Twelve Wildcat weightlifters qualified for spots in the selection process for the state tournament during the final sectional meet for the 1A section April 5 at BCHS.
Matanzas, Eastside, Palatka, Pedro Menendez, Keystone, Santa Fe, Bradford, Union, Fort White, Oak Hall and Baker County competed for slots in the state tournament. Lifters who placed in the top four qualified for a chance to go to state.
Coach Scott McDonald explained the way that lifters were chosen for the tournament: “The first place finisher gets the automatic bid to the state meet. The other lifters placing in the top four have their totals put in a pool with the other sections around the state to see if they are one of the top ten totals left in their weight class from around the state to get a bid to the state meet. Hopefully we will get that list by the end of the day today. I am looking for us to send 9 or 10 to the state meet.”
Dalton Jackson placed third in the 129-pound weight class. Brian Goldsmith was second place in the 139 class. In the 154 class, Dalton Dyal placed third.
Darius Green won the 169 class with Rickie Tharpe in second place. Hunter Sullivan won the 183 class and Talmadge Turner was second.
In the 199 class, Kendrick Singleton placed second and Josh Smallwood was fourth place.
Jeremy Wannamaker won the 219 class and Terry Givens was first place in the 238 class. Blake Mills won the heavyweight classification.
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