Local powerlifters going for state titles

Published 1:28 pm Tuesday, March 22, 2022

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Franklinton and Pine’s powerlifting teams will be well represented at the state meet that will be held Thursday to Saturday at Fant Ewing Coliseum on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Franklinton has nine females heading to state that include Angel Duferene, Kaylee Ard, Ava Roshto, Marleigh Schilling, Jennifer Dong, Christian Loup, Tate Landry, Arielle Magee and Evelyn Argualles.

Pine has two at state in Anna Arceneaux and Brianne Pittman.

Landry is the top seed in Division II for the 198-pound weight class.

Ard, Schilling and Argualles are second seeds. Ard competes in the 105s and Schilling is in the 132s and Argualles is in the SHWs.

Magee enters as the third seed in the 220s.

Duferene, Roshto and Dong are No. 4 seeds. Duferene is the fourth seed in the 97s, while Roshto is in the 123s and Dong competes in the 132s.

Loup is the eighth seed in the 165s.

Franklinton’s girls will compete on Friday.

Pine is in Division IV.

Arceneaux comes into the meet as the fourth seed for the 114s.

Pittman is the No. 8 seed for the 148s.

Pine is lifting on Friday.

Switching to the boys competition, Jaylin Magee, Shelton Jenkins, Khaled Waliagha and Adam Galloway are going to state for Franklinton with Ty Creel, Kevion Ginn and Ladell Lewis reaching state as alternates.

Waliagha, Magee and Jenkins are the top seeds. Magee is in the 181s, while Jenkins competes in the 198s and Waliagha in the 220s.

Franklinton’s boys will be competing on Saturday.

Galloway is the No. 3 seed in the SHW.

Three lifters are headed to state for Pine, including A.J. Caillouet, Braeden Arceneaux and Kole Miller.

Arceneaux is the top seed for the 123s.

Caillouet is the sixth seed in the 114s.

Miller is the 10th seed in the 148s.

Pine’s boys will compete on Thursday.

State qualifying was done through regionals.

Franklinton and Pine were in the South Regional that was held last month at Covington High School.

To reach state, the lifter had to either win their weight class at the regional meet or come in the top 10 of their division, but when somebody won their regional, that counted as a spot toward state, so if somebody from a Division I school won at regionals, there were nine spots left for state. There were six regions.