Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

WeightliftingState, Class 2A

State weightlifting: Wesley Chapel freshman Hunter Joyer is just shy of first

DAYTONA BEACH — Little brother got the best of his big brother during the state weightlifting championships at Embry-Riddle's ICI Center on Saturday.

Wesley Chapel's Hunter Joyer, a 14-year-old freshman, took home a second-place medal when he lifted a personal-best 720 pounds in the 238-pound weight class. He had a bench of 445 pounds and a clean and jerk of 275 pounds, falling 5 pounds shy of Flagler Palm Coast Robert Paxia's winning total of 725 pounds.

The younger Joyer also will enjoy family bragging rights as older brother, Kamran Joyer, barely missed out on a medal in the heavyweight class. He had a bench of 415 and a clean and jerk of 270 to finish with a ninth-place total of 685 pounds.

"It feels great, especially with this being my first year, and I have three more years to win a state championship," said Hunter Joyer, who lifted 20 pounds more than his winning sectional total. "It would have been more enjoyable to finish first, but at least I finished second."

Paxia had to clean and jerk 310 on his second lift after opening with 285 for the victory.

"I wasn't expecting him to get the 310," Joyer said. "But I don't think I could have gone any higher. … I wanted to win, but it gives me something to shoot for in the future."

Wesley Chapel was the highest finisher among the local teams, finishing in a four-way tie for 16th with five points.

Sarasota and Spruce Creek tied for the state title with 21 points.

Medalists included Springstead's Steven Sullivan, who finished third in the 139-pound class, and River Ridge's Justin Russell, who was fourth in 169. Sullivan had a bench of 265 and a clean and jerk of 215 for 480 total, and Russell had a bench of 315 and a clean and jerk of 265 for 580 total.

Team Scores

1. Sarasota 21, 1. Spruce Creek 21, 3. Lake Brantley 13, 3. DeLand 13, 5. Jupiter 12, 6. Escambia 10, 7. Winter Springs 8, 7. Fort Walton Beach 8, 9. Mosley 7, 10. Palatka 7, 16. Wesley Chapel 5, 20. Springstead 4, 26. River Ridge 3, 38. Central 0.

State weightlifting: Wesley Chapel freshman Hunter Joyer is just shy of first 04/19/08 [Last modified: Saturday, April 19, 2008 10:41pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. USF tight end Palmore faces charge of credit card fraud

    Crime

    A University of South Florida football player faces charges of fraudulent use of a credit card and petit theft following his arrest by Temple Terrace police on Monday.

    USF senior tight end Adrian Palmore faces charges of fraudulent use of a credit card and petit theft after his arrest by Temple Terrace police on June 19, 2017. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  2. Rowdies defender gets the call to represent Jamaica

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG —- Damion Lowe has loved his first season with the Rowdies but has some other soccer-related business that might pull him away for a bit.

    Family business, too.

    Tampa Bay Rowdies defender Damion Lowe collides with Louisville City FC forward Luke Spencer earlier this year.
  3. Sarasota's Scooter Gennett: Utility man turned historic slugger

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — On June 10, 2009, the Brewers selected a Sarasota High School shortstop in the 16th round of the MLB draft. He'd assembled an impressive resume in prep ball, but as one of more than 1,500 players drafted that year, he had a tough road to the big leagues.

    Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett (4) of Sarasota makes the throw to first as Rays DH Trevor Plouffe (14) grounds into a double play at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg Monday, June 19, 2017. For Gennett, the three-game series this week with the Rays was his first trip back to Tampa Bay since his historic four-home run game June 6, 2017 against St. Louis. DIRK SHADD   |   Times  

  4. Vegas Golden Knights expansion selections

    Lightning Strikes

    Vegas Golden Knights expansion selections

    Goaltenders

    Calvin Pickard, Colorado Avalanche

    J.F. Berube, New York Islanders

    Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Forwards

    Teemu Pulkkinen, Arizona Coyotes

    William Carrier, Buffalo Sabres

    Cody Eakin, Dallas Stars …

  5. Lightning's Victor Hedman third in Norris Trophy voting

    Lightning Strikes

    Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman knew he was a long shot to win the Norris Trophy, given to the league's top defenseman, at Wednesday's NHL awards show.

    LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 21:  Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning attends the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena on June 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) 700065353