Latta boys flex their muscles at state meet

Mar. 20—EL RENO — Three Latta athletes recorded Top 10 finishes at the 2024 Oklahoma Powerlifting Coaches Association State Championship held last Saturday inside the Jenks-Simmons Center in El Reno.

The Panthers were competing in the Class C to 2A Small School Division. They finished 10th out of 33 Class A squads. Latta had seven total state qualifiers.

Crooked Oak won the small school state title with 99 points and Dewar was runner-up at 84.

"The state meet capped off a great season for our Latta boys powerlifting team," said Latta head coach Zach Sullivan.

"We had seven young men make it to this stage in our first season. They gave everything they had and left their mark," he continued. "Not only did we have three kids place in the Top 10 but others placed better than their seeding. I'm proud of not only our state qualifiers but of all our boys and girls who pushed their boundaries and committed to becoming better versions of themselves this season."

The Top 5 from each region plus five at-large selections make up the 25 best at the state competition according to Sullivan.

Holden Lee paced the Latta contingent with a sixth-place finish at 181 pounds with a total weight of 1,240. He finished fourth in the deadlift with a mark of 525 pounds. Felix Teal of Laverne won the gold at 181 pounds with a total weight of 1,400.

Jed Marical and Zeagan Stewart also finished in the Top 10 in their weight divisions.

Mariccal finished seven at 145 pounds with an overall weight total of 1,045. He placed third in the Deadlift at 445 pounds and fifth in the Squat at 410 pounds. Brayan Perez of Crooked Oak won the 145-pound Division with a total of 1,205 pounds.

Zeagan Stewart finished eighth at 220 pounds with a total of 1,205. He finished sixth on the Bench with a lift of 260 pounds. Isaac Powell of Dewar won the 220-pound Division with a total weight of 1500 pounds.

Other Latta results included:

—Ethan Harris finished 16th at 168 pounds with a total of 1,040.

—Andrew Morrow finished 17th at 157 pounds with a total of 920.

—Jake LaMack finished 18th at 145 pounds with a total of 885.

—Abraham Tellez set a new max in the Deadlift with a mark of 335 pounds.