Jordan Bailey recently won the Ohio state high school power lifting championship in the 250-pound weight class. The event took place, recently, at Kenton High School, Kenton, Ohio.
Bailey, a senior at Amelia High School, lifted a total of 1,450 pounds. His 665-pound squat lift was the best in the meet for his weight class. It also established a new state record. His other bests in the meet were 315 pounds in the bench press and 470 pounds in the dead lift.
Teammate Tyler Stiles, a junior, finished a very respectable eighth in the unlimited weight class in the state meet.
The son of Jeff and Kim Bailey was a letterman in football as both an offensive and defensive lineman and has also lettered as a first baseman in baseball.
He began his powerlifting career as a sophomore under coach Milt Staderman.
Bailey gives much credit to Staderman for his success in power lifting.
“Coach Staderman always helped me and motivated me. My dad helped me train a lot, too,” said Bailey.
He trains four days a week, two to four hours per day at the Beechmont Racquet Club.
He plans to continue his education at either the College of Mount Saint Joseph or Centre College, Danville, Ky. If he decides to go to Mt. St. Joseph he will major in physical therapy and if he attends Centre College he plans to major in pre-medicine.
“I’m not sure if I’ll compete in more meets, but I plan to play football at Mount Saint Joe or Centre,” Bailey said. “I’d like people to know how hard I work. I think I’ve proven myself and I want to show people how strong I can be.”