MAPLEWOOD — The Kasson-Mantorville High School Powerlifting Team on Saturday competed in the first Minnesota High School Powerlifting State Meet. The meet had lifters competing from 13 different schools.
The girls team took home the first state championship, in second was St Francis, and third Duluth East. The boys team finished in second, behind Osseo and ahead of Moorhead.
Jisela Gonzalez started us out in the 123 class, Olivia Frantatina in 148, Daniela Villagrana in 187 and Madi Michlog in 198 all took firsts in the girls side of the meet.
Gonzalez squatted 143, benched 71, deadlifted 242 for a total of 457 pounds. Frantatina squatted 203, benched 99, and deadlifted 242, for a total of 545 pounds. Michlog squatted 104, benched 82, and deadlifted 181, for a total of 369. Villagrana squatted 187, benched 115, and deadlifted 292, for a total of 595. Also, Mackenzie Edgar, in the 165 class, squatted 137, benched 82, and deadlifted 237, for a total of 457.
Frantatina finished in third and Gonzalez fourth for overall best lifter of the meet. They also broke many state records, and qualified for the Raw National Tournament.
For the High School boys, Noah Iverson took first in the 242 class, totaling 1,146 pounds and was in second place for best overall lifter of the meet. In the same class, Jackson Serwa took second with 1,041 pounds. Brendan Marquez, 181 class, totaled 892 pounds to take second; if he would have gotten his last deadlift up clean he would have taken first.
Collin Johnson, 220 class, totaled 876 pounds for fifth place.
In the 9th and 10th grade division, Bailey Meyers took first in the 132 class with a total of 722 pounds. Ben Rossopoulus (595 pounds) was second and Nick Westphal third (385 pounds) in the 148 class. Lukas Bodenstab was second in the 165 class (810 pounds). Trenton Kruger was first in the 198 class (970 pounds) and Luke Seljeseth (970 pounds) was first in 275 class.
Five eighth-grade boys competed in the youth division and were only able to set state records. Dietrich Clark totaled 551 pounds, Logan Holmes 540 pounds, Payton Bendickson 457 pounds, Logan Bolin 622 pounds, and Adam Baker 440 pounds.
"This was a great experience for us, competing in the first Minnesota State Meet," coach Cori Ronnenberg said. "I see this meet growing every year, and we should see way more teams their next year."
The team will compete next Feb. 18 in Necedah, Wis.