Two local athletes compete at State weight lifting competition

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Pictured above is Carson Reece (left) and Jonathan Berry (right) after the USAPL weight lifting state championships on June 1 in St. Louis.


Although it is not a MSHSAA sanctioned sport, two recent Lebanon High School graduates competed at the 2019 Missouri State Championships for USAPL (USA Power Lifting). Some high school teams and colleges around the areas are starting to form official teams.

USA Powerlifting (formerly American Drug Free Powerlifting Association, Inc.) is the leading powerlifting organization in the United States. USA Powerlifting is a member of the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF), the governing body of powerlifting internationally, according to the official website.

Distinct from weightlifting, a sport made up of two lifts: the Snatch and the Clean-and-Jerk, where the weight is lifted above the head, powerlifting comprises three lifts: the Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift. Powerlifting competitions may be comprised of one, two or all three of the lifting disciplines.

Athletes are categorized by sex, age and bodyweight. Each competitor is allowed three attempts at each lift, the best lift in each discipline being added to their total. The lifter with the highest total is the winner. In cases where two or more lifters achieve the same total, the person with the lightest bodyweight wins.
Carson Reece and Jonathan Berry, two recent LHS graduates competed on Saturday, June 1 in St. Louis at the event and performed well.

Reece won first place and was the 2019 state champion in the 205-pound TEEN2 division (16-17 years old), set five new state records in the process, and qualified to compete in the 2019 National Championship Tournament in the TEEN3 division.

Berry competed in the TEEN3 division at 185-pounds and won 2nd in State and also qualified for the National Championship Tournament.

The National tournament will be held in Lombard, Ill. on October 16-20.


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