(Posted March 29, 2019)
Madison-Plains High School’s powerlifting club took 49 students to Kenton High School March 16 for the 32nd Annual Bill McClain Ohio State Powerlifting Meet.
By the end of the long day, Madison-Plains students had made school history. For the first time, both the girls’ and boys’ teams earned state championship titles.
“What an accomplishment, setting the bar for future state championships,” said Mike Siders, who coaches the team with Paul Bryant.
Out of the 49 Madison-Plains students who competed, 34 earned medals, including three girls who finished as individual state champs in their respective weight classes: Rachel Guiette at 115 pounds, Bradan Mast at 125 pounds, and Sam Powell at 195 pounds.
Additionally, Guiette broke the state deadlift record in her weight class, pulling 290 pounds, beating the previous record by five pounds.
“When I first started powerlifting, it was me and about five other girls,” said Guiette, a senior who has been on the team for three years. “The program has grown tremendously in the short time I have been a part of it, and I am so grateful I decided to join.
“I am extremely blessed to be a state champion and the first-ever lifter from Madison-Plains to set a state record in powerlifting,” Guiette continued. “Being a state champion has always been my goal and is something we have all wanted as a team, as well.”
Seniors Isaac Puckett and Bradan Mast joined Guiette in expressing their pride in the program’s accomplishments as a whole.
“It is a great feeling making school history my senior year,” said Puckett, who has placed at state three years in a row and been part of four state-placing teams. “Bringing home the first-place trophy really just goes to show that our hard work and dedication… has finally paid off.”
“I am extremely proud of both our girls’ and boys’ teams,” said Mast, a member of the team for three years. “It was an amazing feeling getting to hear our team name called out and seeing all the joy on everyone’s faces.”
The individual medalists for Madison-Plains are as follows. The weight class in which they wrestled is shown in parentheses.
First place state champion (115)–Rachel Guiette;
First place state champion (125)–Bradan Mast;
Sixth place (125)–Khloe Whitaker;
Sixth place (135)–Jordan McPherson;
Sixth place (145)–Courtney Cress;
Third place (175)–Martina Miller;
Sixth place (175)–Addison Tesi;
First place state champion (195)–Samantha Powell;
Fifth place (195)–Rebecca Stully.
Sixth place (125)–Kenny Schafer;
Fifth place (135)–Michael Brown;
Sixth place (135)–Waylon Dyer;
11th place (135)–Anthony Roby;
Eighth place (145)–Joey Grigsby;
10th place (145)–Wesley Stires;
12th place (145)–Andrew Hunt;
Second place (155)–Zach George;
Seventh place (155)–Josh Champer;
Ninth place (155)–Paul Bryant;
10th place (155)–Gavin Case;
11th place (155)–Tyson Guiette ;
Seventh place (165)–Steven Ward;
12th place (165)–Will Hawkins;
Third place (175)–Chase Kelly;
Sixth place (175)–Isaac Puckett;
Ninth place (175)–Jarrett Vallery;
Seventh place (185)–Corey Cress;
11th place (185)–Colton Miller;
10th place (210)–Titus Wilson;
Fourth place (250)–Matt Holbrook;
Seventh place (250)–Parker Wright;
Ninth place (250)–Byron Hamilton;
10th place (250)–Tim Guillian; and
Fifth place (unlimited)–Nate Hill.