By Brandon Speck
Falkner’s powerlifting team is growing, by the year.
Sophomores Dillon Davis (308-pound class) and Omar Madrigal (114) are the latest examples, both winning gold in Saturday’s MHSAA state meet.
Davis waited a year to avenge a second-place finish as a freshman.
“It means a lot,” Davis said. “To have that state medal, I’ve worked three years to get it and finally achieved it. It’s a good feeling.”
Madrigal won his class with a 560-pound total. Davis blew everyone out of the water with a total of 1,460 pounds, the second-highest total in 1A and 320 pounds more than second-place finisher Martin Latiker of McAdams.
The one total better came from good friend, Smithville senior Tanner Fears. Fears totaled 1,520 pounds, including a 605-pound deadlift, making the Class 1A North Mississippi lifters the two strongest in the class.
“We thought he might (win),” said Falkner coach Cory Armstrong. “And the guy who beat him last year was returning. He knew he had his work cut out for him and never shorted in the weight room. Every time he goes in, he goes for a purpose. That purpose was Saturday. It’s good to see kids reach their goals. It took him a year to get it.”
Falkner’s team was revived three years ago by now-Amory football coach Ben Ashley. The Eagles had one gold medal winner each of the first two years, two this season. Now they’re making plans for a run at a state championship in 12 months.
At this rate, that’s not out of reach. But like Davis, Falkner may not be satisfied until it happens.
Davis squatted 600 pounds, benched 330 and had a 530-pound deadlift.
“I was setting my goal to win,” he said. “The meet didn’t turn out like I wanted. I wanted to squat 610. I did, but he said I didn’t get low enough. I wanted to bench a little higher, but I’m happy with what I had in deadlift.”
6A: Otis Wilson, Tupelo, 165.
5A: William Paine, Oxford, 220.
4A: Patrick Newell, Pontotoc, 181; Joseph Flanigan, Tishomingo County, 198; Colton Bramlett, Pontotoc, 220; Michael Loyd, Amory, 242; Steven Cook, Lafayette, 275; John Chances, Lafayette, 308; Bailey Wray, Pontotoc, super heavyweight.
3A: Logan Morton, Kossuth, 114; Hunter Switcher, Kossuth, 132; Tyler Lindsey, South Pontotoc, 275; Kenyana Heard, North Pontotoc, 308.
2A: Brandon Taylor, 123, East Union; Brett Rakestraw, East Union, 132; J.R. Ramirez, Bruce, 148; Latrell Marks, Bruce, 165; Jamar Brown, Bruce, 198; Hunter Wigington, East Union, 242; Bryan Wages, East Union, 308.
1A: Omar Madrigal, Falkner, 114; Tanner Fears, Smithville, 242; Dillon Davis, Falkner, 308.
II: Molly Sorto, Pontotoc, 132; Qualeah Ezell, Itawamba AHS, 148; Harley Tucker, Nettleton, 181.
I: Laquianna Norris, Calhoun City, 114; Alicia Feliciano, Calhoun City, 123; Landryn Stoddardm, Calhoun City,132; Kiara McKissick, Calhoun City, 165; Courtney Norman, Calhoun City, 220; Jasmine Flemons, Bruce, 220-plus.