Combining to lift over 2.4 tons, Booneville were the top Class 4A school at the state weightlifting meet Saturday in Russellville.
Lifting 4,825 pounds, the Bearcats actually finished third overall to Class 3A Fountain Lake and 7A Bryant, but out-lifted reigning Southside Batesville to win the 4A division by 110 pounds.
Josh Walker and Ricky May coached the Bearcat squad to the first weightlifting title and seventh overall state title in school history. The titles now span five sports.
The competition consisted of each lifter attempting three lifts in the bench press and power clean with their best lift counting toward their total score.
The Bearcats were led by medalist — the top three in each division — junior Dalton Gray with 660 pounds in the 242-pound division. Gray finished second.
The team consisted of 10 lifters, one each from 10 different divisions ranging from 123- to 260-pound divisions.
Tripp Williams, a freshman, represented the Bearcats in the 123-pound division and lifted 220 pounds; in the 132-pound division sophomore Landon Vance brought in an even 300 pounds; and sophomore Corey Slavey lifted 440 pounds in the 148-pound division.
In the middle divisions the Bearcats got 470 pounds from senior Buddy Hawkins in the 165-pound division, 530 pounds from sophomore Justin Shackleford in the 181-pound division, 505 from junior Cody Harrel in the 198-pound division; and 580 pounds from sophomore Bryson May in the 220-pound division.
Representing the Bearcats in the upper divisions in addition to Gray in the 242-pound division were senior Chuck Alvarez who added 600 pounds in the 259-pound division, and senior Tanner Fritsche who added 520 pounds in the over 260-pound division.