Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Mooney's Seed Gets Second in State

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Mooney's Seed Gets Second in State

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STATE MEET: Teammate Anthony Caiazzo earns third at 154 pounds

KISSIMMEE -- Cardinal Mooney's Nick Seed tore his labrum before last football season and then recently injured his shoulder, which forced him to miss the last two weeks of weightlifing workouts.

So the 316-pound senior was not exactly the best prepared heavyweight at the FHSAA Class 1A Weightlifting Finals on Friday at the Kissimmee Civic Center.

Seed pulled off a second-place finish, though, with a 330-pound clean-and-jerk on his final attempt, a weight that teammate Curtis Cole calculated he would need to clinch the runner-up spot at his weight. Seed wanted to try for 345.

"He saved me from getting third or fourth," Seed said. "He was the one saying I gotta get 330. I'm pretty happy with that (finish). I'm happy I even got to come lift. I definitely owe it to my teammates, my coaches and my friend, Joey Powers, who passed away."

Actually, Seed bailed out Mooney coach Josh Smithers from a coaching blunder, because he let Seed first try for 330 on his second attempt, which he missed, when he only needed 325 pounds to secure second place, because he was tied for second.

"I would have felt horrible," Smithers said.

Anthony Caiazzo placed third at 154 pounds with a two-lift total of 295-250 for 545. Cole took eighth place at 139 pounds with a 240- 225 for 465 total.

The nine points earned by Seed (five) and Caizzo (four) gave Cardinal Mooney an eighth-place finish.

"That's a great day for us," Smithers said.

This marks the first time in seven years that the Cougars have had a top-three finisher in the state meet. In 2005, heavyweight Matt Cristiani was second, as was Ryan Shaefer at 183 that year, Smithers said.

Caiazzo had issues of his own. He had to cut back his training last week because of the flu and then this week had to cut back on his food intake to ensure he would make weight.

So the Cardinal Mooney junior, best known as the Cougars' 1,000- yard running back, was not at full strength and already had two strikes against him when he began competition in the 154-pound division.

Caiazzo was unable to lift his personal best in the bench press, settling for a lift 295 pounds. …

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