KISSIMMEE — Sunlake High’s Alec Cremeans and Wiregrass Ranch High’s Jordan Mutcherson both fell a bit short of medaling.
Cremeans, however, can chase the medal next year.
Cremeans posted a 520-pound total Saturday at the FHSAA Boys Weightlifting Class 2A Finals at the Kissimmee Civic Center.
He had a bench press of 270 pounds and a clean and jerk of 250. He finished 11th in the 154-pound class.
The sophomore tried for a possible medal with a 275-pound clean and jerk but couldn’t hold it.
“I felt pretty nervous going into it,” said Cremeans. “I felt like it was an awesome experience just to be here. I wish I could have done more. I felt like I could have got (the last lift), but I needed more height. (Sunlake coach Matt Smith) is always working us in the weight room. I’ll take first next year.”
“He did a great job this year,” Smith said. “He went for it at the end. If he had stuck it, he would have taken sixth place.
“I’m really proud of him. The good thing is, he is only a sophomore and will come back two more years. So, we’ll be coming back next year.”
Mutcherson was genuinely happy to complete his first trip to a boys state weightlifting meet.
He had a bench press of 325 pounds and a clean and jerk of 265 pounds for a respectable 590-pound total.
He was tied for 14th in the 238-pound class.
“I enjoyed it,” he said. “I had butterflies. I thank coach (Adamm) Oliver for his help. Without him, I couldn’t have gotten this far. All the hard work in the weight room paid off.”
“He really progressed,” Oliver said. “He went up 15 pounds on his bench. I’m really proud of him. He showed dedication. He was a leader on the team. He carried us. He added 30 pounds between conference and districts.
“He went up at the right time. We really made some progress. He finished strong with a 265 lift (in the clean and jerk).”
New Smyrna Beach won the state team title with 21 points.