The Wildcats’ powerlifting team opens their season Saturday (January 12) at the annual Sulphur Springs Meet held at the high school Multipurpose Building. The Wildcats will have 18 lifters competing. Wildcats Powerlifting Coach Casey Jeter highly recommends the Sulphur Springs Meet as a spectator sport. He says it’s a great meet.
Coach Jeter says Wildcats Athletic Director Greg Owens does a great job putting on the meet. He says the coaching staff and others who help put on the meet do a wonderful job. Coach Jeter adds the Sulphur Springs Powerlifting Meet is probably one of the biggest meets in Texas. He expects over 400 lifters, both boys and girls, from more than 30 different schools.
Competition begins Saturday at 8:30 a.m. for the squat. Bench press competition is expected to start after lunch to be followed by dead lift. Coach Jeter says it is exciting to see kids lifting weight way over what you would think they should be able to lift. He uses veteran Wildcats lifter Carson Bridges as an example. Coach Jeter says Bridges, who lifts in the 181-pound weight class, is expected to squat 500 pounds, bench press 300 pounds and dead lift 550 pounds.
He says the Super Heavyweight lifters are popular but he says he finds fun in all classes. Coach Jeter says lifters in the 114-pound weight class may be lifting 3 to 4 times their weight. He says girls in the competition are very passionate about the sport. There will be action at 10 different platforms.
This will be the first meet for just about every school so expect a lot of new competitors to be attempting to establish base lines for each of their lifts.