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February 14, 2014

Local man shatters state lifting records

— LANCASTER — Travis Moyer knows nothing of the learning curve in regards to competitive weightlifting.

The Laurelton man, in just his second competition, broke four state records in the under-23 division last weekend in Lancaster. Moyer, a Mifflinburg High School graduate, set marks in the bench press (330), dead lift (525) and squat (485); his combined total (1,340) is also a new record.

What’s more, Moyer’s weight in the bench is a new national junior raw modern class record.

“I stayed pretty laid back,” says Moyer, who works in landscaping at Ettinger’s in Montoursville. “I didn’t want to let (other competitors) get in my head at all.”

Just 23, Moyer got into weightlifting with Mifflinburg teachers Josh Hetrick and Adam Snook. Hetrick also competed last weekend in Lancaster.

“We started messing around with some competitions,” Moyer says, “and now I’m starting to like it a lot more. ... Hetrick knows his stuff really well; he’s a good trainer.”

A former football and baseball player at Mifflinburg, Moyer was drawn to the competitive aspect of lifting.

“I just played sports my whole life and then I started lifting because it was another challenge,” says Moyer, who was a member of the 2007 Mifflinburg football team that qualified for the District 4 Class AA playoffs. “When my weight started going up pretty quick, (Hetrick and Snook) mentioned competitions, so I just went with that.”

Snook, who competes in the 181-pound class, already has his sights set on another Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate competition in Lancaster this summer — if he does well there, he could qualify for nationals.

Before then, however, Moyer, Hetrick and Snook have a little reward planned for themselves. The annual “Arnold Sports Festival” (named for Arnold Schwarzenegger) in Columbus, Ohio, is coming up in late February, and the trio are planning on attending. The Arnold Sports Festival has become a huge event for athletes, especially bodybuilders, weightlifters and MMA fighters. There are competitions in many sports there, including bodybuilding, wrestling and armswrestling.

“They have stuff set up on supplements,” Moyer says, “and you talk to people who have been doing it for years, so it’s a learning experience.”

Then, it will be back to the weight room at Mifflinburg High School. Moyer enjoys the opportunity to work with the current group of Wildcats.

“We’re helping all the high school kids,” he says. “It’s an inspiration for them. And helping them is rewarding.”

 

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