Nanih Waiya takes third in state powerlifting meet

By Rocky Higginbotham

Winston County Journal

Nanih Waiya brought home one state champion, three state runners-up and an overall team finish of third last Friday when the Warriors ventured to the 2017 MHSAA Powerlifting Championships.

The Class 1A State Meet, like all six MHSAA classifications, was held last Friday at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.

Nanih Waiya was third in the team standings with 26 total points, just five behind state champion Ethel (31) and three behind state runner-up Sebastopol (29). Nearly two dozen Class 1A schools were represented.

Sophomore Tykell Triplett brought home an individual state championship in the 132-pound weight classification for Nanih Waiya. Triplett totaled 800 pounds to easily win his class, squatting 315 pounds while bench-pressing 135 and dead-lifting 350.

Three Warriors also had state runner-up finishes in their respective weight classifications.

Daniel Triplett was the state runner-up in the 165-pound weight classification. The junior totaled 1,125 pounds with a 465-pound squat, a 215-pound bench and a 445-pound dead lift.

Braxton Stokes was second in the 198-pound weight division. The eighth-grader totaled 990 pounds with a 375-pound squat, a 180-pound bench and a 435-pound dead lift.

Sophomore Caleb Warren was also a state runner-up in the 308-pound weight division. He totaled 1,270 pounds with a 500-pound squat, a 255-pound bench press and a 515-pound dead lift.

A pair of other Warriors also turned in top-five finishes in the state meet. Sophomore Tyree McClendon was third in the 148-pound weight classification, while sophomore Cole Misso was fifth in the 308-pound weight class.