BONNER SPRINGS — Pittsburg High School powerlifter Brett Freeman was crowned the Kansas 5A state champion on Saturday at Bonner Springs HIgh School.

Freeman bench pressed 205 pounds, squatted 295 pounds and power cleaned 205 pounds en route to winning the state title.

“This has been a three-year process for Brett,” PHS powerlifting head coach Leroy O’Bray said. “I’ve had him since he was a freshman and he’s worked really hard to achieve this goal. I was extremely proud of him when he hit his last lift to win. It was pretty emotional time for both of us to know how much he’s accomplished and to know that he brought home a state championship for himself and for this program. It just speaks volumes as to what we’ve done and the commitment he made. I’m extremely proud of him.”

As a team, the PHS boys placed sixth, while the girls took seventh.

“I’m very proud our team’s effort,” O’Bray said. “Hopefully, our success will carry over into spring sports. It was a great performance by our team.”

Second-place finishers for PHS included Arely Rodriguez, Ethan Weidert and Jason Campbell.

Shannon O’Hara took third place for the Purple Dragons, followed by Shay Mahnken and Vanessa Yaghmour in fourth place.

Sam Herring rounded out the top five in fifth place.

Isabella Pinamonti and Kiara Miller placed sixth and seventh respectively, while Zoe Pinamonti and Ethan Light each finished ninth.

Brandon Petty placed 10th overall, while his teammates Clayton Haake and Sydney Hall each took 12th.

Aaron Woods and Adam Lee each finished 13th.

Rebeccah Jones took 15th overall, Morgan Noe and Ben Blessent each placed 16th, Abbie Casper finished in 17th and Trevor Stover and Ethan Tomasi each placed 18th.

Sam Roark, Matt Cicero, Logan Kunkler and Blake Harrison each finished in 19th, while Dennis Heikes placed 20th.

— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.