Heavy lifting

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pearl River Central’s Harry Godwin is a state champion.

Godwin, a senior on the Blue Devil powerlifting team, captured first place in the Class 5A, 308-pound weight class Saturday at the overall state meet at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.

Godwin, also a standout offensive lineman on the PRC football team, compiled a total of 1,505 pounds in three events, the bench press, the deadlift and the squat. He turned in best lifts of 555 in the deadlift, 340 in the bench press and 610 in the squat to take the top spot by 65 pounds over Anthony Wilson of Brookhaven.

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“I am proud of all the kids, they all competed and did their best,” PRC head coach John Feaster said. “I am extremely proud and happy for Harry. It could not have happened to a better kid. He told me at the first meet he would win state and he did just that.”

Also competing for PRC on Saturday were Jeffrey Palma and Trey Revere. Revere finished tied for second in the 275-pound weight class with a total lift of 1,480 pounds while Palma finished third in the 225-pound weight class with a total lift of 1,450 pounds.

Picayune’s lone lifter to qualify for the state meet, Alex Aaron, finished fourth in the 198-pound weight class with a total lift of 1,170 pounds.

Oxford took home first place in the Class 5A team competition with 45 points, while Jackson Wingfield finished second with 39 points. Ridgeland was third with 31 points while Pearl was fourth with 25 points. Pearl River Central finished fifth in the team standings with 13 points, while Picayune was 13th with two points.

Pascagoula’s Keith Crawford repeated as overall champion in the super heavyweight class (over 308 pounds) with a total lift of 1,610, 260 pounds more than the second place finisher.

Also, Pontotoc‘s Bailey Wray reset his own state record with a squat of 825 pounds

The senior won his third straight title in the 4A super heavyweight division. Among all his trips to the Coliseum, he said this was the best. He broke the overall powerlifting record with 1,905 by five pounds — five pounds more than his record total last year.

In addition to the squat, Wray, broke the overall bench press record at 425 by five pounds. He had a deadlift of 655 pounds.

In doing so, he helped Ponotoc won its first state title since 2002.