Dethloff captures regional crown; Paradise sends 2 lifters to state

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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Stepping onto the platform for his first deadlift Saturday, Kelton Dethloff knew he needed just one lift to book a trip to Abilene.

“I knew if I got my first lift, I’d be heading to state,” Dethloff said.

Heavy Lifting

HEAVY LIFTING – Paradise’s Kelton Dethloff completes his 285-pound bench press on his way to winning the Region 6, Division 3 title Saturday in Ponder. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

The Paradise senior pulled the 450 pounds, but didn’t stop. Dethloff added another 25 pounds to finish at 475 and pad his 148-pound division-winning total to 1,220 pounds.

Dethloff, who had the best lifts in his class on squat, bench press and deadlift, garnered the Region 6, Division 3 Outstanding Lifter Award along with a trip to the Texas High School Powerlifting Meet in Abilene.

“I gave it my all,” Dethloff said. “I’ve been waiting for this and working on this for four years.”

Dethloff finished 65 pounds better than second place Ivan Karabonoff of Peaster with 1,155.

Dethloff’s title day started with a miss on his first lift – a squat of 460. He nailed the lift on his second try to give him a lead of five pounds on Karabonoff after squat.

Dethloff tried 500 pounds and missed.

“I left 40 pounds on squat,” he said.

On bench press, Dethloff made all three of his lifts, including his final try of 285. That total was 35 pounds better than anyone in his class and gave him a total of 745 going into deadlift.

Dethloff’s win helped Paradise take third as a team at the regional meet.

Pulling More Than His Weight

PULLING MORE THAN HIS WEIGHT – Paradise’s Tanner Edwards attempts a deadlift Saturday during the Region 6 Division 3 powerlifting meet in Ponder. Messenger photo by Richard Greene


After squat and bench press, Paradise senior Taylor Edwards found himself tied with Olney’s Drew McVicker for second place in the 198-pound class Saturday.

Edwards, who is nearly seven pounds lighter that McVicker, owned the tiebreaker but still needed a solid deadlift to take second and earn a trip to state.

The Paradise senior pulled 475, forcing McVicker to try more than he could lift.

“He tried 460 to beat me,” Edwards said. “He didn’t get it. I ended up getting 475 and beat him by a lot.”

Edwards’ 475-pound lift gave him a total of 1,290, second-place in the class and a trip to state.

“I’ve been working for it all year,” Edwards said. “It wasn’t my best meet, but it was good enough to get to state.”

Pilot Point’s John Groff won the division with a total of 1,505.

After his squat of 475, Edwards was in fourth place behind Groff, McVicker and Chico’s Cameron Starnes.

“I was hoping to get 500. I left quite a bit of weight on squat,” Edwards said.

He made up ground on bench press, lifting 340 to pull into the tie for second with McVicker. The weight was second to Groff’s 365 in the division.

Starnes had a bench press of 260. He finished seventh with a total of 1,130.


Boyd’s Qualynn Wells took third in the 181-pound class Saturday. Wells finished with a total of 1,170 pounds. He landed a squat of 450, bench press of 255 and deadlift of 465.

In the 114-pound class, Chico’s Daniel Salinas finished third with a total of 750. He squatted 460, bench pressed 160 and pulled 330 on deadlift.


114: 3. Daniel Salinas, Chico, 750

123: 6. Armando Salinas, Chico, 745

132: 8. Issiah Meening, Chico, 830; 10. Brady North, Chico, 805

148: 1. Kelton Dethloff, Paradise, 1,220; 5. Creese Redman, Chico, 975; 6. Grayson Cobb, Paradise, 955

181: 3. Qualynn Wells, Boyd, 1,170

198: 2. Taylor Edwards, Paradise, 1,290; 7. Cameron Starnes, Chico, 1,130

275: 9. Tanner Edwards, Paradise, 1,075

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