The Pirates Powerlifting Team opened its season at the 8th Annual Basehor-Linwood Powerlifting Invitational on January 31st. This year was believed to be the all-time largest HS Powerlifting meet ever held in the midwest. The meet boasted 55 schools and over 800 lifters! The Belton Pirates finished 1st place in the Mens Division, 1st Place 9th/10th Boys Division, and 2nd Place in the Womens Division. We left the meet with 57 medals, team plaques, 7 all-time meet records and junior Zach Willis with the Lifter of the Meet Trophy! Great job by the Belton Pirates! All those placing in the top 6 and scoring team points are listed below, with many weight classes over 25 competitors as many as 46 in the Mens 198# class that Devin Hunter won. The two top squats of the entire meet regardless of weight class were both meet records with Tucker Elkins 520# and Zach Willis 525# squat. More individual accomplishments below!