The Greyhounds get bragging rights for the summer after edging the other local schools in the second-annual Granite City Lift-off.
Jonathan Wilmoth, a Mount Airy assistant coach for both football and baseball, said the weightlifting challenge is a way to give the boys some recognition for all the time they spend getting in shape for their various sports.
Most of the athletes involved in the challenge were football players, but wrestlers like Nathon Bautista and soccer player Victor Solis also put in strong showings.
The competition was scheduled to incorporate four events. However, the temperature on Saturday kept climbing, and the boys were struggling with the heat, said Wilmoth. As a safety precaution, the organizers decided to drop the last event, the grueling CrossFit category.
That left the bench press, squat and power clean events. If an athlete finished first in a category, that earned the team five points. Second place was four points, third place three points and so on.
North Surry took first with a score of 130. Mount Airy was close behind at 120 and East Surry just behind that at 116.5.
East Surry might have had a few more points if football standouts Madison Chilton and Lucas Koons weren’t still busy pursuing a state baseball title for the Cards, noted North Surry football coach Danny Lyons.
Surry Central was in fourth place with a 73.5, but that was misleading, noted Wilmoth. The Golden Eagles did well in the CrossFit last year and likely would have climbed higher if the final event had been completed.
In the bench press, rather than go by maximum weight, the Lift-Off did it like the NFL combine where players have to bench the same weight as many times as possible.
The idea is that a player has to push against an opponent his same size many times a game, so it’s good to know what his stamina is.
In order to keep the weight similar to the player’s own size, there were three weights used.
Those weighing 221 pounds or more used 225 pounds of weight, the same as the NFL. Those who weighed between 166-220 used 185 pounds. Those 165 and under used 135 pounds.
East Surry’s Christian Shinault (who has signed to play football for Kentucky Christian) blew away the competition, according to Wilmoth.
The 230-pound linebacker benched 225 pounds 21 times. North Surry’s Joe Flores was second at 18 reps. Shinault took first place for the 221-242 weight class, and Flores was first for the 243-275 class.
In the 199-220 weight class, North’s Carlos Flores benched 185 pounds a whopping 36 times. That tied for the most repetitions of any weight class with Central’s Solis. In the 149-165 class, Solis bench 135 pounds 36 times.
“I don’t care what anyone says, that’s incredible,” Wilmoth said of the two athletes reaching 36 reps.
However, to Wilmoth, what was great to see wasn’t the power lifters showing how much they could max. It was all the boys who hit new personal bests because they lifting regularly to improve.
“It was a very competitive day,” said North coach Danny Lyons. “Our guys been working really hard in the weight room, and it was obvious the other schools had, too.”
These are rivalry schools that battle hard on the football field, wrestling mat or soccer field, but on this afternoon, everyone there was pulling for the guy next to him, said Wilmoth. It was wonderful to see these young men bonding together over three or four hours.
While it has been the four local schools participating thus far, Wilmoth said he would love to see it grow and include some other nearby schools like Forbush, Elkin or West Stokes.
The guys are putting in the time this spring to get better for their individual sports, said Lyons.
“For the guys that are coming back next fall, this is a positive sign,” Lyons said of his football team.
The best part is that the players aren’t just hitting the weights because it is expected of them, he said. The boys are enjoying their time together, which makes it seem less like work.
A few athletes won all three categories in their weight class: Central’s Bautista (under 123 pounds), Central’s Solis (149-165), North’s Blaze Acord (166-181) and North’s Dakota Goss (182-198).
North’s Jordan DeHart, who missed all of last season with a leg injury, didn’t participate in the squat, but did a power clean of 300 pounds, easily the most in the competition. Lyons said he’s never seen a North Surry player hit 300 before.
As DeHart continues to heal, the rising senior could be a disruptive force on the defensive line. “Jordan could be a big piece of the puzzle, no doubt,” said Lyons.
Top Three Results
Bench PressSquatPower Clean
123 and under
1 Nathan Batista Surry Central 1 Nathan Batista Surry Central 1 Nathan Batista Surry Central
2 Caesar Cardosa North Surry 2 Daniel Stewart East Surry 2 Daniel Stewart East Surry
3 Daniel Stewart East Surry 3 Caesar Cardosa North Surry 3 Jacquez Green Mount Airy
1 Ryan Dollyhigh North Surry 1 Ty Brooks East Surry 1 Ryan Dollyhigh North Surry
2 Ty Brooks East Surry 2 Ryan Dollyhigh North Surry Daniel Morris North Surry
3 Eddie Nunez East Surry 3 Ian Holder Mount Airy 3 Ty Brooks East Surry
1 Andrew Kozlow East Surry 1 Johnl Dobson Mount Airy 1 Johnl Dobson Mount Airy
2 Isiah Simmons Mount Airy 2 Isiah Simmons Mount Airy 2 Andrew Kozlow East Surry
3 Johnl Dobson Mount Airy 3 Andrew Kozlow East Surry 3 Isiah Simmons Mount Airy
__________ Austin Darlington Surry Central Artemio Cortes Surry Central
1 Vic Solis Surry Central 1 Vic Solis Surry Central 1 Vic Solis Surry Central
2 Orion Ramey Mount Airy 2 Orion Ramey Mount Airy 2 Nathan Holder Mount Airy
3 Nathan Holder Mount Airy 3 Nathan Holder Mount Airy 3 Eddie Scott East Surry
1 Blaze Acord North Surry 1 Blaze Acord North Surry 1 Blaze Acord North Surry
2 Corbin Bullins North Surry 2 Gage Edwards East Surry Gage Edwards East Surry
3 Alex Hernandez Surry Central 3 Corbin Bullins North Surry 3 Corbin Bullins North Surry
_______________Alex Hernandez Surry Central
1 Dakota Goss North Surry 1 Dakota Goss North Surry 1 Dakota Goss North Surry
2 Corey Mckeithen North Surry 2 Corey Mckeithen North Surry 2 Wes Bumgardner Mount Airy
3 Stephen Bruner Surry Central 3 Wes Bumgardner Mount Airy 3 Travis Pugh East Surry
1 Carlos Flores North Surry 1 David Sparger Mount Airy 1 JT Lichtenberger East Surry
2 JT Lichtenberger East Surry 2 Carlos Flores North Surry 2 Alex Martin Surry Central
3 Jorge Hernandez Mount Airy 3 Alex Martin Surry Central 3 David Sparger Mount Airy
_______________ Aaron Poindexter Surry Central
_______________ Garrett Vass East Surry
1 Christian Shinault East Surry 1 Raymond Salazar Surry Central 1 Jordon Dehart North Surry
2 Jordon Dehart North Surry 2 Andrew Jones Mount Airy 2 Christian Shinault East Surry
3 Andrew Jones Mount Airy 3 Shiem Smith Mount Airy 3 Andrew Jones Mount Airy
Raymond Salazar Surry Central
276 and up
1 Joe Flores North Surry 1 Joe Flores North Surry 1 Austin Corns East Surry
2 Austin Corns East Surry 2 Austin Corns East Surry 2 Joe Flores North Surry
3 Travis Bohr East Surry 3 Travis Bohr East Surry 3 Travis Bohr East Surry