Sun All-Area boys weightlifting team

Published: Friday, June 1, 2012 at 10:22 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 1, 2012 at 10:22 a.m.

First team

119- Marcus Windler, Dixie County, senior: Posted a 330 total to place first at the FWC (Football Weightlifting Conference) championship meet.

129- Hiram Walker, Gainesville, junior: District 2-2A champion placed 10th at the Class 2A state meet with a 435 total.

139- Eric Walker, Suwannee, sophomore: District 2-1A runner up finished 15th at the Class 1A state meet with a 420 total.

154- John McCormick, Keystone Heights, senior: Finished second at the District 4-1A meet; posted a 525 total to place seventh at the Class 1A state meet.

169- Kevin Wilson, Gainesville, senior: Placed third at the District 2-2A meet with a 525 total.

183- Jason Roughton, Buchholz, junior: District 2-2A champion finished 12th at the Class 2A state meet with a 580 total.

199- Nick Verschaeve, Keystone Heights, senior: District 4-1A champion, posted a 685 total and placed second after the weigh-in tiebreaker at the Class 1A state meet.

219- Jared Makatura, Interlachen, sophomore: District 4-1A runner up after weigh-in tiebreaker, put up a 685 total to win the Class 1A state title; 2011 state champ at the 199-pound class.

238- Javere Smith, Columbia, junior: District 2-2A runner up, finished 12th at the Class 2A state meet with a 605 total.

Heavyweight- Justin Kientz, Buchholz, senior: Placed fourth at the District 2-2A meet and posted a 625 total to place 14th at the Class 2A state meet.

Second team

119- Brad Mitchell, Buchholz, sophomore: Placed first at the city championship tri-meet with a 310 total.

129- Dillon Gordon, Eastside, senior: Posted a 385 total to place 13th at the Class 1A state meet.

139- Orrin Hunter, Gainesville, junior: Finished second at the District 2-2A meet with a 410 total.

154- Antonio Pelham, Columbia, junior: District 2-2A champion, placed 17th at the Class 2A state meet with a 475 total.

169- Ra'kheem Hoyt, Newberry, junior: Placed first at FWC (Football Weightlifting Conference) championship meet with a 490 total.

183- Drew Clark, Columbia, junior: District 2-2A runner up posted a 580 total to finish 13th at the Class 2A state meet.

199- Phillip James, Bradford, junior: The Sun's 2012 wrestler of the year placed third at the District 4-1A meet with a 640 total, Class 1A state meet qualifier.

219- Brandon Cunnigham, Williston, sophomore: District 5-1A champion, turned in a 545 total to finish 14th at the Class 1A state meet.

238- Keith Neal, Williston, sophomore: District 5-1A champion with a 570 total, Class 1A state meet qualifier.

Heavyweight- Jonathan Dupree, Fort White, senior: Glenville State College football signee was the District 4-1A runner up and posted a 615 total to finish 14th at the Class 1A state meet.

Honorable mention: 119- Willie Woody, Gainesville, junior; 129- Joe Levine, Buchholz, sophomore; Deshawn Roland, Chiefland, sophomore; 139- Collin Schramm, Buchholz, sophomore; Darrien Garner, Gainesville, senior; Donte Ward, Interlachen, senior; 154- Laramie Crawford, Chiefland, senior; Daniel Ferguson, Gainesville, senior; Harrison Smith, Hawthorne, junior; D.J. Nipper, Hawthorne, junior; 169- Austin Williams, Chiefland, junior; Raymond Everett, Dixie County, senior; Brandon Butler, Hawthorne, sophomore; Brandon Faulk, Santa Fe, senior; 183- Alphonso Timmons, Chiefland, freshman; Soron Williams, Fort White, senior; Spencer Bauer, Gainesville, sophomore; Travis Markham, Gainesville, junior; Travis Boyette, Newberry, senior; Wes Cain, Santa Fe, senior; David Pettey, Suwannee, senior; 199- Robby McCabe, Chiefland, senior; Adrian Maxwell, Dixie County, junior; Austin Williams, Gainesville, sophomore; 219- Kellen Snider, Fort White, sophomore; Shaq Monahan-Estes, Gainesville, senior; 238- Matt Fuchs, Buchholz, senior; Jake Morrall, Chiefland, sophomore; Chris Waites, Fort White, sophomore; Dustin Griffis, Union County, junior; Heavyweight- Jeremy McClelland, Chiefland, junior; A.J. Kleuss, Fort White, sophomore; Dallvion Parker, Gainesville, senior; Danny Stanford, Hawthorne, junior; James Holcomb, Hawthorne, freshman; Michael Motes, Interlachen, junior.

Coach of the Year: Mike Cullison, Interlachen

Cullison was hired as the new Rams football coach in February and also assumed the coaching duties of the boys weightlifting team. He guided the Rams to a 4-2 dual-meet record. At the FHSAA Class 1A state meet in Kissimmee, Interlachen totaled seven points to finish tied for ninth place with Callahan West Nassau. Jared Makatura earned all seven points as he delivered Interlachen's 13th individual state weightlifting title by winning the 219-pound class. A year ago as a freshman, Makautura won the Class 1A state crown at the 199-pound class and is now the first Rams' lifter to win two consecutive state titles.

Note: The Gainesville Sun all-area teams, lifter of the year and coach of the year were selected by Cliff Olsen with help from area coaches and Sun high school sports editor Larry Savage. If a team is not represented, it is because the coach did not respond to emails sent to the school requesting information and numerous reminders in the newspaper.

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