Panthers battle tough competition at Regional Powerlifting Meet

Thatcher advances with regional title

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The Bullard Panther powerlifting team battled against some of the toughest competition in the sport in Texas last week, as a total of 10 Panthers traveled to compete at the Region 3 Division II Regional Powerlifting Meet, held Thursday, March 9, at Malakoff High School.

After battling against a total of 127 lifters at the Regional meet, one Panther lifter qualified to advance to the upcoming State Boys Powerlifting Meet.

Competing in the 165 pound weight class, Toby Thatcher was able to qualify for the State meet by finishing first with a squat of 550 pounds, bench press of 350 pounds, and deadlift of 500 pounds, for a total weight lifted of 1,400 pounds.

Thatcher will compete next at the State Boys Powerlifting Meet, to be held Saturday, March 25, at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene.

A total of three other Panther lifters also had success at the Regional Powerlifting Meet which allowed them to medal in their weight classes.

Austin Davis competed for the Panthers in the 181 pound weight class, placing third with a squat of 520 pounds, bench press of 330 pounds, and deadlift of 490 pounds, for a total weight lifted of 1,340 pounds.

In the 148 pound weight class, Damion Brown was able to medal after claiming a third place finish with a squat of 460 pounds, bench press of 270 pounds, and deadlift of 380 pounds, for a total weight lifted of 1,110 pounds.

The final Panther lifter to medal at the Regional Powerlifting Meet was Will McCowin, finishing in fourth place in the 132 pound weight class with a squat of 390 pounds, bench press of 170 pounds, and deadlift of 400 pounds, for a total weight lifted of 960 pounds.

Other members of the Panther powerlifting team competing at the Region 3 Division II Regional Powerlifting Meet included Thomas Brooks, Jacob Faulk, Tyce Johnson, Jansen Mattingly, Reece Ricketts, and Landon Warren.

Competing in the 220 pound weight class, Brooks placed sixth with a squat of 490 pounds, bench press of 315 pounds, and deadlift of 465 pounds, for a total amount lifted of 1,270 pounds.

In the 242 pound weight class, Faulk finished in 11th place with a squat of 480 pounds, bench press of 280 pounds, and deadlift of 480 pounds, for a total weight lifted of 1,240 pounds.

Johnson claimed a fifth place finish in the 114 pound weight class with a squat of 245 pounds, bench press of 155 pounds, and deadlift of 275 pounds, for a total amount lifted of 675 pounds.

Competing in the 181 pound weight class, Mattingly placed fifth with a squat of 470 pounds, bench press of 265 pounds, and deadlift of 505 pounds, for a total weight lifted of 1,240 pounds.

Also in the 181 pound weight class for the Panthers was Ricketts, finishing in ninth place with a squat of 400 pounds, bench press of 270 pounds, and deadlift of 415 pounds, for a total amount lifted of 1,085 pounds.

The final Panther competing at the Regional Powerlifting Meet was Warren in the 114 pound weight class, placing eighth with a squat of 215 pounds, bench press of 255 pounds, and deadlift of 255 pounds, for a total weight lifted of 595 pounds.

“I am extremely proud of our boys who represented us at Regionals,” said Jody Allen, BHS powerlifting coach. “They are all a great group of young men. I’m especially happy for Toby Thatcher, who is our Regional champion; he and Austin Davis worked harder than anyone in our program to be successful. They led by example in the weight room.”

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