Jesse Cowan was still keyed up after he had done his job.
The Springstead lifter had a bench press of 355 pounds and a 305-pound clean-and-jerk to win the 238-pound class with a 660-pound total at Wednesdays Class 2A, District 4 Meet.
His first place for the host Eagles means Cowan will move on to the FHSAA Finals April 19 in Kissimmee.
He hopes to bring home a shiny medal and something in silver would be nice.
I had a wrist problem, Cowan said. There was pressure to perform. My totals should be higher.
He came in over the (spring) break on Saturday and I worked some technique with him, said Springstead head coach Mike Garafano. It showed today. His power cleans are better than they have been all year. We went from 285 to 305 today. We got a real clean. The 660 total is real solid.
First-place winners automatically advanced to the state meet while lifters in second through fourth place have a chance for an at-large state berth.
Centrals Gio Squartino may get to state for the second straight year. He finished second in the 129-pound class. He had a bench press of 220 and a clean-and-jerk of 210 for a 430 total.
Squartino was practically addicted to his iPod as he worked out his tics in his routine. It seemed to work for him.
I was sick over spring break, Squartino said. I already have the school record. I was listening to Memphis Mayfire, a lot of hard-core rock.
Maybe, I was paying too much attention to him (Jack Holloway, who took first place). My arm touched my leg. That scratched me on the 220-pound lift.
He works his tail off, said Central head coach Mike Einspahr. Gio competes. He has a routine.
Class 2A, District 4 Meet
1. Ocala-Vanguard (VAN) 42; 2. Sunlake (SUN) 36; 3. Citrus (CIT) 31; 4. Lake Weir (LW) 21; 5. Central (CEN) 14; 6. Springstead (SPG) 13; 7. Ocala-West Port (WP) 12; 8. Clermont-East Ridge (ER) 9; 9. Lecanto (LEC) 7; 9. Land O Lakes (LOL) 7; 9. Lake Minneola (LM) 7; 12. Leesburg (LEE) 6; 12. Wiregrass Ranch (WGR) 6; 14. Ocala-Forest (FOR) 4; 15. Groveland-South Lake (SL) 4; 16. River Ridge (RR) 0.
(Top six score points, first place automatically qualifies for states)
119 1. Joshua Robare (LOL) 175-155330
129 1. Jack Holloway (SUN) 255-190445; 2. Gio Squartino (CEN) 220-210430; 4. William Levandowski (CEN) 180-150330
139 1. Chris Gwyn (LW) 230-210440
154 1. Kady McDow (CIT) 285-245530; 4. Austin Askew (CEN) 235-210445
169 1. James Pouncey (CIT) 265-270535
183 1. Jervan Etienne (LW) 325-255580; 4. Austin Stock (SPG) 300-225525
199 1. William Sims (WP) 340-300640
219 1. Steven Knowles (CIT) 305-335640
238 1. Jesse Cowan (SPG) 355-305660
HWT 1. Robert Taylor (VAN) 435-265700; 4. Ethan Kemp (SPG) 325-255580