in this division and scored some unexpected points.
Scotty Mayes became a two-time state champ when he won the 155 lb. title after winning the 145 class last year. “I’m a state champ!” screamed Mayes while holding 535 lbs in his bare hands. He was Trigg’s only returning champ. He actually tied with Barron Adams, also from Trigg County, but weighed three pounds less, giving him the edge.
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