Bucyrus junior wins state powerlifting title

Bucyrus High School junior Andrew Pifer went to the State Powerlifting Meet and dominated the 175-pound weight class to earn the title of State Champion at Kenton High School.

Pifer, who has been competing in these meets since his freshman year, outlifted the competition in the bench press, squat and deadlift for a total weight of 1,185 pounds to finish more than 100 pounds ahead of the second-place finisher.

“I worked hard every day to get my lifts in to prepare for the powerlifting season and the state meet,” Pifer said. “I approached every meet with the attitude that all I could is my best and hope I’m better than everyone.”

Andrew won all three meets in the weight class he participated in this year. He also won the Body Mass Index (BMI) at two of the three meets to earn the title of overall champion of each of the two competitions.

“Winning the state title in his weight class as a junior says a lot about Andrew’s hard work that he has put into power lifting,” Bucyrus Head Football and Powerlifting Coach Aaron Eckert said. “He has an ongoing desire to get stronger and become better at power lifting, and we look for him to continue that success into the spring and ultimately into next football season.”

“It felt awesome standing on the top of podium at the end of state meet,” Pifer said. “It was great having my parents and other family members there to see me win my first ever state championship!”

The Bucyrus Powerlifting Team won the Team Championship in all three meets in which they competed this season. The team recorded its best finish at the South Central meet lifting a total of 12,075 pounts.

“Overall, this has been our best year of competitions,” Eckert said. “We look forward to carrying this success over to our spring sports and then into football next year.”