ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Centre High School powerlifting team placed third in the state meet, Saturday in Bushton.
The meet was hosted by Quivira Heights, and had 28 schools participating.
“It’s not sanctioned by the KSHAA (Kansas State High School Activities Association), but they invite all 1A schools from across Kansas,” lifting coach Bud Peterson said.
Centre trailed only Quivira Heights and Jetmore, which came with a much larger contingent of lifters than the Cougars did.
“We were supposed to take 10, but Eric Peterson was hurt, so he didn’t get to go,” Peterson said. “We did really well, though.”
Curtis Gutsch led the team, placing first in the 198-pound class. Gutsch placed first in squat (400 pounds), first in power clean (300), and fourth in bench (250).
Bryant Gutsch, lifting in the 123-pound class, placed second overall. Gutsch was second in squat (225), second in power clean (195), and second in bench (150).
Placing second overall in his weight classes was Travis Burns, who was fourth in squat (320), second in power clean (250), and second in bench (225).
Earning fourth place in the 156-pound category was Todd Stahlecker. He was fourth in squat (325), fourth in power clean (240) and fifth in bench (195).
Fifth place in the 169-pound class was Mark Pagenkopf, who was fourth in squat (320), and fourth in bench (235).
Brent Carlson placed fifth in power clean (185) and sixth in squat (235).
Tad Remy placed first in the 165-pound category in squat.
“With the small number of people we took, we were real happy with how we did,” Peterson said.