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Showing uplifting by Bergman, Vikes

Michael Traum

Lift weights, get strong, win football games.

South Tahoe High’s football team put its off-season training to the test during the 11th annual Northern Nevada High School Weight Lifting competition at Hug High recently.

The Vikings, led by performances of seniors and players who will return next season, finished third out of 11 teams.

“About 95 percent of the competitors were football players. It’s important to be strong if for nothing else than from a confidence level. And the nice thing about this is you get to compete against somebody in the off-season. These are the guys they’ll be lining up against next season,” said Tahoe coach Tim Jaureguito, whose group finished just one point behind Hug.

Leading the list of Viking performances was graduating senior Jason Bergman. Bergman, who will attend Huron University in South Dakota to play football in the fall, completed nine lifts with no scratches. He won the 146- to 165-pound class, and more impressively, was selected the top competitor in the lower-weight division.

“What Jason did is impressive. For his size, he’s worked very hard. Last year, he went down there and was kind of blown away. In the back of his mind he wanted to go back and win this thing,” Jaureguito said.

Among Bergman’s lifts were a 235-pound power clean, 285-pound bench press and 375-pound squat.

“I expected to do well. But I didn’t know if I was going to do that well when the competition first started. As we got going, I started feeling like I could win,” Bergman said.

In other Viking action, junior Corey Martin finished third in the 186- to 205-pound class. James Fabrizio won his junior varsity weight class while Forrest Brown was fourth as the junior varsity squad took fourth overall.

Jaureguito credited coaches Rod Robinson and Todd McIntyre for their help with the Tahoe lifters.

McQueen’s Bill Cofer led his school to a first-place varsity outing. The senior won his weight class and was chosen the upper-division’s top competitor. He benched 305, power cleaned 295 and squatted 445. Reno High was fourth behind Tahoe and Carson fifth.

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