It was the first time Reed won the varsity competition and it did so in convincing fashion, winning six of the seven weight classes to outscore second-place Reno 34-24. Spanish Springs was tied for fifth with seven points.
“What it represents is the hard work these kids have put in year round. It’s an opportunity for them to show how hard they worked,” Reed football coach Ernie Howren said. “This year we felt we had a legitimate shot at winning the whole thing with the group we had coming back.”
Each lifter performs a max weight lift in the bench press, squat and clean. The total amount of weight lifted in the three lifts determines the winner in each weight class.
An additional measure of strength is the exponent, which is determined by taking the total weight lifted and dividing that by the lifter’s body weight to get the ratio. A ratio of in the 5’s is impressive, but Reed had a couple competitors take that to a whole new level.
Seniors David Hibler and Chad Gray won their respective weight classes. At 147.6 pounds, Gray lifted a total of 935 pounds to win the 165-pound weight class by 50 pounds. His exponent number was 6.33.
Hibler’s exponent number was slightly better at 6.35 and he won the 145-pound weight class by 150 pounds. He broke two meet records with a squat of 395 pounds and a clean of 280 pounds to help him total 915 pounds.
“David Hibler and Chad Gray both had ratios over six pounds, which is amazing,” Howren said. “ Anytime you’re in the 5’s, you’re having a great year. But to have two kids both getting over six, that’s just amazing. It’s just a great work ethic on their part.”
Reed lifters broke two more records. Senior Jared Emerson’s clean lift of 320 pounds set the record and helped him win his 205-pound weight class, while senior Broc Westlake’s clean lift of 335 pounds was a record for the 225-pound weight class in which he won. Emerson was named the Outstanding Upper Level Lifter, while Hibler was chosen as the Outstanding Lower Level Lifter. Emerson was the lone competitor to out-lift the opposition of his weight class in all three lifts.
Also winning their weight classes for Reed were junior Carlos Pinto at 185 pounds and senior heavyweight Jeremy Macauley.
Eric Looc took second in his 125-pound weight class.
The Raiders won the JV competition two years ago, while finishing third at the varsity level. Last year, they moved up a spot to second in the varsity competition. That just motivated these seniors to come back and prove they could win it all.
“I’m so proud of them with the way they continue to work hard throughout the year. They still had that goal that they wanted to come back for the lifting competition,” Howren said. “Especially the seniors that competed for us at the tournament, they wanted to come back and prove to everybody they could win this thing. They came so close to winning it last year. It was just a goal of theirs, going back to last year when they finished second.”