East Union Urchins carry the weight

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

East Union’s powerlifting team comfortably won the MHSAA Class 2A state powerlifting champion-ship on Saturday at Mississippi Coliseum. Donning cowboy boots with their spandex suits, the Urchins cruised to a 50-30 win over Calhoun City.
EU had five first place finishes, from C.J. Lyons (114-pound), Brett Rake-straw (123), Hunter Wigington (220), Nathan Reed (242) and Nicky Greszler (275). The team set four state records: Jacob Elder’s 405-pound squat, Greszler’s 610-pound deadlift and Nathan Reed’s 605-pound squat and 1,540-pound total.
“They understood they were there to win a state championship,” East Union coach Scott Duley said. “I had them at my house Thursday and told them ‘Looking at the numbers, I thought we could win if they did what they had been doing.’ They were very comfortable and knew what they had to do.”
Wray’s day
South Pike and Lafayette finished 1-2 in Class 4A but it was Pontotoc junior Bailey Wray stealing the show. He lifted an overall state total record of 1,900 pounds for the Warriors in the 308-plus class.
His numbers included a record 775-pound squat. He tried for 800, but judges said he didn’t get low enough.
He and workout partner Colton Bramlett took home two of Pontotoc’s three golds. Bramlett broke three state records himself, squat, bench and total (1,610 pounds) in the 198-pound class.
“Truthfully I could not have done any of it without him,” Wray said. “He’s the one who started me doing it two years ago. It helps me to see him doing good and it helps him seeing me doing good.”
Wray already has his 2014 goals – a 2,000-pound total and a 900-pound, maybe 1,000, squat.
Pontotoc also got a record 155-pound bench press from Artesia Buchanan in the 181-pound girls Class II.
brandon.speck@journalinc.com
Note:We’ll publish results from this event another day, as they were not readily available.