Photo courtesy WHS Powerlifting
POWERFUL—Members of the WHS Powerlifting Team (row 1, L-R) junior Matt Ruesch; seniors Brock Walker and Madison Hollingshead; juniors Dillon Gard, (row 2)  Jenna Sayler and Rachel Doll; seniors Raylynn Rohrer and Samantha King; sophomore Jamie Thomas; seniors Ben Weidner, Riely Cowles and Payton Lester; (row 3) sophomore Macy Skiles; junior Jakayla Burglar; seniors Jackson Wilson and Ben Schelhaas; juniors Peyton Nieuwsma and Carson Wilson; (row 4)  sophomore Brandon Dickens; junior Garret Mayer and seniors Daniel Yanes and Trevor Burkhart; coaches Michael Frericks and Jamin Ratzlaff display their medals and trophy from the O’Gorman meet.

Warrior powerlifters take second at O’Gorman meet
Several competitors finish in top five at event

By Mariah Jones

Warrior powerlifting team members took second overall at the 15-team O’Gorman Powerlifting Invitational Jan. 27 at O’Gorman High School.

The Warrior team scored 42 points for second. Host O’Gorman won the meet with an overall score of 47.

Individually, WHS had several competitors place in the top five, including every female athlete on the team. Senior Madison Hollingshead won the girls heavyweight division with a total lift of 895 pounds and senior Brock Walker won the 182 pound division for the boys. Seniors Riley Cowles and Ben Schelhaas went one and two in the 205 pound group, respectively.
Seniors Raylynn Rohrer, Trevor Burkhart and Daniel Yanes each earned a third place medal in their respective weight groups, as well. 

Hollingshead was proud of her team.

“To prepare, I was always in the weight room and did every set and rep I was told, no matter how painful or how much Mr. (coach Jason) Stahlberg and the other coaches laughed at me!”

 Coach Michael Frericks said, overall, it was a great meet for the Warriors. 

“Every athlete competed hard and displayed the Warrior mentality,” Frericks said. “This was a great warm-up meet for state, which takes place at the beginning of March.” 

The Warriors took second, overall, at state last season. Frericks said their goal is to improve that finish this season.


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