Bobcat powerlifters dominant during first tourney
Basehor-Linwood looked in midseason form Saturday at Royal Valley Powerlifting Invitational as it won the competition by nearly 100 points.
Basehor-Linwood scored 132 points and Tonganoxie finished second with 38 points.
Points are awarded during the meet for each place that a lifter records. The most points being given for a first-place finish with scoring running through sixth place.
BLHS lifters performed well in the hang clean.
Melissa Seaman lifted 185 pounds in the clean and Megan Rehm lifted 180 in the event.
“Those are phenomenal numbers for the girls,” coach Ross Schwisow said. “We had six girls hang clean over 150 points. In the entire meet, there were eight girls who cleaned more than 150 pounds. The girls do very well with that lift. We stress that movement the most. It is a movement for athleticism. That is what we try to focus on and work at. We are pretty pleased with that.”
Alyssa Rucker placed first in the 105-pound weight class for total lift and squat. Dakkota Edmonds placed first in the clean for the 105-pound weight class. Shelby Miles placed first in the 105-pound division in the bench press. Shelby Equels placed first in the 114-pound class for total lift, bench and clean. Lauren Klem placed first in the 114-pound weight class in the squat. Haylee Matthews placed first in the 123-pound class for total lift, bench, squat and clean. Kayla Peterson placed first in the 132-pound class for total lift, bench, squat and clean. Seaman placed first in the 148-pound class for total lift, squat and clean. Rehm placed first in the 156-pound class for total lift and clean.
Although the BLHS girls rolled to a first-place finish, the Bobcat boys placed second as a team. Topeka High edged BLHS, 94-93.
Basehor-Linwood had five individuals win their weight classes, and Topeka had three individual weight class champions.
The Bobcats individual lifters in the meet included Austin Schoepflin who placed first in the 123-pound class for total weight lifted, clean, squat and bench. Brady Blackwood placed first in the 132-pound class in the clean. Miles Brown placed first in the 148-pound class in the squat. Bobby Courtney placed first in the 156-pound class for total weight, bench and squat. Brandon Eberth placed first in the 173-pound class for total lift and bench. Justin McLaughlin placed first in the 242-pound class for total weight and squat. Chris Giomi placed first in the heavyweight class for total weight and clean.
Basehor-Linwood will play host to the Bobcat Powerlifting Invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday in the BLHS gymnasium. The tournament will have 20 to 25 schools competing, with more than 320 weightlifters scheduled to compete.
The Bobcats will have 45 volunteer judges helping with the tournament with lot of former alumni returning to help with the meet.
“They get excited and get to see the new kids lifting, which is a neat atmosphere to it,” Schwisow said.
Meet admission is free, but donations are requested to help student Jake Potts pay medical bills.