Mitchell finishes sixth as a team at state powerlifting meet

Championship was split into two classes

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One of the iron-forged trophies is pictured during the South Dakota State High School Powerlifting Meet on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at McCook Central High School in Salem.
Marcus Traxler / Mitchell Republic
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SALEM, S.D. — The Mitchell High School Powerlifting Club earned a sixth-place team finish at the South Dakota State High School Powerlifting Meet on Saturday, March 5, at McCook Central High School.

The championships, being held in their third year, involved awarding individual and team awards in both Class A and Class AA. MPC tied for sixth in Class A with 38 points, while Hamlin and Brandon Valley were the champions in Class A and Class AA, respectively.

Mitchell did not have any overall top-five finishers in a weight class for their total combination weights but team points were assigned based on the coefficient scoring, which averaged the total weight lifted against the lifter’s body weight.

Mitchell’s Mick Dailey finished sixth overall at the 165.3-pound weight class with a three-lift amount of 970 pounds (370 squat, 195 bench and 405 deadlift.), scoring eight team points, finishing third on coefficient. At the 114.6-pound girls weight class, Mitchell’s Maya Gonzalez took seventh in her weight class, with a three-lift total of 355 pounds, and scoring eight team points for MPC.

Lincoln Bates scored nine team points for Mitchell with a strong coefficient score at the 148.8-pound class. He had a three-lift combo of 835 pounds, including a 315 squat.


Kaden Hart scored six team points with a three-lift score of 1,000 pounds at the 242.5-pound weight class. Isaac Lambert scored five points for Mitchell’s club, with Nolan Youngbluth (915 combo at 181.8 pounds), Josh Grosdidier (980 combo, including 445 deadlift at 198.4 pounds) and Brendan Wantoch (595 combo at 275.5 pounds) each scored four points for the team.

For McCook Central/Montrose, Aubyn Schmidt was the overall winner in the 198.4-pound girls weight class, with a three-lift combination score of 685 pounds. She had a squat lift of 270 pounds, bench of 130 and deadlift of 285 pounds.

For Sanborn Central/Woonsocket, Shania Cornelius and Sidney Salas each scored eight team points in their weight classes, with three-weight combo scores of more than 500 pounds.

Wolsey-Wessington’s Kenedee Rowen was the top overall female lifter of the event, with a three-lift total of 720 pounds while competing at the 132.2-pound weight class. Brandon Valley’s Karson Beyer won the boys top lifter award on co-efficient, lifting 1,100 pounds with a squat of 415, bench of 255 and deadlift of 430.

Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at
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