There were four that received individual State championships. Pictured from left is Logan Creek, Luke Fisher, Drake Kreifels, and Wyatt Curry.
The Conway Springs men’s powerlifting team has won its fifth consecutive Class 3A State powerlifting championship. In addition to the team title, there were four individual State champions. Wyatt Curry (140 pounds), Luke Fisher (198), Drake Kreifels (220) and Logan Creek (power division) all claimed State titles. “We are extremely proud of the kids’ work ethic. This is a team effort that is scored like a track meet in various weight classes, so it takes a group to be successful. It makes us proud to watch our athletes support each other in a competitive environment,” said head coach Matt Biehler. Following are their individual results: • Curry – 315 squat, 270 bench, 200 clean. He recorded the best bench press. • Fisher – 400 squat, 275 bench, 275 clean. • Kreifels – 430 squat, 330 bench, 275 clean. He had the best lifts in all three categories. • Creek – 520 squat, 335 bench, 330 clean. He had the best bench press. The state also awarded medals for the top six finishers in each event and weight class. The Conway Springs medalists were: • Kadee Hilger (132 pounds), best bench – 120. • Dustin Martin (242 pounds), best bench, 335. • Taylor Forrest (140), fifth place. • Hanah Jones (156), third place. • Kendra Claflin (Power), fourth place. • Dakota Finstad (172), third place. • Dustin Martin (242), fifth place. Biehler, who also is head football coach and assistant track coach, said all school sports benefit from the powerlifting program. “We want our kids to learn to compete. This is a very competitive event with 3 different lifts that require the athlete to excel in each one. I feel that carries over into other sports,” he said.