The Amelia varsity powerlifting team enjoyed success in its first competition of the season. The Blue and White competed in a meet that took place at Triad High School, North Lewisburg, Champaign, County, Ohio.
Three Barons earned individual championships.
Cameron Cooley (185-pound weight class) in the freshman/sophomore division with a total lift of 1,080 pounds (265-pound bench press, 410-pound squat lift, and 405-pound dead lift).
Nick Motley (195-pound weight class) in the junior/senior division with a total lift of 1,060 pounds (225 bench, 285 squat, and 450 dead).
Zack Thomas (unlimited weight class) in the junior/senior division with a total lift of 1,275 pounds (315 bench, 460 squat, and 500 dead).
Jesse Held earned third place in the 195-pound weight class in the junior/senior division with a total lift of 945 pounds (240 bench, 340 squat, and 365 dead).
"As a team, we lifted a total of 8,060 pounds with the top four lifters in the middle and heavyweight divisions. All 12 of the team members moved a total of 11,325 pounds," said Milt Staderman, head coach of Barons. "We were the only team from our part of Ohio at the meet. We stand a good chance at having some medal winners at the state meet."
Amelia has a glorious record in the history of high school powerlifting. Shortly after Charles Carpenter became the Barons' head football coach for the 1978-79 season, he established a powerlifting program with the assistance of fellow Amelia High faculty member and brother-in-law Alex Hamill. Together they developed a state champion program and began hosting the largest powerlifting meet southwestern Ohio. The state title team of 1980 was led by state champions and record holders Jerry Bosken and David Angel who were both seniors.
The first of Carpenter's winning teams (1979) were led by seniors Lynn Maloney, Mike McMullen, Jeff Sears, Dave Fortner, Roy York, Byron Burton, Stuart Hartman, and Rob McDonald. Zak Taylor, the very successful present Glen Este High School head football coach, was a champion, too, under Carpenter at the barony from where he graduated in 1984. Maloney and Taylor are members of the Amelia High School Sports Hall of Fame.