KENTON — The Vandalia-Butler Powerlifting team coached by Larry Pacifico made its 20th trip to the Ohio High School Powerlifting Championships in Kenton on Saturday, March 11. This marks the 30th year the championships were in Kenton.
Over the past 20 years, teams coached by Pacifico have produced 35 state championships and 30 state records.
This year, Vandalia-Butler entered 10 lifters in various weight classes who get a combined score on three lifts: squat, bench press, and dead lift.
In the boys division, Colt Frogge lifted in the 145 pound class and placed seventh with lifts of 310-175-300 for a total of 785. Nick Hedleston, who has only lifted for five months, placed 15th in the 165 pound class with lifts of 280-145-320 for a total of 725 pounds.
In the 210 pound class Bryce Frogge placed fifth with lifts of 475-275-420 for a total of 1,170 pounds.
Gerron Elam, who also just started lifting five months ago, won the 195 pound class with lifts of 510-260-535 for a total of 1,305 pounds. In the 225 pound class, Ronnie Wallace lifted 600-220-510 for a total of 1,330 which placed second.
Tyler Hoops had lifts of 550, 600, and 600 disqualified by the referees and finished the meet with a 245 bench press and a 500 dead lift.
In the girls division, Morton eighth grader Adeline Solomon took third place in the 115 pound class with lifts of 200-85-200 for a total of 485 pounds in her first-ever competition. Also competing for the first time was Kelsi Hoops and Hayden Edgell.
Kelsi, a junior in the 145 pound class, set four state records with lifts of 415-155-350 for a total of 920 pounds. Hayden, a sophomore lifting at 175 pounds, lifted 375-150-300 for a total of 825 pounds.
Afterwards, Hoops took a fourth attempt in the dead lift to increase her state record by 10 pounds. She walked up to the bar and easily pulled the 360 pounds with an estimated 500 spectators cheering her on.