Horns win district lift meet; OBCs next
By Rick Pedone
Harmony edged St. Cloud, 47-45, for the 2A-6 district weightlifting championship Wednesday at St. Cloud High.
St. Cloud had four district champions to lead all 15 teams at the competition, but Harmony won the team title with its depth.
The district champions automatically qualified for the Class 2A state meet at the Kissimmee Civic Center April 26. The Class A state meet is April 25 at the Civic Center. At-large state qualifiers will be determined next week.
Harmony’s Alexander Forsythe lifted 340 pounds total to win the 119-pound championship. He was the Horns only district champion.
Anthony Donato was second (330) at 119 for the Longhorns.
Harmony also had runner-up efforts from Shane Wooten (420) at 139; Giovanni Blyden (530) at 154 and Brandon Woodring (590), who set the school’s clean and jerk record (305) at 183.
“We have possibly four state qualifiers,” Harmony Coach John Wallauer said. “Our plan was for our guys to hit all six lifts and let the meet play out. It worked to our advantage.”
Colton Keene, third at 199, set school records for clean and jerk (300) and total lift (600).
“We are extremely pleased with our performance and proud of our kids,” Wallauer said. “It was a great team effort.”
St. Cloud had district champions in four consecutive weight classes: Sheldon McInnis (490) at 129; Michael Fagan (440) at 139; Tommy Whitley (560) at 154 and Kaylin Alvarez (545) at 169.
St. Cloud Coach Cory Aun said Sheldon tied a 32-year-old school record with a 260-pound bench press and a 230-pound clean and jerk.
“T.J. Whitley barely missed a double body weight bench press and dominated his weight class, winning by 30 pounds, in a loaded weight class,” Aun said. “Michael clean and jerked 235 on his way to an easy win, and Kaylin was losing by 40 pounds after the bench press, but he came back with an extraordinary 275 to win by 15 pounds.”
Aun expects Eric Moreno, second at 129, also to qualify for the state meet.
Aun said the team lost several points after 119-pounder Milan Anderson did not make weight.
“He would have easily won and gone to state,” Aun said. “We were also missing at 183 and 238.”
Osceola’s Riley Nicholson returns to the state meet after winning the 219-pound district title (630). The Kowboys (16) were sixth overall.
Lifters from Gateway, Liberty and Celebration probably are not close enough to earn at-large state bids.
The Orange Belt Conference championship is Wednesday at Harmony.
Harmony is the six-time defending champion, but Aun said that streak may end.
“OBCs will have a much different outcome than (districts) once our lineup is at full power,” Aun said.
Wallauer said, “We’ll see what we can do to win