Warriors take second in region powerlifting meet

By Rocky Higginbotham

Winston County Journal

Nanih Waiya turned a few heads earlier this month at the Region 2-1A Powerlifting Meet at Calhoun City, breaking five individual records on their way to a second-place team finish.

Coach Ryan Keeton’s squad will now compete in the Class 1A North State Meet on March 11, also at Calhoun City. The State Meet is April 14.

Four Warriors placed first in their individual weight classes, helping Nanih Waiya to the second-place team finish behind Sebastopol.

One of those, sophomore Caleb Warren, set three individual records on his way to a first-place finish in the 308-pound weight class.

Warren’s squat of 450 pounds set a new region mark, as did his 485-pound dead lift and 1,165-pound total.

Other individual records broken by the Warriors on Saturday included Daniel Triplett’s 415-pound squat in the 165 class and Tykell Triplett’s 315-pound squat in the 132 class.

Both Tripletts finished first in their respective weight classes, while Nanih Waiya’s Braxton Stokes was first in the 198 class.

Kyle Holdiness was second for the Warriors in the 220 class; Cole Misso was second to Warren in the 308 class; Tyree McClendon was second in the 148 class; and Ethan Ferguson was fourth in the 132 class.