New Richmond's Pat Kletschka wins state, national powerlifting titles
Pat Kletschka: national champion.
Kletschka, a New Richmond High School senior, earned that title on Sunday when he won the 220-pound championship at the 2012 USA Powerlifting National Championships at Wisconsin Dells.
Kletschka amassed 1,553 pounds of lifts to win his national title, finishing 55 pounds ahead of a lifter from South Dakota. Kletschka was one of six Tigers who competed in the national meet.
Kletschka won the national title two weeks after winning the Wisconsin state title at 220 pounds.
Kletschka won the national title with lifts of 633 pounds in the squat, 320 pounds in the bench and 600 pounds in the deadlift. His squat and bench lifts were both personal best weights. His deadlift locked up his national title. He was one of four Wisconsin lifters to win varsity male national championships.
With his national championship, Kletschka now has the chance to compete in the Powerlifting World Championships. He has the chance to compete on Team USA at the world championships in Poland in August.
Last year Kletschka placed sixth at the national tournament. Bryan Greene, a senior last year, was a state champion and second place finisher at the national meet.
Five Tigers placed in the top 10 in their class at nationals and all six recorded personal best lifts.
Senior Boyd Stacken set personal best lifts with a 230-pound bench and a 490-pound deadlift in the 198-pound varsity class.
Senior Jackie Chilsen placed ninth in the girls varsity 123-pound division. Her best lift was a 253-pound squat, the best squat total in the three-year history of the Tiger program.
Three Tiger sophomores competed in the JV national competition. Freshmen and sophomores can only compete at the JV level.
Bethany Haag took fifth place in the girls 148 pound division. Her best lifts were a 315-pound deadlift and a 248 pound squat.
Maddy Reimenschneider placed seventh in the girls 123-pound division. She set a personal record with a 203-pound squat.
Allan Wollenberg placed seventh in the boys 148-pound division. His best lift was a 405-pound deadlift.
In addition to Kletschka's individual championship, the New Richmond boys placed fourth and the Tiger girls took fifth in the team competition at the 2012 USAPL state meet.
Kletschka dominated the 220-pound class at state, winning the class by 85 pounds. He rose to the occasion, setting personal best marks in all three lifts (squat 615 pounds, bench 290 pounds and deadlift 615 pounds).
When Kletschka was able to lift 585 pounds in his second deadlift attempt, he knew he had the state title secured. The second place finisher would have needed to lift 680 pounds to catch him. Knowing he had that much margin for error, Kletschka took aim at the 13-year old state deadlift record in his final lift. The state record was 610 pounds, so Kletschka had 615 pounds put on the bar, even though he's never deadlifted more than 600 pounds.
"I have never seen the focus he had before that lift," Paletta said, saying Kletschka went out for the lift with a confidence and swagger he's rarely shown before. "Pat does not say much and he is the most humble and respectful young man you will ever meet. Pat deserves every ounce of success that he has had because he has put the time in."
Last year's Tiger state champion, Bryan Greene, worked with Kletschka this year in the mental preparation leading up to meets.
Stacken finished seventh in the 198-pound boys weight class. He also recorded personal bests in all three weights, with lifts of: squat 530 pounds, bench 220 pounds and deadlift 485 pounds.
"Boyd came out of his shell at that meet," Paletta said. "We are fortunate because Boyd will come back next year to help us coach because he is attending college locally. What a special young man."
Stacken was one of the Tigers who benefitted when the team received a large equipment donation from former national powerlifting champion Shawn Cain of New Richmond. Stacken used one of the squat suits donated by Cain during the state meet.
Wollenberg finished 18th in one of the most competitive classes at the state meet, the 148-pound class. He finished with 915 pounds of lifts, from a 350-pound squat, a 160-pound bench press and a 405-pound dead lift. His deadlift was the fifth highest in his weight class.
The top finishers for the Tiger girls were Chilsen and Reimenschneider, who both took 10th place in their weight classes.
Chilsen moved up a weight class to help the team, taking 10th in the 132-pound class. She finished with 595 pounds, including 245 in the squat, 100 in the bench and 250 in the deadlift. Her squat and deadlift were personal records.
Reimenshneider totaled 545 pounds in the 123-pound class. Her lifts included squat 195, bench 105 and deadlift 245.
Haag took 15th in the 148-pound bracket. She had personal bests in all three lifts, giving her a total of 640 pounds for the meet. Her lifts included a squat of 235 pounds, a bench of 105 pounds and a deadlift of 300.
Emily Swetlik competed as state, finishing with the fifth highest deadlift in her class with a 315-pound lift.