Seymour hosts state powerlifting

Kristen Kmecheck competes in the Wisconsin High School State Powerlifting Championships held in Seymour on Friday and Saturday, March 19-20 - Photo by Rick Cohler

The Seymour Girls and Boys Powerlifting Teams captured third and fifth place finishes at the 43rd Annual High School State Powerlifting Meet held at Seymour High School March 12-13. There were 393 qualified lifters that competed at this two-day meet, which saw many new state and national records set.
The Seymour girls team finished third in Division II behind champion Omro and runner-up Osceola. In Division I, Neenah defended its state title by outscoring second place South Milwaukee and third place Manitowoc. In Division III, Necedah also defended its state title by outscoring second place Phillips and third place Oostburg.
For the girls individually, junior Erica Caler finished fourth, freshmen Emily Pelky and Kristin Kmecheck placed sixth, junior Abby Skiba placed eighth and freshman Kayla Kranzusch a tenth place finish each in their respective weight classes.
In the boys team division, Seymour placed fifth overall. Whitnall dominated the overall boys scoring with 95 points and also won Division II. Wisconsin Dells finished second, followed by Osceola in third and Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau finished fourth. In Division I, River Falls  took  first place followed by Neenah and Eau Claire North placed third.  In Division III, Necedah placed first followed by Bangor and Phillips.
Individually, seniors Kyle Kranzusch and Jared Prelipp finished fourth and sixth in the 220 lb. weight class.  Senior Jayme Court (198 lbs.), juniors Blaize Koon (242 lbs.) and Brandon Armatoski (153 lbs.) all finished 10th in their weight class.  Kranzusch also set a new school record for total pounds lifted, 1,400 lbs.
Qualified Seymour lifters next will travel to Wisconsin Dells on March 26-28 to compete in the High School National Championships.
A special thank you goes to all those who volunteered to make the High School State Powerlifting Meet at Seymour a great success.