Wray, Bramlett lead Warriors to powerlifting title

prep_icon_greenBy Brandon Speck

Daily Journal

Senior-led Pontotoc ended an 11-year title drought with a 32-24 Class 4A team win against Lafayette in Saturday’s MHSAA state powerlifting meet at Jackson’s Mississippi Coliseum.

It took big efforts from seniors Bailey Wray and Colton Bramlett, both winning their third consecutive gold medals and setting record after record along the way.

In the 220-pound class, Bramlett set state class records in squat (680), bench (385) and deadlift (650). His 1,715 total is also a record.

Wray (308-plus) squatted 825 pounds to break his previous 780-pound record. His 425-pound bench set a state record. He deadlifted 655 and set a totals record with 1,905. He set the previous 1,900-pound record.

“I’m extremely proud. Colton and Bailey continue to work hard and encourage these younger guys,” Pontotoc coach J.T. Thompson said. “I had a lot of help, couldn’t have done it without coach Marty Warren and Mickey Mapp.”

Patrick Newell placed first in the 181-pound class with a total of 1,425 pounds, 115 more than second place Quajae Fisher of Corinth.

Braden Duke in the 123-pound class finished third with a personal record total of 850 pounds. In the 132-pound class, Robert Hurd had a personal record of 860. He finished fifth. In the 165-pound class, Rick Campbell finished second with a personal record of 1,220 pounds. Nic Romano finished fifth in the 165-pound class with a 1,085 total.

“We did about as well as we planned on. We didn’t have a perfect meet. We had a couple guys who I think could have done a little better, but we placed about where we had planned on placing,” Thompson said.

The Warriors sent three to the state meet last season, seven this season. Thompson says a lot thanks to the older leadership on the team, Wray, Bramlett and Duke (123).

Campbell and Newell failed to make it out of region last year.

“These younger guys have joined in, bought into the program and worked really hard,” Thompson said. “There’s a lot of young guys coming back. We’re going to miss Colton and Bailey. Extremely proud, the guys have worked hard.”

NeMiss fares well

Oxford won its second straight Class 5A title. William Paine placed first in the 220-pound class with a 1,500-pound total. East Union, behind first-place finishes from Bryan Wages and Hunter Wigington, won its second straight 2A gold.

Calhoun City won its third straight Class I title by 35 points against Bruce and East Union.

brandon.speck@journalinc.com