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Hawk lifters dominate Mean Green Invitational

Iowa Park’s varsity Hawk powerlifting team dominated Saturday’s Mean Green Invitational at Hawk Gym, led by six first place individual finishes.
“It was a great team win,” said Coach Mark Zimmer. “Out of 11 weight classes, we won first in six of them, and had total domination in the lighter classes.”
Iowa Park totaled 54 points to win the Invitational, with Gainesville in second with 36, and City View tying Decatur for third with 19 points. They were followed by Vernon, Childress, Graham, Hirschi, Seymour, Wichita Falls Old High, Perrin-Whitt, Petrolia, Electra, Lingleville, Chico, and Burkburnett.
Hawks placing first in their respective weight class included Dallas Elmore (114s, 715 total); Nick Kiser (123s, 805 total); Ryan Thomas (132s, 1,200 total); Dalton Adkins (148s, 1,335 total); Tyler Campbell (198s, 1,290 total); and Hunter Bagley (220s, 1,375 total).
Zimmer noted that Thomas had “the meet of his life,” going nine-for-nine (three successful attempts in the squad, bench press, and deadlift), and setting three personal records. His squat was 450 pounds, bench 275, and deadlift 475.
Fellow Hawk senior Adkins “had the best meet of the year,” according to Zimmer. He solidified his first place standing in the region’s 148s with a 520 squat, 345 bench, and 470 deadlift.
Kiser went eight-for-nine in his lifting events.
“Tyler (Campbell) won his weight class pretty handily, and squatted and deadlifted over 500, and benched 300,” said Zimmer. “Hunter (Bagley) established himself as a state contender by climbing into second place in the region.”
Other Hawks medaling Saturday included Dre Gresham (second place, 165s, 1,260 total); Jeremiah Stanley (third place, 275s, 1,315 total); Brandon Brewer (fourth place, 242s, 1,245 total); Talon Hise (fifth place, 148s, 1,055 total); Walynn Williams (fifth place, 220s, 1,280 total); Jon McLemore (fifth place, 275s, 1,045 total); Casey Fung (sixth place, 132s, 900 total); and John Robison (seventh place, 220s, 1,115 total).
With many varsity Lady Hawks already qualified for today’s regionals, Iowa Park’s girls still managed a third place finish Saturday behind Petrolia and Graham.
Top finishers for the Lady Hawks included Sierra Kerr (first place, 181s, 825 total); Riece Talbert (first place, 165s, 810 total); Marissa Manuel (second place, 165s, 650 total); Brianna Bates (fifth place, 123s, 545 total); and Kaycee Patterson (seventh place, 148s, 630 total).
Iowa Park will host the upcoming Texas High School Powerlifting Association (THSPA) Regional Meet Saturday, March 4.
Zimmer said that Kennedale has dominated regionals, winning 15 consecutive championships, including a narrow win over the Hawks in 2016.
“We set a goal as a team to be the ones that ended it,” he said of Kennedale’s streak. “We have a chance. Now we just need to keep performing and competing.”