Crawford: High school powerlifter brings home the gold

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CRAWFORD, Texas (KWTX) Crawford High School junior Seth Kohlscheen has brought home the coveted hardware he told his classmates he hoped to win after the powerlifter claimed the Class 2A powerlifting gold at a state meet in Abilene, setting a personal best record in all three events.

Crawford High School junior Seth Kohlscheen. (Courtesy photo)

Kohlscheen came into the event ranked number one in the state, but landed in the fifth spot after his first event, squatting a personal record of 710 pounds.

He then made gains in the bench press with another personal record of 405 pounds which moved him into third.

Kohlscheen took it all home after deadlifting a personal lift of 605 pounds.

The junior made it to Abilene after winning the regional powerlifting tournament in West by squatting 700 pounds, benching 385 and pumping 585 pounds on the dead lift.

“He is very humble so he doesn't like to brag about himself,” his mother, Jodi Kohlscheen, said.

“But he is very strong. It kind of makes me nervous sometimes when I know he had 700 pounds on a squat but I’m just proud of him and I cheer him on and tell him I don't care if you get first place or last place, I’m still proud of him.”

It’s pride that’s felt throughout the tight-knit community of Crawford.

On Friday morning, students and staff gathered in the school to rally around the 55-foot-11, 300-pound athlete.

“We expect big things from Seth because he’s a big guy and let me tell you this, he is the number one ranked super heavy weight in the Division 3 in this state,” Seth’s powerlifting and offensive line coach Greg Jacobs told the crowd Friday.

“I know him well enough to know he’s going to stay that way by the end of tomorrow.”

Jodi says that her husband, Bob, calls their son a gym rat because during the summer he’ll sometimes lift as often as three times a day.

It’s a passion that sort of developed by accident after a football coach encouraged Seth to give powerlifting a whirl if for nothing else than to be better prepared for the football field, his parents said.

“Powerlifting is not a UIL sport. It’s his own thing and Crawford has a good program and he wanted to lift weights to get strong for football and his coach wanted him to compete. Once he got in to start lifting he realized he really liked it,” his mom said.

Jodi says the unexpected journey has been a fun one even if it means occasionally cooking a few more meals at home.

“Well, he tries to eat healthy but sometimes he's like a bottomless pit,” Jodi said.

“But he doesn’t eat junk food or anything like that. He’s pretty solid. He'll flex up and say ‘momma hit my stomach.’ It’s like a brick wall.”

Jodi said all of Crawford rallied behind her big boy who took the last few moment of the pep rally Friday to thank the town.