Wolverines get a serious lift at nationals

Bayfield lands three lifters on podium

Three student-athletes from Bayfield High School lifted their way onto the podium at the National High School Powerlifting Championships in Las Vegas last weekend.

“All in all, that wasn’t too bad,” said lifting coach Herb Stinson, who directed the BHS lifters in Nevada.

Sonny Salazar, a former wrestler and all-conference football player for the Wolverines, finished as the national runner-up in the 123-pound category. Salazar had a clean and jerk lift of 215 pounds to finish as the second best lifter in the country in his division.

TJ Pazell, a Bayfield junior, also finished as a national runner-up in Las Vegas. Pazell, in the 176-pound class, had a clean lift of 295 pounds. The winner in his division cleaned 320 pounds.

Ian Sandrey, another multi-sport athlete at Bayfield High School, finished fourth in the national championships in his 152-pound division. He lifted 225 pounds in the clean and jerk competition.

The winner in Sandrey’s category lifted 255 pounds.

Stinson, the longtime head wrestling coach and assistant football coach at Bayfield High School, also leads the weight-training program at Bayfield High School.

Stinson retired from teaching and coaching in Bayfield this year.

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