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Springstead’s Cowan earns state berth

Hernando Today correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: April 4, 2013 at 03:40 PM
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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 Wednesday’s 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.

Central’s 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

At Springstead

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) 175-155—330

129 – 1. Jack Holloway (SUN) 255-190—445; 2. Gio Squartino (CEN) 220-210—430; 4. William Levandowski (CEN) 180-150—330

139 – 1. Chris Gwyn (LW) 230-210—440

154 – 1. Kady McDow (CIT) 285-245—530; 4. Austin Askew (CEN) 235-210—445

169 – 1. James Pouncey (CIT) 265-270—535

183 – 1. Jervan Etienne (LW) 325-255—580; 4. Austin Stock (SPG) 300-225—525

199 – 1. William Sims (WP) 340-300—640

219 – 1. Steven Knowles (CIT) 305-335—640

238 – 1. Jesse Cowan (SPG) 355-305—660

HWT – 1. Robert Taylor (VAN) 435-265—700; 4. Ethan Kemp (SPG) 325-255—580

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