Boys’ weightlifting team feels confident

Stormi Bousum, Staff Writer – The boys’ weightlifting team tied with Citrus High School [CHS] at the county meet Wednesday, March 1.

The boys are pretty confident in their capabilities and believe that they can make it far as a team. Senior Zach Ulseth and sophomore Kent Coble think that the team has a chance at going to regional competition.

“I think as a team we can all make it to regionals, but personally, I think I have we a chance at winning states,” said Ulseth.

“As a team, I know we are going to be district champions, and that a lot of our guys are going to be going to regionals and states,” said Coble.

Zach Ulseth clean and jerking 315 lbs. at Lecanto's meet against Crystal river (Photo: Kiernan).

Zach Ulseth clean and jerks 315 lbs. at Lecanto’s meet against Crystal River (Photo: Kiernan).

There are said to be many great weightlifters on the team.

“Some really good lifters are Robert Yoakam and Zach Ulseth. Robert benches 340 lbs. and clean and jerks 280. Ulseth benches 315 and clean and jerks 315,” said junior Austin Ragan.

“We have a lot of great lifters on the team: Robert Yoakam, who is actually the strongest kid in the county pound for pound, and Domenique Speach-Diallo and Zach Ulseth, who are in the 219 and 238 weight classes. In lightweight we have Shane Thornton who has come in first in his weight class every meet as a sophomore,” said sophomore Hunter Pitts.

Most of the boys are having fun so far this season and making a lot of progress.

Pitts could not be happier with how the season is progressing.

“The season has gone great so far; we are undefeated in the regular season and tied with CHS in the county meet, so we are still undefeated,” said Pitts. “I probably enjoy getting stronger and the weightlifting meets the most. Getting stronger as the season goes on shows you how much you can progress in a short time. Plus, weightlifting meets are hype with everyone yelling and rooting for each other, and watching your brothers and yourself push new and heavy weight.”