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Gold medal winners in the 14-15 age group: (left to right) Jeff Cordon and Ronnie Okungu of Whitehall; Seth Oriel, Nathanial Hower, and Dylan Moyer all of Panther Valley; Tre Nelson, Palmerton; Josh Katchmar and Steve Bolusky of Mahanoy Area. Missing from the photo is Anthony Dex of Whitehall. Gold medal winners in the 14-15 age group: (left to right) Jeff Cordon and Ronnie Okungu of Whitehall; Seth Oriel, Nathanial Hower, and Dylan Moyer all of Panther Valley; Tre Nelson, Palmerton; Josh Katchmar and Steve Bolusky of Mahanoy Area. Missing from the photo is Anthony Dex of Whitehall.
Gold medal winners in the 16-18 age group: (left to right) Nick Hollenbach, Tamaqua; Aaron Genevese and Jake Kerchner of Whitehall; Zach Tidmore, Blue Mountain; James Wah, Whitehall; John Snyder, Palmerton; Austin Forte, Mahanoy Area, and Alex Zmyewski, Palmerton. Gold medal winners in the 16-18 age group: (left to right) Nick Hollenbach, Tamaqua; Aaron Genevese and Jake Kerchner of Whitehall; Zach Tidmore, Blue Mountain; James Wah, Whitehall; John Snyder, Palmerton; Austin Forte, Mahanoy Area, and Alex Zmyewski, Palmerton.

Whitehall takes first place in weightlifting competition

Thursday, August 23, 2012 by The Press in Sports

Nearly 100 football players along with their family members, friends, and coaches packed the Palmerton High School gymnasium back in June for the Eighth Annual Blue Bomber Football Invitational Weightlifting Competition.

Meet newcomer Whitehall captured the team championship on the strength of six gold, seven silver, and eight bronze medals. The 40 team points earned by the Zephyrs were enough to comfortably better Palmerton and Panther Valley's total of 21 each for the team title. Palmerton finished in second and Panther Valley in third based on the tie-breaker criteria of more gold medals.

Three meet records were broken and one tied in the event. One of the new record holders, Palmerton's John Snyder, stole the show. Weighing in at 251 pounds, Snyder smashed the previous weight class and overall meet record by squatting an astounding 565 pounds to go along with his bench press of 365 pounds to total 930 pounds beating the previous meet best total by 85 pounds.

Both of the meet's most outstanding lifters came from team-champion Whitehall In the 16-18-year-old category, James Wah earned the trophy for his lifts of 400-pounds in the squat and 225 pounds in the bench while weighing in at just 150 pounds. In the 14-15 age group, top honors went to Jeff Cordon with a very impressive 510-pound squat and 285-pound bench, while weighing 225 pounds

TEAM STANDINGS:

1. Whitehall 40 points

2. Palmerton 21

3. Panther Valley 21

4. Tamaqua 16

5. Mahanoy Area 15

Listed below are the medal winners with their overall total and squat and bench lifts in parenthesis. The lifts were performed 'raw' meaning no knee wraps, bench shirts, or wrist wraps.

14-15 year-old division

120-pounds

GOLD: Seth Oriel, Panther Valley 255 (150/105)

135 pounds

GOLD: Ronnie Okungu, Whitehall 465 (290/175)

SILVER: Austin Young, Whitehall

BRONZE: Zane Eickoff, Panther Valley

150 pounds

GOLD: Nathanial Hower, Panther Valley 515 (325/190)

SILVER: Kyle Ferryman, Panther Valley

BRONZE: Conner Sullivan, Whitehall

165 pounds

GOLD: Anthony Dex, Whitehall 520 (320/200)

SILVER: Mike Tsamutalis, Whitehall

BRONZE: Saquan Barcley, Whitehall

180 pounds

GOLD: Dylan Moyer, Panther Valley 500 (285/215)

SILVER: Matt Meyers, Whitehall

BRONZE: Jacob Horn, Palmerton

195 pounds

GOLD: Tre Nelson, Palmerton 630 (365/265)

SILVER: Tyler Skripko, Tamaqua

BRONZE: Danny Roustic, Whitehall

210 pounds

GOLD: Josh Katchmar, Mahanoy Area 665 (365/300) * Ties Meet Record

SILVER: Anthony Maradeo, Palmerton

BRONZE: Zach Merenda, Tamaqua

225 pounds

GOLD: Jeff Cordon, Whitehall 795 (510/285) * New Meet Record

SILVER: Rian Shubeck, Panther Valley

BRONZE: Devin Murphy, Tamaqua

HW

GOLD: Stephen Bolousky, Mahanoy Area 650 (385/265)

SILVER: Orlando Bonilla, Whitehall

BRONZE: Edgardo Rivera, Whitehall

16-18 year-old division

150 pounds

GOLD: James Wah, Whitehall 625 (400/225) * New Meet Record

SILVER: Garrett Stahler, Palmerton

165 pounds

GOLD: Nick Hollenbach, Tamaqua 635 (355/280)

SILVER: Darius Young, Whitehall

BRONZE: Jacob Peck, Palmerton

180 pounds

GOLD: Austin Forte, Mahanoy Area 655 (410/245)

SILVER: Nick Sommer, Whitehall

BRONZE: Carlos Figueroa, Whitehall

195 pounds

GOLD: Zach Tidmore, Blue Mountain 685 (380/305)

SILVER: Nick Coccio, Tamaqua

BRONZE: Eugene Kochen, Panther Valley

210 pounds

GOLD: Jake Kerchner, Whitehall 720 (475/245)

SILVER: Richie Smith, Panther Valley

BRONZE: Kenny Mann, Whitehall

225 pounds

GOLD: Alex Zmyewski, Palmerton 620 (375/245)

SILVER: Shawn Glosek, Whitehall

BRONZE: Pat Lynch, Whitehall

255 pounds

GOLD: John Snyder, Palmerton 930 (565/365) * New Meet Record

HW

GOLD: Aaron Genevese, Whitehall 770 (450/320)

SILVER: Cody Houser, Tamaqua

BRONZE: Shawn Cramsie, Whitehall