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New Richmond powerlifters out to great start

Wyatt Carper is shown completing one of his lifts at the recent powerlifting meet at Osceola. Submitted photo1 / 3
Lydia Anderson is shown competing in the squat portion of the recent meet at Osceola.2 / 3
Josiah Hanson is shown as he attempts a deadlift at the meet at Osceola.3 / 3

With 19 lifters who have already qualified for the 2018 state meet, this looks like another bountiful season for the New Richmond High School powerlifting team.

And with three more meets where Tiger lifters can qualify for state, the Tigers are hoping they can nearly double that number of state qualifiers before the state meet in March.

The Tigers have competed in two meets and they still have meets in Holmen, Elk Mound and Whitehall before the state competition on the second weekend in March. There is added incentive for lifters this year, because the national championships will also be held in Wisconsin.

The team's most recent competition was on Jan. 13 at Osceola. The first meet of the season was at River Falls in December.

Coach Brian Kaczmarski said the Tigers compete in one of the strongest regions in the state for powerlifting. He said the Tigers are challenged in every meet with River Falls, Elk Mound and Osceola supplying strong competition. The Tiger boys finished in second place in both the meets this season. The Tiger girls took third place at River Falls and moved up to second place at Osceola.

Powerlifting continues to boom at NRHS. This season, there are 73 lifters on the team. Among them are 35 students who are new to the sport. There are so many lifters that three shifts of practices are held to accommodate all the lifters safely.

Kaczmarski said there are at least 15 lifters who still have legitimate chances of qualifying for state in the three upcoming regional meets.

Kaczmarski said many of the new lifters have adapted to the sport quickly. He listed Hannah Jensen, Audrey Ahlness, Abbie Modesette and Jacob Crowson among the new lifters who have done well in their first months in the sport.

Among the returning lifters, Kaczmarski said junior Wyatt Carper has taken the biggest steps in his improvement since last season.

Here are the lifters who have qualified for state thus far, along with the weight class in which they have qualified.

Boys

Charlie Thibodeau - 123

Declan Gubrud - 132

Cole Birch - 132

Josiah Hanson - 132

Anthony Belmont - 132

Brandon Haag - 198

Tanner Carver - 198

Matt Kukacka - 220

Wyatt Carper - 220

Evan Derrick - 275

Girls

Payton Casey - 105

Alannah Burke - 123

Lydia Anderson - 148

Kyla Hatzenbeler - 181

Lauren Hildebrandt - 181

Hannah Minke - 198

Abby McNitt - 181, 198

Sierra Keyes - 198

Laura White - 198

Dave Newman

Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.

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