Attributions: 
Lana H. Hiskey - Public Information Officer - Nebo School District

Nebo School District held their Finals District Junior High Weight Lifting Competition this past week. The competition included junior high students in the seventh through ninth grades and was held at Mt. Nebo Junior High School (MNJHS) in Payson.

Lynn Harmer said, “This competition is another opportunity for students to excel in a sport that is so individualistic. Each participant has to work out on their own schedule without a lot of coaching. They have to have their own desire to push themselves and become better and stronger. Each category demonstrates strength, speed, and endurance. I’m amazed how the students root each other on even though the competitor is not from their own school.”

For the final district competition the competition categories were military press, bench press, pull ups, medicine ball, vertical leap, pushups, sit ups, and a shuttle run.

The winners are in the following photos:

120 lbs. and Under

  • First Place: Hunter Hiskey, Diamond Fork Junior
  • Second Place: Kaden Jeffs, Mt. Nebo Junior
  • Third Place: Colton Horne, Mt. Nebo Junior
  • DFJHS Athletic Director Brian Argyle and MNJHS Coach Ben Marziale

121 to 140 lbs.

  • First Place: Paxton Patey, Diamond Fork Junior
  • Second Place: Taylar Allan, Mt. Nebo Junior
  • Third Place: Trevor Salimbene, Diamond Fork Junior
  • DFJHS Athletic Director Brian Argyle and MNJHS Coach Ben Marziale

141-160 lbs.

  • First Place: Jacob Wahinehookae, Diamond Fork Junior
  • Second Place: Guy Cuifici, Mt. Nebo Junior
  • Third Place: Joe Nettleton, Mt. Nebo Junior
  • DFJHS Athletic Director Brian Argyle and MNJHS Coach Ben Marziale

161-180 lbs.

  • First Place: Sam Davis, Mt. Nebo Junior
  • DFJHS Athletic Director Brian Argyle and MNJHS Coach Ben Marziale

180 lbs. and up

  • First Place: Jordan Brandon, Diamond Fork Junior
  • Second Place: Wyatt Tallon, Spanish Fork Junior
  • Third Place: Jeremy Benedict, Payson Junior
  • DFJHS Athletic Director Brian Argyle and MNJHS Coach Ben Marziale

Overall Weight Lifting Champ--the Best Score of the Competition:

  • Hunter Hiskey, Diamond Fork Junior
  • DFJHS Athletic Director Brian Argyle and MNJHS Coach Ben Marziale

Nebo District Athletic Director, Everett Kelepolo, said, “The event was outstanding. It is great to see young student athletes participate in a competition where everyone can win.”

The staff running the competition were MNJHS Athletic Director Lynn Harmer, MNJHS Coach Ben Marziale, and Diamond Fork Junior High School (DFJHS) Athletic Director Brian Argyle with many other staff helping in each category.

Diamond Fork Junior took First Place in every weight category that they competed.

Photo Diamond Fork Winners in order:

  • First Place: Jacob Wahinehookae
  • Third Place: Trevor Salimbene,
  • First Place: Paxton Patey
  • First Place: Jordan Brandon
  • Overall Winner & First Place: Hunter Hiskey