McALESTER — When he took over as Wilburton’s head football coach over the summer, Frank Marsaln quickly set up a weight-room regimen for his young squad. The 2014 football season is still seven months away, but the Diggers — along with most other local football teams — have continued weight-training in the offseason.
That training included a trip to Prague for a powerlifting meet Thursday and Friday. Sixteen eighth-grade and high school powerlifters competed for Wilburton, and eight placed.
“I’m not a crazy powerlifting guy,” Marsaln said Tuesday. “I just know that the bigger, faster, stronger you are, the better you’re going to be.
“This is just another way to compete, and they need to compete. Kids need to compete every way they can.”
Wilburton’s ninth-grade team had the most success, scoring 48 points and finishing seventh out of 10 small-school teams. Devin Evans led the Diggers, placing second overall in the heavyweight class and winning outstanding bench press.
Evans squatted 395 pounds and took second in that event, according to results sent by Prague coach Dan Maly on Wednesday. He bench-pressed 285 pounds — the best bench in any weight class in the ninth-grade meet — and deadlifted 405 pounds to get second in that event as well.
Evans’ 1,085 total pounds tied Joe Howshar from Allen for first. But because Howshar weighed in 80 pounds lighter than Evan, Howshar had a higher weight coefficient and won the tiebreaker.
Dillon Browne took third in the 132-pound class and in all three individual events. Browne squatted 235, benched 145 and deadlifted 300.
Sam Gaddard took fourth in the 132-pound class. He squatted 250, benched 135 and deadlifted 275, finishing second in the squat and fourth in the other two events.
Chance Swafford took third in the 198-pound class. Swafford squatted 235, benched 175 and deadlifted 305, finishing third in bench press and fourth in deadlift.