On Friday, boys weightlifters from across the State hit the weights down in Kissimmee, and the prize? A State Championship. The biggest story of this year's Class 1A State Championships was arguably Altha lifter Ronnie Tucker, who was looking for his third straight State Title, this year, in the 139 weight class. Less then two dozen lifters have won three or more titles, including just one lifter from the Panhandle.
Today, Tucker joined that elite group, winning his third straight State Championship by boasting a 300 pound bench, the best bench in his weight class by 35 pounds, and clean and jerking 255, adding up to to a total of 555 pounds, a mark that gave him first place by 45 pounds. Tucker's teammate Tristan Griffin also placed today, taking 2nd in the 169 weight class.
Arnold High School finished tied for third at Friday's 1A Meet, with Kris Sipe winning Gold in the 199 class with a total of 660 pounds. Zack Riley finished 3rd, while Danny Anderson finished fourth to become the first Marlin to place all four years at State.
Other winners? From Sneads, Reginald Creal took 4th in the 199 Class, Vernon's Jay Padgett finished first in the 183 weight class, lifting a combined 620 pounds in the bench press and the clean and jerk. Vernon's Brandon Malloy takes 5th in the 169 Class, while fellow Jacket Ryan Malloy finished 6th in the 139 weight class.
North Bay Haven's Gavyn Collins takes 5th in the 129 weight class, totaling 425 pounds.