Andrew Pifer

Bucyrus High School junior Andrew Pifer won the 175-pound weight division title recently at the state powerlifting meet at Kenton High School.

BUCYRUS -- Bucyrus High School junior Andrew Pifer won the 175-pound weight division title recently at the state powerlifting meet at Kenton High School.

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

“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.

“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!”

Pifer 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 at 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 football and powerlifting coach Aaron Eckert said. “He has an ongoing desire to get stronger and become better at powerlifting, and we look for him to continue that success into the spring and ultimately into next football season.”

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 pounds.

“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.”

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