Roundup: Kinsler, Cook win weightlifting titles
GHS sends five wrestlers to the state meet next week
Published: Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 12:15 a.m.
Gainesville High junior Jessica Kinsler and Bradford's Samantha Cook were repeat champions Saturday at the state girls weightlifting championships at the Kissimmee Civic Center.
Kinsler again won the 154-pound division with a 400 total: a 225 bench and 175 clean and jerk. Kinsler's 225-pound bench broke her previous state record set last year at 210.
“Jessica set the bar high this year,” GHS coach Steve Bauer said. “She went into the state tournament not only to win it all but to break her own state record, which she did.” Cook brings home another trophy in the unlimited division.
Morgan Boettcher, of Keystone Heights, finished second in unlimited while GHS's Janice Kinsler and Breanna Thomas each placed fourth in the 129 and 169-pound class, respectively.
WRESTLING: Gainesville High School qualified five wrestlers from the Class 2A, Region 1 meet Saturday at Matanzas High School to next week's state meet. The Hurricanes finished second as a team behind Tallahassee Lincoln.
Moving to state at the Lakeland Civic Center are Traevon O'Neil, who finished second at 106 pounds, Jon Gardner, the champion at 120 pounds, Matt Tamayo, third at 132, Thomas Herlevich, fourth at 145 pounds and Wade Jones, third at 170. Only the top-four finishers from each weight class move on to state.
“We didn't wrestle to our potential on the first day,” GHS coach Ryland Wagner said. “But we came back strong. We had seven guys still alive on the second day and within striking distance of first.
“But we dropped matches we shouldn't have. They only give out two (team) trophies, and, if you come home with one of them you are doing good.”
In the Class 3A-Region 1 meet, Buchholz had one champion, Deondre Neal at heavyweight.