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"Pretty good first meet," said first-year head powerlifting coach David Wilbanks.

The Arp High School "Iron" Tigers began their 2023 campaigns with strong showings by both boys and girls at the Tyler Legacy Red Raider Invitational tournament Thursday.

The Arp boys shined by taking home 2nd place out of eight teams that included five larger schools in Tyler Legacy, Lindale, Tyler High, Whitehouse, and Chapel Hill.  The other three were Arp, West Rusk, and Troup.

Our Tigers had three lifters win their respective weight classes, two more take second in their division, and another nab a third place finish.

Take a look:

NamePlaceWeight Class
Zach Garrett3rd132 lb.
Jacob Miller9th148 lb.
Clayton Williams10th148 lb.
Jaydon Spradlin2nd165 lb.
Wyatt Hurst5th165 lb.
Thomas Fuller1st181 lb.
Antonio Ponce2nd181 lb.
Will Sanford8th181 lb.
Hunter Nash1st198 lb.
Emmanuel Ponce5th198 lb.
Chris Jenkins8th220 lb.
Bryce Everett1stSuper Heavyweight

The Lady Tigers wound up sixth overall as a team.

They had six participants with top five finishes in their weight class, including a second, and a third.

Below is how they fared:

NamePlaceWeight Class
Journey Hawkins5th105 lb.
Presley Johnson5th114 lb.
Kate Paz5th123 lb.
Crimson Phipps9th123 lb.
Molly Mwamba2nd132 lb.
Brianna Hammack6th132 lb.
Eliauna Van Heise5th148 lb.
Lillie Haskins11th148 lb.
De'Asia Green7th165 lb.
Madelyne Eaton3rd198 lb.

With a little hardware under their belt the Arp boys will have ten days to prepare for the Troup Quadrangular a week from Monday.

The girls head to Troup on  Thursday Jan. 26 for the quad.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers host their own second annual invitational on Thursday Feb. 2 at Arp High School's John Mills Parker Gymnasium.