Harmony’s Joseph Derryberry brought the lone medal from Saturday’s Class 2A state weightlifting meet home to Osceola County.
Battling in the heavyweight division at Panama City Beach Arnold High, where the clean-and-jerk vanquished the hopes of several contenders, the senior bench pressed 355 pounds and cleaned 325 for a 680-pound total good for a tie for third. Tallahassee Chiles’ Daniel Ward won the tiebreaker based on body weight, so Derryberry brought home the fourth-place medal.
“He beat (Liberty’s Edward) Hatton at (the conference) meet and at state,” HHS Coach Nick Lippert said. “Joe did everything he had to do to win the OBC and medal at state.”
Osceola’s Sevian Martin (310-290—600) finished 13th.
Hatton was tied for third after the bench press with a 395-pound effort, but didn’t score in the clean-and-jerk and was 15th. Jacob Kreutz (17th with a personal-best 355 pounds) met the same fate.
At 199, Longhorn Garret Breeding (340-280—620) was tied for sixth, but lost the body-weight tiebreaker.
For those who heard 139-pound lifter Cameron Scheerer was involved in a freak mishap at practice, know that he returned from the Panhandle with the team on Saturday. He was warming up when another lifter lost control of his weight doing a practice lift, and the bar hit Scheerer’s upper body. Follow-up X-rays were negative but he was unable to make his state lifts.
“We were all disappointed for him,” Lippert said. “He had a tough, grueling year, and he won OBC and made it to state, which were the goals at the start of the year. Getting through regionals and to state was the win for him.”
Among other state finishers:
St. Cloud’s Tyler Indio (195-205—400) was 13th at in a loaded field at 129 pounds, 45 pounds off of the medal stand.
At 139, fellow Bulldogs Ja’Von Shackleford (240-230—470) and Colton Weismore (220-240—460) were seventh and 10th.
“Tyler stepped on the scale overweight and it took us the full hour to get it off of him,” St. Cloud Coach Cory Aun said. “He did an outstanding job doing so and I can tell the weight cut affected him. His first two cleans were absolutely solid and he just didn't have enough in the tank to make his third. If Ja'von hits all of his lifts, he would have placed second. Colton probably had the best day out of all of us hitting four of his six lifts. He graduates still holding a school record in the clean and jerk; a record at our school is very significant considering our rich weightlifting history.”
At 219, Osceola’s Carlos Dorpko (300-280—580) went 11th and St. Cloud’s Chris Gallagher (255-310—565) was 15th.
Navarre (25 points) edged out perennial team champ Spruce Creek (24) for the 2A team championship.
In the Class A state meet, Union County heavyweight Agelu Nunu set a state record with a 525-pound bench press on his way to a weight-level state championship. Harmony’s Nick Sardoni set that record, becoming the first in Florida history to bench press 500 pounds in 2008 (it was eclipsed by another lifter’s 510-pound effort minutes later) on his way to a state title.