Caleb Happel took first place at Necedah
Caleb Happel took first place at Necedah
Caleb Happel won his weight class, and the there four experienced Spring Grove powerlifters achieved personal-best totals as they closed out their regular season at Necedah, Wis., on Feb. 16.

It was the first meet in which each SG lifter competed at the varsity level. There was plenty of competition with approximately 250 athletes lifting.

Happel had a squat of 445 pounds, a bench of 325 and a dead lift for a first-place total of 1,270 pounds.

Earning a second-place medal was Zach Sanness with a personal-best total of 910 pounds including a personal-record bench of 240 along with a squat of 335 and a dead lift of 335.

Harrison Speltz and Mikal Guberud each placed fourth in their respective weight classes. Speltz came through with a personal-best squat of 395, a bench of 245 and a dead lift of 425 for his personal-record total of 1,065 pounds.

Guberud recorded his best bench ever of 180 pounds along with a squat of 385 and a dead lift of 385 for his personal-best total of 950.

Matt Schleich also had a total of 950 pounds, good for fifth-place in his weight class. Both his squat of 300 pounds and dead lift of 440 were his best ever along with a bench of 210.

Heidi Buxengard, the second local girl to take up the sport, competed for the first time.

"She was kind of thrown into things and did very well," said coach Jean Happel. "Though she did not place at this meet, it was a great first showing."

Buxengard had a squat of 245 pounds, a bench of 105 and a dead lift of 185 for a total of 535.

There was one small competitor with cystic fibrosis at the meet. "It amazes me every year, the lives this sport touches - everyone from the Special Olympians to world champions to those who are competing against all odds," said Happel. "It is always an honor to compete with these kids!

"I am very proud of all of the lifters and all of the hard work they put in. My hat is also off for the gals who took part this year. Thank you to Autumn Bornholdt Heidi Buxengard for being the first female Spring Grove powerlifters.

"This is a great sport for anyone who wants a positive and competitive environment."