Baldwin High pair pack powerlifting punches
Lifting weights as a competition? That's right.
Baldwin High School junior powerlifter Caleb Thomas and sophomore Troy Gilges have been pumping iron at competitions this year and have been very successful.
"There are many meets throughout the year and we encourage everyone to participate," said coach Susie Martin.
Gilges started his season off at a meet in Emporia where he won the squat, power clean, bench and overall competitions in the 123-pound weight division. Unfortunately, he was the only lifter from BHS, and Baldwin did not place as a team.
In early February, Gilges competed at the third-annual Shawnee Heights meet. He swept the 123-pound division winning squat, power clean, bench and best overall, along with breaking the meet record in squat and bench.
"I just go out there and give it all I've got and see where it lies," said Gilges.
On Feb. 21, Thomas and Gilges attended the Williamsburg meet and were successful. Thomas competed in the heaviest weight class at 220 pounds. Thomas ended up placing third overall, second in squat, and second in power clean.
"I really didn't plan on competing until the last minute. I didn't train for it, so I thought I did pretty well considering the situation," said Thomas.
Gilges ended up placing second overall out of 13 competitors and was first in squat in the 123 pound weight class.
"All the hard work I've put in throughout the years is starting pay off," said Gilges.
"I kind of wish more people would get involved and lift. Maybe we could get a team together in the future," said Thomas.
This year BHS will send Gilges and Thomas to the state powerlifting meet in Abilene on April 24.
"I'm just going to go out there, act like I'm in the weightroom and see where things end up," said Gilges.
"I plan on lifting hard for state and placing as high as I possibly can. Right now I'm focusing on state, lifting 2-3 times a day," said Thomas.