‘Tis the season of loud grunts, chalk stains and plenty of iron being pumped.
The Brazos powerlifting teams started their season with a trip to the Swamp Strength Meet at Altair Rice High School last Wednesday evening and came away with plenty of positives and areas of improvement.
The Cougars were well-represented on the podiums, helping the team finish sixth overall with the final tallies coming down to minuscule amounts.
Morgan Meador took home sixth from the 148-pound class with a total of 525 pounds lifted with his highest contribution coming from the squat rack at 235 pounds.
Three Brazos lifters competed in the 165-pound weight class with Johnangelo Harvey taking 10th overall with 710 total pounds lifted. Kody Ressler took third with a total of 1015 and Joseph Townsend lifted the most out of the class, pulling 1060 pounds.
From the 181-pound weight class, Clayton Macha took third overall and Jonoah Fonseca finished seventh and Jimmy Spencer bombed out. Macha totaled 795 pounds while Fonseca registered 625 total pounds lifted.
Three more Cougars competed at 198 pounds but Hayden Pearson and Noah Gregory both bombed out. Dillon Arteaga, however, finished third overall with a total amount of 820 pounds, deadlifting 315, bench pressing 190 and squatting 315 pounds.
In addition, Chase Parr bombed out from the unlimited weight class although he registered totals of 315, 250 and 335 in the respective lifts.
All those results gave Brazos 16 team points which put it right on the heels of Columbus (21), Rice (24), Hallettsville (24), Bloomington (28) and first-place La Grange (34).
On the girls’ side, the Cougarettes were led by Karlie Marek who registered a total of 515 pounds with her highest mark coming in the deadlift at 225 pounds, helping her take fifth in her class.
Not far behind her was Jessica Buford, who finished with 505 pounds for sixth in the same class, squatting 225 pounds for her biggest lift. Taking eighth from the 148-pound class was Isabel Henson who ended with a total pull of 425 pounds across a 155-pound deadlift, 70-pound bench press and 200-pound squat.
Finally, Elizabeth Hamilton took fifth in the 181-pound class with 495 total pounds lifted, with a 210-pound squat doing the most damage.
With a pair of fifth-place finishes overall, the Couarettes earned two team points, finishing sixth overall behind Columbus (3), Bloomington (10), Hallettsville (16), La Grange (39) and Rice (57).