New Richmond girl powerlifters take second place at state meet
Nine of the 11 New Richmond powerlifters who competed in the Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association State Championships at Osceola over the weekend were state placewinners.
That strong performance helped the New Richmond girls place second in the Division 2 competition for schools with enrollments of 400-1,000.Tiger coach Brian Kaczmarski called it “a special weekend,” with all eight New Richmond girls achieving personal best lifts at the state meet.The top five lifters in each category made the state awards podium and four Tiger girls got their moment of glory on the awards stand.Three Tigers achieved fourth place finishes at state. Taylor Klemmensen placed fourth in the 123-pound weight class with total lifts of 720 pounds. Bethany Haag was able to take fourth in the 148-pound class, with lifts totaling 770 pounds. Sabrina Keyes was the fourth place finisher in the 198-pound class, with total lifts of 780 pounds.Vickie Holbrook was a fifth place winner at state in the 105-pound class. Her lifts totaled 530 pounds.Also placing for the Tiger girls were Sabrina Stacken, who placed seventh in the 181-pound class with 760 pounds of lifts; Tamarah Clemmens, who placed eighth in the 148-pound class with 720 pounds of lifts, and Maddy Riemenschneider, who placed 10th in the 132-pound class with 675 pounds in lifts.Laura Lindahl just missed placing in the 181-pound class, with 705 pounds of lifts.Three Tiger boys competed in the state meet. Dillon McKenna just missed making the podium, taking sixth place in the 148-pound class. He had 1,010 pounds in lifts. Senior Allan Wollenberg placed 10th in the 65-pound division with 1,160 pounds of lifts. Brendan Maki missed out on placing in the 165-pound class, finishing with 1,080 pounds in lifts.Kaczmarski said one of the gratifying moments of the meet was when Wollenberg reached a career goal.“Allan’s worked his tail off. He finally got the 500-pound deadlift he’s been searching for his whole career,” Kaczmarski said.The season isn’t over for the Tigers. Twelve Tigers are scheduled to compete in the United States Amateur Powerlifting High School National Championships on March 28-30 in Killeen, Texas. Kaczmarski said the team is chartering a bus for the trip, which will be a 22-hour trip.