St. John’s athletes place in NPL Powerlifting meet

WILSON – The St. John’s Catholic High School Power Lifting Team, only its second season, finished in fourth place at the recent Northern Plains League power lifting meet held at Wilson High School.  The team is coached by Dave DiNuzzo and is made up of student-athletes who take his Strength and Conditioning classes during the school day as well as those who practice after school.  

A total of 12 lifters participated in the meet, made up of two girls and 10 boys.   At the meet, each lifter is given three attempts at the bench press, the clean, and the squat to establish a one repetition maximum (referred to as a “one rep max”.)   A total of the top lifts (one rep maxes) are combined to crown the overall champion in each weight class.

Several St. John's athletes performed very well, and almost all of the lifters scored ‘personal records’ (referred to as a “PR”). 

Senior Claire Pastrovich scored well, and finished sixth overall in her weight class.   Junior Kail Dubbert finished first overall in the boy’s 156 pound weight class, lifting a total of 715 pounds.   He also took home a silver medal in both the squat and bench press, and the gold medal in the clean.   Freshmen Blake Perez finished first overall in the 132 pound class, lifting a total of 540 pounds. He brought home gold medals in the squat and the bench press, and a second place finish in the clean, losing a close battle to Blujay sophomore Brandon Bates, who finished fourth overall in the weight class. In the 123 pound class, sophomore Jacob Gengler finished sixth in the 140 pound class; freshmen Brayden Perez finished second in the 165 pound class; sophomore Braden Dameron finished sixth, and in the 198 pound class, sophomore Jadyn Rosebaugh finished third overall.

The other lifters who competed were sophomore Lyddia Eilert (finished fifth in the squat); junior Victor Ayala (matched PRs in all three events); sophomore Brady Palen (finished fifth in the clean and had PRs), and freshmen Isaac Hicks (finished fourth in the squat, and PR’d in two lifts.) 

"The benefits of power lifting are numerous for young athletes, maximizing their speed, jumping abilities, and overall power," said Coach DiNuzzo. "Their muscle development translates directly to the field of play, the court, and the track. I hope that more and more high school athletes will join the team in the future, and together grow stronger."

The team will be competing at the state meet on Saturday, April 21.


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