Arp H.S. boys powerlifting at regional meet

Hosting 89 teams over two days in three regional powerlifting meets, the Arp High School Iron Tigers made sure they kept some hardware home Friday.

Four of the seven young men that earned the right to compete in their home arena, walked away with medals around their necks with two of them as regional champions, advancing to the THSBA state meet in Abilene.

The Tigers' efforts won them the Region 3 Division 3 third place trophy just one point behind second place Sabine, and seven points behind champion Quitman.

Sophomore Bryce Everett continued his outstanding season, raising his personal records on squat, bench press, and total weight lifted to claim gold in the super heavyweight division.

Everett brought up 615 lbs. on the squat, 450 lbs. on bench, and 460 lbs. on dead lift for a grand total of 1,525 lbs, which is 25 lbs. higher than his previous best, and 140 lbs. better than his closest competitor Friday.

Senior Thomas Fuller won the 165 lb. weight class with a 470 lb. squat, 330 lb. bench, and 500 lb. dead lift that totaled 1,300 lbs.  Fuller set a PR on squat, and matched his on bench.

Finishing fourth behind Fuller in that same weight division, was senior Jaydon Spradlin.  He put up a personal best 460 lb. squat while benching 325 lbs., and bringing up 395 lbs. on dead lift for a full day's work of 1,180 lbs.

In the 132 lb. weight class, junior Zach Garrett also wound up fourth by setting a new personal mark on the squat, and tying his best bench press.  Garrett raised his squat record to 375 lbs. to go along with 215 lbs. on bench, and 365 lbs. on dead lift.  Those numbers add up to a 955 lb. total.

Sophomore Antonio Ponce finished eighth in the 181 lb. division, but set new personal records in all exercises and his total with 490 lbs. on squat and dead lift, along with a 310 lb. bench press.

The state meet for Everett and Fuller is set for Friday Mar. 24 at 8:00 a.m. at the Taylor County Coliseum in Abilene.