Longtime Wewa weightlifting coach Bobby Johns, right, reviews numbers with Preston Stacey. [ Corey Williams | Contributed ]
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Wewa’s Stacy finishes second at state

The Wewahitchka High School Gators posted a fifth place finish at the state boys weightlifting championship Saturday in both the Olympic and traditional divisions.

The Gators tallied 12 points in Olympic, with Suwannee Live Oak winning it all. Traditional, the Gators tallied 10 points, with Suwannee Live Oak also the victor.

In Traditional results Wewa’s Preston Stacy had the best finish, as he was runner-up in the 219-pound class. He improved on his 675-pound total at regionals, and again placed second, but with a total of 700 pounds.

In the 119-weight class, Wewa’s Brayden Skipper was sixth with 360-pounds, improving on his top finish at regionals, where he won with a 355-pound total. 

In the 129-pound class, teammate Landon Webb was seventh with 410 pounds, five pounds lower than the 415 pounds that carried him to a third place finish at regionals.

In the 154-pound weight class, Wewa’s Bryson Greene, who finished fourth at regionals with a total of 465 pounds, improved his total to 490 pounds, and finished ninth at state.

Wewa’s Noah Taunton, who was the regional champion of the 238-pound class, with a 620-pound total, upped it to 650 pounds at state, for a third place finish.

Olympic results had Wewa’s Brayden Skipper fourth in the 119-weight class, with a 405-pound total, 90 pounds better than his 315-pound total at regionals.

In the 129-pound class, Landon Webb, who lifted a total of 345 pounds for second place at regionals, finished ninth at state with 340 pounds.

In the 183-pound class, Wewa’s Tyran Williams, who took fourth at regionals with a total of 420 pounds, added 10 pounds, to 430, for an eighth place finish at state.

In the 219-pound class, Wewa’s Preston Stacy, who had won regionals with a total of 505 pounds, was second at state, with 570 pounds.

Wewa’s Noah Taunton, who was the champion at regionals of the 238-pound class with a 515-pound total, finished third at state, with a 540-pound total.

Franklin County’s Michael Hill, who competed in the 199-pound weight class in Traditional, had a clean lift of 230-pounds and a bench of 290, while teammate Eric Smith had a 270-pound bench in the 169-pound Traditional weight class.

“This the first time the school’s ever been represented at state,” said Franklin County Coach John Cooper. “We did very well, gained experience and will be searching for a top spot next year.”

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