Six South Tama County representatives competed at the Iowa State Fair Power Lifting contest last month and faired quite well.
Power Lifting is an Olympic sport which includes the bench press, dead lift and squat. Last Saturday, five STC sophomores and coach Nate Van Dyke participated at the state fair contest in a push-pull competition. The push-pull contest is bench press and dead lift only.
All six of the weight lifters won trophy awards by placing in the top three of their divisions. Only a pair of the STC lifters competed in both events, while the other four competed in only the dead lift. As a team, South Tama placed third in the team competition.
"This competition was a great opportunity for these athletes to showcase what they work hard at all year long," Van Dyke said. "With over 200 competitors, having all of them place was fun to see. We were hoping to place in the top two as a team so we could earn a trophy, but we placed one spot away. Overall this was a really fun day for this group of boys."
The group of sophomores competing were Jaret Probasco, Ruben Garcia, Peyton Craun, Jerry Lowe and Justin Suchanek. Probasco competed in the 123-pound division and placed first as he dead lifted 275 pounds. Garcia (148 pounds) finished runner-up with a dead lift of 375 pounds. Craun and Lowe both competed in the 181-pound weight class. Lowe won the dead lift with 435 pounds, while Craun was second with 410 pounds. Lowe also won the bench press with a lift of 275 pounds. Suchanek (200 pounds) finished third with a lift of 400 pounds. Van Dyke entered in the 181-pound weight class and finished third in both events. He benched 300 pounds and dead lifted 480 pounds.